Seeing parallels between the situation facing Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore and his own problems after the Access Hollywood video surfaced, drawing into the light more than a dozen women who said they were accosted by Donald Trump, the President has expressed skepticism about Moore’s accusers and issued a virtual endorsement for the alleged child molester.
Moore, 70, has been accused of sexually pursuing — and in some cases assaulting — teenagers and young women while he was in his 30s.
Two Alabama women have accused Moore of assault or molestation — including one who was 14 at the time — and six others say he pursued romantic relationships when they were teenagers and he was a deputy district attorney in his 30s.
Several GOP senators and Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, have said they believe the women who accused Moore.
Trump confronted a long line of women who accused him of sexual misconduct and harassment. He adamantly denied the claims,even though his own words tended to confirm some of those accounts.
“Let me just tell you, Roy Moore denies it. That’s all I can say. He denies it. And, by the way, he totally denies it,” Trump told reporters as he was departing to spend Thanksgiving at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
“I mean, if you look at what is really going on, and you look at all the things that have happened over the last 48 hours, he totally denies it,” Trump said. “He says it didn’t happen. And, you know, you have to listen to him also. You’re talking about, he said 40 years ago this did not happen.”
Trump said he would announce next week whether he will campaign for Moore, who faces Democrat Doug Jones in a Dec. 12 special election to fill the seat once held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
At least 12 women have brought forward claims, on the record, about President Trump’s past behavior.
A former chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC) said Wednesday that President Trump’s comments dismissing GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore’s accusers were “beyond stupid” and that he doesn’t care about his own party.
“This is beyond stupid. And there’s irreparable harm that’s being done to this party and to this country. someone needs to take control here and it’s certainly not the president,” said Michael Steele.
Before winning a primary runoff to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the former judge was best known for his views that homosexuality should be illegal, that Muslims should not be allowed in Congress and that the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, were God’s punishment for America’s’ sins. Trump backed incumbent Sen. Luther Strange in a September Republican primary, but moved quickly to embrace Moore after he won.
Lately, the Alabama Senate race has been dominated by sexual assault allegations against the GOP candidate.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, both Republicans, have called on Moore to leave the race in light of the accusations. The Republican National Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee have pulled their support for his campaign.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey doesn’t doubt the woman who said Moore stripped her near naked when she was 14 and laid her out on blankets in his living room like a picnic, but she is supporting the child molester.
“Alabama is quick to talk a good game about God, and life, and the unborn,” wrote John Archibald, a columnist in The Birmingham News, the Huntsville Times, the Mobile Register. “But decisions are made because of politics and money and privilege. And not life.”
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