Nigel Farage, former leader of the U.K. Independence Party, is campaigning in Alabama for U.S. Senate candidate and former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore.
Farage was speaking at a rally in Fairhope, Ala., on Monday along with former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon as well as Phil Robertson from “Duck Dynasty”.
Farage, Bannon, and Robertson are all known supporters of President Donald Trump and disagree with the president, who has supported and campaigned for Moore’s opponent, Alabama Republican Sen. Luther Strange.
Farage and Trump are known to be close, Farage even spoke at a campaign event for Trump in Jackson, Miss., during his successful 2016 presidential bid. The two agree on many issues, such as opposing immigration and current free trade deals.
Trump endorsed Strange before the initial primary, a move that pleased Republican Senate leadership, such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, but a lot of big names throughout his base disagree with Trump’s endoresment. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former Trump aide Sebastian Gorka support Moore and spoke at a campaign event for him Friday.
Moore, a fiery opponent of gay marriage who condemned “sodomy” in prepared remarks in a televised debate, is leading in the race against appointed incumbent Luther Strange, for the Republican nomination for a Senate seat formerly held by Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump’s attorney general.
However, Trump has endorsed Strange, with whom he appeared in Huntsville on Friday night. Trump sang the praises of “Big Luther” but conceded that his endorsement “may have been a mistake” and promised to campaign with Moore if the controversial former state supreme court chief justice wins on Tuesday.
The race has pitted Trump against much of his support base. Moore, who has the support of Sarah Palin and former Trump aide Sebastian Gorka, among others, is a deeply controversial figure, twice removed as Alabama chief justice. A vocal opponent of gay rights, he has even suggested that homosexuality should be illegal.