President Trump was all-in for the man he called "Big Luther" -- Alabama's Sen. Luther Strange, the Republican appointed to replace former Sen. Jeff Sessions when Sessions became Trump's attorney general. Repeatedly the president endorsed Strange on his favored medium, Twitter, and campaigned with Strange on Friday at a raucous rally in Birmingham, Ala.
Strange was the underdog from the start but Trump repeatedly boasted that, thanks to his backing, "Big Luther" was "shooting up" in the polls. As many expected, however, the winner of the Republican runoff contest on Tuesday was zealously Christian conservative Roy Moore, who twice was suspended from Alabama's Supreme Court for defying federal law in favor of what he calls "God's law."
By Wednesday morning, some of Trump's tweets documenting his support for loser Strange, including the one above, were gone from his personal Twitter account. The deleted Tweets were tracked by ProPublica, including these: