Roy Moore claims accusations intended to derail Senate bid
Sheetal Sukhija - Monday 13th November, 2017
Moore said that Alabama voters will ‘see through this charade’ of sexual misconduct claim
He tried to rally support behind his embattled campaign
Some prominent Republicans have disowned him over allegations
ALABAMA, U.S. - Following allegations made against Roy Moore, the U.S. Senate seat GOP nominee in Alabama of engaging in sexual conduct with underage women, some prominent Republicans have disowned him.
On Sunday, outspoken Virginia Republican Corey Stewart defended the Alabama Senate candidate, who has been accused of initiating sexual contact with a teenage girl.
Stewart, who is the chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors and a candidate for the GOP nomination to challenge Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), defended Moore in a Facebook Live event.
Responding to a question, Stewart said, “These allegations are 40 years old, 40 years old and they’re unsubstantiated.”
Meanwhile, Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) said if the allegations are true, Moore should drop out of the race.
A senior White House official said Moore "has to do more explaining than he has done so far," but should be given time to do so.
The revelations were made in an explosive report in the Washington Post that accused Moore of engaging in sexual conduct with underage women.
The report alleged that Moore initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32.
The post quoted three other women as saying that Moore pursued them when they were between the ages of 16 and 18 and he was in his early 30s.
Moore told The Post, "These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign."
On Friday, he called the story “lies” and a “filthy and sleazy” attack.
A day later, Moore's brother compared the sexual conduct allegations against his brother to the persecution of Jesus Christ.
Jerry Moore reportedly suggested the women who have made accusations against his brother are being paid by the Democratic Party to come forward.
On Saturday, Moore said that the allegations are intended to derail his Senate bid.
The allegations, which came amid a national uproar over sexual harassment by high-profile leaders in entertainment and business, and a wave of national Republican leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other officials immediately called for Moore to leave the race.
Others, including White House officials and Senate leaders, have equivocated.
In his first public appearance since The Washington Post, on Saturday, Moore spoke at the Mid-Alabama Republican Club at a library in Vestavia Hills, Alabama.
Tom Byars, who came to hear Moore speak said on Saturday, “I’m really upset at my own party for condemning him so quickly. Even with the president, you know, he had some trouble, too, and he’s turned around and tried to condemn Roy Moore to step down?”
Moore meanwhile, used the occasion to accuse the Post of engaging in a “desperate attempt to stop my political campaign for United States Senate.”
The audience included state Supreme Court Justice Glenn Murdock and members of Alabama’s Republican National Committee gave Moore a standing ovation when he finished speaking.
Moore even denied claims in the story that he had provided beer and wine to women too young to buy it themselves, or that he’d had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl.
He said, “I have not provided alcoholic beverages, beer or anything else, to a minor. I have not been guilty of sexual misconduct with anyone.”
Meanwhile, Trump's agenda is believed to be at stake as the allegations against Moore turns Alabama race into a tossup that is threatening Trump’s agenda in Congress.
The controversy has also split Republicans over how far they’re willing to go to save the seat from a Democrat.
Republicans only have a slim, two-vote majority in the Senate on which Trump's agenda, which includes a pending tax cut bill, depends.
If they fail to deliver, they risk being rejected by Trump voters in the coming midterm election.
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