Donald Trump on Ivanka's Roy Moore response: 'Do you believe this?'

Marie Harrington
November 27, 2017

Moore has denied the allegations.

"The last thing we need in Alabama and the U.S. Senate is a Schumer/Pelosi puppet who is WEAK on Crime, WEAK on the Border, Bad for our Military", Trump tweeted Sunday morning, suggesting that Democrat Doug Jones would side with the Senate and House Democratic leaders.

A statement by Jones' campaign said Moore was not fit to serve in the U.S. Senate even before sexual misconduct claims surfaced earlier this month. "The moral of the story is don't nominate somebody like Roy Moore who could actually lose a seat that any other Republican could win".

With Moore behind Democrat Doug Jones in the polls, conventional wisdom seems to dictate that a loss in the special Alabama Senate election would signal the end of the cowboy candidate.

Two Alabama women have accused Moore of assault or molestation - including one who says she was 14 at the time - and six others have said he pursued romantic relationships when they were teenagers and he was a deputy district attorney in his 30s.

On CNN, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was asked about Trump's support for Moore, saying, "That's a political decision by the president".

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This led the president to delete three tweets about his endorsed candidate, a possible violation of the Presidential Records Act, and subsequently congratulate Moore. "We get the baggage of him winning and every day the story is a question of whether you believe the women", he said. "He says it didn't happen".

Though several newspapers in Alabama published harsh denouncements of Moore last week, much of the state's Republican leadership has stood by the controversial candidate. "And by the way, he totally denies it". Robert Bentley, in the primary, moving to support Moore only after odd lost. "And we were also told to watch him at the ball games and make sure he didn't hang around the cheerleaders. where the cheerleaders would be".

Graham noted Republicans are in a lose-lose position when it comes to Moore. The special election is scheduled for 12 December.

Trump's tweets on Sunday aren't his first swipe at Jones.

"The president can speak for himself, as far as I'm concerned, the president can use his influence and do what he can to get Moore to step aside", Mr Thune said. A White House official said Tuesday that Trump's attack on Jones did not amount to a formal endorsement of Moore, only that Trump was communicating that sending the Democrat to Washington would hamper his agenda.

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