Donald Trump’s candidate loses Alabama election. Trump tries to congratulate winner, screws it up, deletes it

In a sign of how much Donald Trump’s influence has waned over the past months, his candidate in the U.S. Senate primary race in Alabama lost badly tonight. In a sign of just how flustered bumbling Trump has become, he tried to congratulate the winner – only to blow it in rather embarrassing fashion, to the point that he ended up having to delete it entirely.

Trump had endorsed Luther Strange in the Republican primary race for the U.S. Senate seat in Alabama, even going so far as to travel to the state to campaign for him. But Luther lost by a sizable margin to his fellow Republican candidate Roy Moore, who had notably received the endorsement of recently fired Trump adviser Steve Bannon.

Trump tried to act gracious about the loss, tweeting “Congratulations to Roy Moore on his Republican Primary win in Alabama. Luther Strange started way back & ran a good race. Roy, WIN in Nov!” The trouble: that’s not the story.

Thirteen minutes later, Trump had to delete that tweet after someone on his team had presumably informed him belatedly that the general election is actually in December. Even on the rare occasion when Trump was trying to tweet the right thing, he still managed to blow it.

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