Trump defends Roy Moore, criticizes his Democratic opponent

Marie Harrington
November 25, 2017

President Donald Trump on Tuesday directly addressed the sexual misconduct allegations against Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, almost two weeks after the first accounts of Moore's alleged sexual predation were first reported by The Washington Post.

They might take pressure off the Senate hopeful, who has come under fire as more sexual misconduct allegations pile up against him. "And by the way, he totally denies it", Trump said when asked if he believes Moore or the nine women that have accused Moore of inappropriate sexual actions, many of them when they were teens.

The Alabama Republican became embroiled in scandal after The Washington Post reported that he initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32.

Moore has denied the allegations and resisted calls for him to end his campaign.

President Donald Trump has cooled his support of the politically radioactive Moore, but this White House has yet to pull support or declare opposition to the Republican candidate.

The first daughter had told The Associated Press: "There is a special place in hell for people who prey on children". The Republican National Committee also ended its joint fundraising agreement with Moore.

Nonetheless, some faith leaders still support Moore, arguing that he's a better fit than his Democratic opponent, Doug Jones.

Sessions is quoted as saying, "I have no reason to doubt these women", and Shelby is cited as saying he will "absolutely not" vote for Moore.

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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, a Republican, has said that she will vote for Moore.

Collins said: "I was concerned about his performance as a member of the Alabama supreme court when he had been removed twice for failing to follow lawful order and also because of his comments on Muslims and LGBT individuals".

Conway answered that the White House "wants the votes" to pass tax reform, which now faces a close vote in the Senate.

According to Politico, Moore's refusal to step aside after being accused of sexually assaulting a teen and stalking high schoolers at the mall doesn't play well with voters outside of Alabama who may take it out on his GOP peers.

It's a departure from just two weeks ago, when the White House sought to distance itself from Moore and even suggested he might need to step down. "I think it's a very special time, a lot of things are coming out and I think that's good for our society and I think it's very very good for women", the president said. Richard Shelby, Attorney General Jeff Sessions (who held the seat Moore is seeking to fill in the December 12 special election) and Ivanka Trump, saying there is no reason to doubt the women who have accused Moore of sexual misconduct.

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones takes questions from reporters at a fish-fry campaign event November 18 in Birmingham, Ala.

- This story was updated at 4:30 p.m.

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