Roy Moore was seen Thursday night in Alabama leaving his office just hours after he was told by the White House to concede the US Senate election to Democratic rival Doug Jones.
The controversial Republican judge was seen with with his wife walking out of his Foundation for Moral Law office in downtown Montgomery on Thursday.
On Tuesday, Moore lost the special election for the US Senate seat to Jones – a result that is considered a shocking upset given that Alabama is a ruby red state.
A Democrat had not won major office in Alabama in 31 years.
Earlier on Thursday, Moore was bluntly told by the White House to give up his claim he could still win the election.
Roy Moore was seen Thursday night in Alabama leaving his office just hours after he was told by the White House to concede the US Senate election to Democratic rival Doug Jones
The controversial Republican judge was seen with with his wife walking out of his Foundation for Moral Law office in downtown Montgomery on Thursday
He had earlier refused to answer DailyMail.com’s questions on Thursday as he was caught walking outside his office.
At the White House Thursday, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president’s actions prove that he believes the race is done.
‘I think the President’s position is pretty clear, in his outreach to Doug Jones directly, he called and they spoke yesterday,’ Huckabee Sanders said.
When a reporter followed up and asked if the president thought Moore had lost ‘fair and square,’ the press secretary agreed.
‘I think the numbers reflect that, and I think the President’s outreach shows that,’ Huckabee Sanders said.
DailyMail.com found Moore outside his Foundation for Moral Law office in Montgomery, Alabama on Thursday and he refused to answer questions about the race. At the White House Sarah Huckabee Sanders said his concession speech ‘should already have taken place’
Republican Roy Moore (right) was accompanied by an aide and said ‘we’re not talking’ when asked if he planned to concede to Democrat Doug Jones, who bested him by more than 20,000 on Tuesday night
‘It’s in the – we put out a statement,’ Roy Moore told DailyMail.com when asked if he still planned to pursue a recount against Doug Jones
Republican Roy Moore’s (left) loss Tuesday night allowed a Democrat, Doug Jones, to become a senator for the state for the first time in 31 years
Moore materialized on YouTube Wednesday night, putting out a message to supporters saying he would stay in the race until all the mail-in ballots were counted
At another point in the briefing, Huckabee Sanders suggested that Moore’s concession speech ‘should have already taken place.’
Moore was seen exclusively for the first time Moore has been seen out in public since election night, when he was bested by Democrat Doug Jones in Alabama’s special Senate election by more than 20,000 votes and refused to throw in the towel.
‘We’re not talking,’ he said, when asked if he planned to concede. ‘It’s in the – we put out a statement, ‘ he answered when asked if he still planned to pursue a recount.
The statement was a nearly five-minute-long message that Moore posted to YouTube Wednesday night saying, ‘And the battle rages on.’
‘Today we no longer recognize the universal truth that God is the author of our life and liberty, abortion, sodomy and materialism have taken the place of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,’ Moore warned.
The candidate, whose campaign was upset by accusations that he preyed on teenage girls, quoted Bible verses from the book of Ephesians and a speech from President Lincoln, and stated that he was staying in the race because the ‘heart and soul of our country is at stake.’
Moore hadn’t been heard from since he left the stage of his Montgomery, Alabama election night party telling the crowd that ‘when the vote is this close it is not over,’ and advising them to ‘go home and sleep on it.’ He also said he would look to God.
After that Moore went dark.
Moore appeared briefly at his election night fete and told supporters that he wasn’t conceding
Moore told supporters and reporters at his election night party that ‘when the vote is this close it is not over,’ instructing those gathered in the Montgomery, Alabama venue to, ‘go home and sleep on it’
Moore walks off stage with his wife Kayla (second right) after telling his supporters he would not concede defeat till all the votes were in and possibly demand a recount
Three emails to Moore’s spokeswoman went unreturned through Wednesday and a campaign official DailyMail.com reached by phone said he didn’t know Moore’s plans.
A source in Alabama’s secretary of state’s office told DailyMail.com that beyond an initial conversation staffers had with both teams, prompted by media interest, Moore’s campaign hadn’t been back in touch about a recount Wednesday.
Moore had floated Tuesday night that he would wait until the mail-in ballots, which include many military members, were counted to see if the closeness of the race would trigger an automatic, state-paid-for, recount.
He repeated that plan Wednesday night.
‘In this race we have not received the final count to include military and provision ballots,’ he said. ‘This has been a very close race and we are waiting for certification by the secretary of state.’
In his YouTube message, however, he didn’t speak of a recount.
He did, however, outline a number of things that bothered him, in a red meat message to his right-wing base.
We have stopped prayer in schools,’ he said. ‘We have murdered over 60 million of our unborn children.’
‘We’ve redefined marriage and destroyed the basis of family, which is the building block of our country. Our borders are not secure. Our economy is faltering under an enormous national debt. And we have a huge drug problem,’ he went on.
‘We’ve even gone to recognize the man to claim to be a woman and vise versa,’ he continued. ‘We have allowed judges and justices to rule over our constitution and we have become slaves to our tyranny. Immortality sweeps over our land.’
