Trump offers support for Moore in Alabama Senate race despite misconduct allegations

Laura Christensen
November 22, 2017

President Donald Trump spoke publicly about embattled Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore for the first time Tuesday, saying of the Republican accused of multiple acts of sexual misconduct: "You have to listen to him also" and "he totally denies it".

"We don't need a liberal Democrat in that seat", Trump said.

At first Trump offered a standard attack on Jones as "terrible on borders, bad on the military".

Stopping short of a full-throated endorsement of Moore-Trump did endorse Moore's opponent Luther Strange in the Republican primaries-the president said he'd reveal more information about campaigning with the candidate next week. He totally denies it. Last week, another Alabama woman came forward and accused Moore of sexually assaulting her when she was 16.

The White House had previously said that Trump thought the allegations against Moore were "extremely troubling".

Corfman said that since the story in the Washington Post there have been "a lot of people that have come out and have said that because of my courage they're able to do the same".

"I'll be letting you know next week", he said, when asked whether he will campaign with Moore.

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But Trump on Tuesday left the door open to campaigning with Moore.

In an appearance on "Fox & Friends" Monday, Kellyanne Conway, a top Trump adviser, similarly seemed to suggest that voters dismiss the claims against Moore and vote for the Republican.

When asked if he thought Trump was thinking about tax reform with this move, Heilemann explained that Trump was likely very anxious about it because he wants a victory because he's staring down a year in office without any major legislative wins.

That's a huge break from where McConnell and the rest of the Republican establishment are on the Moore issue - and where they hoped Trump would be.

"We don't need a liberal person in there, a Democrat, Jones". That's all I can say, he denies it. "He will be a vote against tax cuts". White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders has said the administration's position is that all of Trump's accusers are lying.

Moore, a former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice, is the Republicans' only realistic chance to win the special December 12 election.

That's a horrifying excuse for throwing the weight of the USA presidency behind a man like Roy Moore.

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