GOP senator: Flake donation to Alabama Dem 'a bad idea'

GOP senator: Flake donation to Alabama Dem 'a bad idea'
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Sen. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SassePrimary challenge to Trump? It could help him in 2020 Pollster: Attitudes toward Trump's farm aid are 'highly wrapped up' in feelings toward president Poll: Majority of Americans support Trump's plan to offer aid to farmers hit by tariffs MORE (R-Neb.) on Tuesday objected to Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeBiden endorses first Latina attorney general candidate in Arizona Primary challenge to Trump? It could help him in 2020 Trump stays out of Arizona's ugly and costly GOP fight MORE (R-Ariz.) donating $100 to Democratic Alabama Senate candidate Doug Jones's campaign, calling it “a bad idea.”

“This donation is a bad idea. It’s possible to be against BOTH partial birth abortion AND child molestation,” Sasse tweeted, referring to Jones's position on abortion, as well as the sexual misconduct allegations against Jones's Republican rival, Roy Moore.

Flake, a frequent critic of Moore, tweeted on Tuesday that he was donating $100 to Jones’s campaign, writing in the memo line of the check “Country over Party."

When asked if he'd support Moore or Jones, or abstain, Sasse said he wouldn't vote for either candidate.

"If you don’t reject 2 bad choices now, you won’t get better choices in the future,” Sasse tweeted.

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Moore is facing allegations about his conduct decades ago, including an accusation by one woman who said Moore touched her sexually when she was 14, and another who said Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 16. Other women have said Moore made advances on them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s.

Moore has denied the allegations, and fired back at Flake on Tuesday, using the donation as a fundraising plea.

Flake, who has announced he will not seek reelection in 2018, said prior to the sexual misconduct allegations that he would not support Moore, citing the candidate's past comments that Muslims should not be able to serve in Congress.

President Trump on Monday gave Moore his full endorsement.