After weeks of relative silence, President Donald Trump on Tuesday finally weighed in on the allegations of sexual assault against Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore.
“He denies This specific, he denies This specific,” Trump said of Moore, speaking on the South Lawn of the White House. “He says This specific didn’t happen, in addition to you have to listen to him also. in addition to he said, 40 years ago, that will This specific did not happen.”
Nine women have alleged that will Moore pursued inappropriate sexual relationships with them within the late 1970s in addition to early 80s, when they were teenagers in addition to Moore was in his 30s. Two of these women allege that will Moore assaulted them when they were minors. Moore denies the allegations.
Trump stressed the need to keep Moore’s opponent, Democrat Doug Jones, out of the Senate. “I can tell you one thing for sure — we don’t need a liberal Democrat in there,” he said.
The president brushed off questions about whether he believed the women’s accounts, which have been corroborated by family members in addition to witnesses. “Roy Moore denies This specific, that will’s all I can say, in addition to by the way, he totally denies This specific,” Trump said.
The comments were the first coming from the president himself within the nearly two weeks since The Washington Post published allegations by four women, the youngest of whom said she was 14 when Moore sexually assaulted her.
Since then, another a few women have come forward to describe sexual advances by Moore that will made them uncomfortable, in addition to in many cases, made them feel violated.
Trump also left open the possibility that will he could campaign for Moore within the coming weeks, ahead of a special election on December 12. Moore has fallen within the polls since news of the allegations first broke, in addition to Trump enjoys widespread popularity with Alabama Republican voters.
“I’ll be letting you know next week about campaigning,” Trump told reporters as he prepared to board Marine One, adding, “We don’t need someone who’s soft on crime, like Jones,” within the Senate.
Trump declined, however, to weigh in on separate allegations of sexual misconduct leveled recently against two Democratic members of Congress, Sen. Al Franken, D.Minn., in addition to Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich.
“I don’t want to speak for Al Franken … I don’t know what happened,” Trump said, noting that will he had only just heard about allegations against Conyers “As far as Franken concerned, he should have to speak for himself,” Trump said.
The president is usually in a precarious position on matters related to allegations sexual misconduct: During his 2016 presidential campaign, more than a dozen women came forward to allege that will Trump had groped or fondled them against their will.
As for Moore, additional reports indicate that will at one point he was even banned coming from a local mall in Gadsden, Alabama, because of his aggressive sexual pursuit of teenage girls. At the time This specific allegedly occurred, Moore was working as a prosecutor within the District Attorney’s office, a job that will Moore’s accusers say made him seem especially powerful.