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Trump Signals Support For Beleaguered Candidate Roy Moore
President Donald Trump defended Republican senate candidate Roy Moore on Tuesday, all-but-endorsing him in remarks with reporters.
Moore has been accused of inappropriately touching teenage girls, some as young as 14-years-old, during his years as an assistant district attorney. Moore was in his 30s at the time.
After a handful of women came forward saying that Moore made inappropriate advances toward them (including an account of Moore attempting to force oral sex), other community members made mention of how they remember Moore courted young girls in the late 1970s. Some even say he had been banned from a shopping mall.
Trump emphasized on Tuesday, however, that he believed Moore’s denials. “He denies it. Look, he denies it,” Trump said. “If you look at all the things that have happened over the last 48 hours. He totally denies hit. He says it didn’t happen. And look, you have to look at him also.”
Trump also stressed that the consequence of not electing Moore meant that a Democrat would take the position once held by current Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
“We don’t need a liberal Democrat in that seat,” Trump added, stating that the Democratic candidate Doug Jones was “bad on crime.”
That assertion is a tough one to make, however, considering that Jones successfully prosecuted former KKK members that bombed a black church in the 1960s, killing four girls in the attack.
It shouldn’t be surprising, though, that Trump is automatically forgiving of Moore’s alleged assaults. Trump himself has denied almost a dozen and a half sexual assault claims. The Republican candidate and the president are two of a kind in that respect — even as Trump was caught on camera admitting to assaulting women by forcibly kissing them and grabbing them by their genital areas, he still denies the allegations, citing the victims looks at times in his denials.
The tepid support for Moore by Trump may create a small family argument, however, at the president’s Thanksgiving dinner. In response to the allegations against Moore, Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and White House adviser, said that “there’s a special place in hell for people who prey on children,” adding that, “I’ve yet to see a valid explanation and I have no reason to doubt the victims’ accounts.”