Donald Trump Breaks Silence On Roy Moore Allegations

Kristopher Drake
November 25, 2017

This was in full view today when White House counselor Kellyanne Conway appeared on the normally friendly confines of the very pro-administration program Fox & Friends, which seemed to actually confront the Trump administration over their lack of political leadership in the senate race in Alabama between Judge Roy Moore (and his numerous allegations of sexual misconduct over the past few decades) and the Democratic candidate Doug Jones. Al Franken (D-Minn.) or call for his ouster.

"He denies it. He totally denies it", Trump said, noting the alleged incidents took place about 40 years ago.

In a particularly impactful moment, Corfman described the lasting effect that her encounter with Moore had on her life.

Moore has said the allegations that he systematically pursued relationships with teenage girls was an effort from the Senate's Republican leadership to undermine him.

Senate Republicans have already ended their financial support for Moore's campaign.

"I'm a Republican, but Roy Moore - no way", one man says in the spot. Corfman said she did tell friends and family and contemplated confronting Moore and going public, but feared for the effect on her children: "I was a single parent and when you're in that situation, you do everything you can to protect your own". The Republican National Committee has cut ties with the Moore campaign, and Sen.

Collins said: "I was concerned about his performance as a member of the Alabama supreme court when he had been removed twice for failing to follow lawful order and also because of his comments on Muslims and LGBT individuals".

On Tuesday, spokesmen for the Moore campaign held a news conference in Alabama during which they sought to dismantle the details of the accusers' accounts.

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On Monday, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway suggested that electing Mr Moore to help pass the U.S. president's tax reform agenda took precedence over the widespread disquiet about the allegations.

Faced with a binary choice between Moore and Jones, the White House has sided with Moore.

"The president also believes that if these allegations are true, Judge Moore will do the right thing and step aside", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters traveling with Trump in Asia.

According to Politico, Moore's refusal to step aside after being accused of sexually assaulting a teen and stalking high schoolers at the mall doesn't play well with voters outside of Alabama who may take it out on his GOP peers.

And Trump defended Moore, who like Trump has faced accusations of sexual harassment and assault from numerous women.

The editorial said the looming special election on 12 December - held to fill the vacancy in the Senate left by USA attorney general Jeff Sessions - was a chance for women to "make their voices heard in a state that has silenced them for too long".

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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