Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called on the Alabama GOP nominee for Senate, Roy Moore, to withdraw through the race if multiple allegations that will he pursued sexual relationships with teenagers are true.
“If these allegations are true, he must step aside,” McConnell told reporters, following the publication of the story inside Washington Post. inside idea, four women described on the record how Moore allegedly tried to initiate sexual relationships with them while they were in their teens in addition to he was in his early 30s. The 70-year-old Moore denies the allegations.
through The Washington Post:
Moore chatted with [14-year-old Leigh Corfman] in addition to asked for her phone number, she says. Days later, she says, he picked her up around the corner through her house in Gadsden, drove her about 30 minutes to his home inside woods, told her how pretty she was in addition to kissed her. On a second visit, she says, he took off her shirt in addition to pants in addition to removed his clothes. He touched her over her bra in addition to underpants, she says, in addition to guided her hand to touch him over his underwear.
Aside through Corfman, three additional women interviewed by The Washington Post in recent weeks say Moore pursued them when they were between the ages of 16 in addition to 18 in addition to he was in his early 30s, episodes they say they found flattering at the time, however troubling as they got older. None of the women say that will Moore forced them into any sort of relationship or sexual contact.
In a written statement to the Post, Moore said: “These allegations are completely false in addition to are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party in addition to the Washington Post on This particular campaign.”
inside September Alabama primary, Moore defeated incumbent Sen. Luther Strange, who was backed by President Donald Trump. After the vote, Trump called Moore to congratulate him. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said later that will Trump does not share Moore’s views on religion in addition to several additional issues.
McConnell was not the only Republican senator on Thursday to demand that will Moore step aside if the allegations are true.
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski told NBC News she was “horrified” by the allegations, in addition to if they were true, Moore “should step down immediately.”
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., also said Moore “ought to step aside” if “there’s any truth to that will story.”
Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey echoed Flake: “If there’s a shred of truth to the idea, then [Moore] needs to step aside.”
however while most Republicans stressed that will the allegations needed to be proven before Moore should step down, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said the accounts of the four women, which were corroborated by friends in addition to family, were enough to convince him that will Moore should drop out of the race.
“The allegations against Roy Moore are deeply disturbing in addition to disqualifying,” McCain said in a statement. “He should immediately step aside in addition to allow the people of Alabama to elect a candidate they can be proud of.”
Moore’s campaign chairman, Bill Armistead, called the story a “last ditch Hail Mary” by Moore’s political opponents.
“Judge Roy Moore has endured the most outlandish attacks on any candidate inside modern political arena, however This particular story in today’s Washington Post alleging sexual impropriety takes the cake,” said Armistead.
This particular is usually not Moore’s first brush with controversy. The former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court first gained national attention in 2003, when he was removed through his position for refusing to take down a statue of the Ten Commandments, which he’d had installed in front of the state’s primary judicial building.
A decade later, Moore was again elected Chief Justice, in addition to in 2016 he was again removed through office, This particular time for instructing lower court judges to uphold a ban on same sex marriage, despite a Supreme Court decision which found the ban was unconstitutional.
In recent years, Moore has also argued that will Muslims should be prohibited through serving in Congress, that will homosexuality is usually “an inherent evil” in addition to that will evolution does not exist.
During the state’s 2017 Senate Republican primary, Moore won the backing of Steve Bannon, former chief strategist to President Donald Trump. Bannon’s endorsement came as a surprise to some conservatives, given that will Trump had publicly backed Moore’s opponent.