Trump Endorses Roy Moore for Senate, Despite Sex Allegations

Monday, 04 December 2017, 11:42:05 PM. President Donald Trump endorsed Alabama Republican Roy Moore in a U.S. Senate special election, despite allegations from multiple women who accused the former state Supreme Court justice of sexual misconduct.

President Donald Trump endorsed Alabama Republican Roy Moore in a U.S. Senate special election, despite allegations from multiple women who accused the former state Supreme Court justice of sexual misconduct.

“Democrats’ refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama,” Trump tweeted on Monday. “We need his vote on stopping crime, illegal immigration, Border Wall, Military, Pro Life, V.A., Judges 2nd Amendment and more. No to Jones, a Pelosi/Schumer Puppet!”

The president was referring to Moore’s challenger, Democrat Doug Jones, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

Moore, who faces allegations that he pursued sexual relationships with teenage girls while he was in his 30s, has recently rebounded in his campaign against Jones. Moore now has a 3.2 percentage point lead, according to a Real Clear Politics average of recent polls. The election is Dec. 12.

Trump will hold a rally on Friday in Pensacola, Florida, his campaign committee said last week -- just miles from Alabama and four days before that state holds a controversial special election for a U.S. Senate seat.

While Trump has previously indicated his preference for a Republican to win the seat, this is his most explicit endorsement by name of Moore. Trump has voiced doubts about the accusations of the women who accused Moore, saying the allegations are decades old.

Trump’s endorsement puts him at odds with Republican leadership and many Republicans in the Senate, who have called for Moore to drop out of the race. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appeared to soften his stance on Sunday, though, saying during an appearance on ABC News’s “This Week” that he was "going to let the people of Alabama make the call."

Republicans in Washington and national party groups began withdrawing support from Moore after the Washington Post reported allegations from three women who said Moore pursued relationships with them when they were teenagers.

One of the women, Leigh Corfman, accused Moore of initiating sexual contact with her in 1979 when she was 14. Several other women have since come forward to accuse Moore of sexual misconduct since the Washington Post report last month.

Moore has denied the allegations, and his campaign has sought to undermine the accusers. In Alabama, 71 percent of Republicans say the allegations are false, while only 17 percent believe they are true, according to a CBS News poll released Sunday.

While top officials from Trump’s White House initially said that Moore should step aside if the allegations are true, the president and his advisers have more recently focused on the importance of maintaining the slim Republican majority in the Senate. The tax overhaul passed through the Senate last week with just 51 votes, all Republican.

Marc Short, White House legislative affairs director, said Monday that Trump has voiced his concerns about Moore, but is also focused on cutting taxes.

“He’s been clear about expressing his concerns about the accusations against Roy Moore but he’s also making the point that one of our best opportunities for significant tax relief” is imminent, he said Monday on CNN’s “New Day” program. “We couldn’t muster any support from Democrats on a plan that provides massive tax relief for middle-income families.”

Trump also made the case for voting for Moore in order to help Republican’s tax-cutting agenda.

“Putting Pelosi/Schumer Liberal Puppet Jones into office in Alabama would hurt our great Republican Agenda of low on taxes, tough on crime, strong on military and borders...& so much more,” Trump said on Twitter. “Look at your 401-k’s since Election. Highest Stock Market EVER! Jobs are roaring back!”

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