He also spent a brief moment suggesting the multiple allegation against him, of sexual assault and harassment, were really just distractions keeping peoples eyes away from the ball.
‘Even our political process has been affected by baseless and false allegations, which have become more relevant than the true issues, which effect our country,’ he said.
As Moore keeps his campaign plodding along, the political world has already moved on.
At a press conference Wednesday, Jones told reporters he’d been phone by Trump, who supported Moore in the final stretch, and was invited to the White House by the president once he got to Washington.
Sen. Luther Strange, who’s currently in the Alabama Senate seat, had talked to Jones too, about planning for their transition.
Huckabee Sanders also suggested Wednesday there had been not contact between Trump and Moore, telling DailyMail.com she was ‘not aware’ of any phone call.
Even Alabama’s secretary of state, a self-proclaimed Moore supporter, told CNN Wednesday morning that ”Judge Moore is not the victor in this campaign.’
‘I know a lot of people would say it’s not over until it’s over, but the margin of victory for Doug Jones at this particular time looks like a very difficult amount of votes to overcome as the remaining votes that are out there to be counted next week begin to be considered at the local level,’ Secretary of State John Merrill said.
Recount decisions can’t be made until the vote is certified later in the month, but Moore would need to get within .5 per cent of Jones for the state to pay for it.
Right now the Democrat is 1.5 per cent ahead.
Moore was shockingly beaten by Democrat Doug Jones (pictured) who’s the first Democrat to be elected in Alabama to the Senate in 31 years
Alabama’s Secretary of State John Merrill said on CNN Wednesday morning that ‘Judge Moore is not the victor in this campaign,’ and expressed doubt that an automatic recount would be triggered looking at the election’s current vote totals
And even if Moore tried to pursue a recount that his campaign would pay for it might be mired in legal trouble.
Writing for his Election Law Blog, Rick Hasen pointed out that the two sections of the law that allows candidates to pursue what Merrill called an ‘on-demand recount’ don’t mention the U.S. Senate as an office where the statute applies.
Under one section of the law those that can pursue a recount include candidates for ‘Governor, Secretary of State, Auditor, Treasurer, Attorney General, Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries, Public Service Commissioner, senator or representative in the Legislature, justices of the Supreme Court, judges of the courts of appeals, judge of the circuit court or district court, or any office which is filled by the vote of a single county, or to the office of constable.’
The other section of the law mentions, ‘any person declared to be elected to the office of senator or representative in the Legislature, judge of the circuit court or district court, any office which is filled by the vote of a single county, or constable.’
‘Moore is not those,’ Hasen noted.
ROY MOORE’S YOUTUBE MESSAGE TO SUPPORTERS
Good evening, tomorrow my wife and I will celebrate our 32nd wedding anniversary. I want to thank her and all my family for standing with me through this long and arduous campaign and of course I want to thank all of you who stood with me in this very important battle for the future of our country.
We are indeed in a struggle for to preserve our republic, our civilization and our religion and to set free a suffering humanity. And the battle rages on.
In this race we have not received the final count to include military and provision ballots. This has been a very close race and we are waiting for certification by the secretary of state.
This particular race was watched not only by the people of this state but by the entire nation and many around the world. Why? Because I believe the heart and soul of our country is at stake.
Like most Americans I’m concerned about the future of our country, both financially and morally. After the election of Donald Trump a little over a year ago I saw a window of hope and an opportunity that we could return to our founding principles and the Constitution of the United States, which has governed us for over 200 years.
Our forefathers recognized in Declaration of Independence that all men and women are created equal and endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
That American dream has today been tainted by corrupt politics and a government that has become out of control and out of touch with the people. Many of those do not are the vision of those who built this country
Today we no longer recognize the universal truth that God is the author of our life and liberty, abortion, sodomy and materialism have taken the place of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
In the words of Abraham Lincoln, “We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our own hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.”
We have stopped prayer in schools. We have murdered over 60 million of our unborn children. We’ve redefined marriage and destroyed the basis of family, which is the building block of our country. Our borders are not secure. Our economy is faltering under an enormous national debt. And we have a huge drug problem. We’ve even gone to recognize the man to claim to be a woman and vise versa. We have allowed judges and justices to rule over our constitution and we have become slaves to our tyranny. Immortality sweeps over our land.
Even our political process has been affected by baseless and false allegations, which have become more relevant than the true issues, which effect our country.
This election was tainted by over 50 million dollars by outside groups that want to retain power in their own corrupt ideology. No longer is this about Republican or Democrat control, it’s truly been said there’s not a dime’s worth of difference between them. It’s about a Washington establishment that will not listen to the cries of its citizenry.
Together we must stand against those who would take from us our country.
In the word of the holy scriptures, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
The sacrifices of brave men and women throughout our history cry out to us, the living, to be dedicated to the unfinished work to which many of them gave the ultimate sacrifice.
Let us here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people, by the people and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
Thank you, Merry Christmas and may God bless you.