President Trump discounts accusations against Roy Moore

Posted November 22, 2017

President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended embattled Alabama Republican Roy Moore, all but endorsing the Senate candidate who has been accused of sexual assault. "He says it didn't happen", Trump told reporters as he left the White House to spend Thanksgiving at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. "We don't need a liberal person in there, a Democrat, Jones", Trump said.

Six women have accused Moore of pursuing romantic relationships with them when they were teenagers and he was an assistant district attorney in his 30s. While Trump did not go as far as to say he didn't believe the women accusing Moore of misconduct, his emphasis on Moore's denials amount to the same thing.

Trump also hit at Moore's rival Doug Jones - a 63-year- old US Attorney who is now ahead 47 per cent to 42 per cent in the polls.

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Trump's Tuesday remarks put space between him and the Republican establishment, which has backed away from Moore.

When asked if Trump would be campaigning, Conway said there was "no plan to do that" but didn't explicitly shut down the possibility.

While some Republican legislators have denounced Moore, the Alabama GOP has chose to support him.

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Corfman said that since the story in the Washington Post there have been "a lot of people that have come out and have said that because of my courage they're able to do the same". Shelby, a Republican, said he will "absolutely not" vote for Moore. "We'll have to let you know next week", he told reporters.

But clearly he just doesn't believe them. Trump pointed to Moore's assertions that he did nothing wrong.

Again, that runs directly counter to the message from many establishment Republicans - that it isn't worth sacrificing principle exclusively to hold control of a single Senate seat.

Moore has denied the accusations. "I think it's a very special time".

The boost Moore will get from Trump's comments will make it that much harder to remove the controversial judge from the race or to organize a serious write-in campaign against him.

He continued, "But Donald Trump didn't seem to see a problem of being on the side of neo-Nazis and now he apparently doesn't see a problem with being on the side of the accused child predator".