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Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Trump Backs GOP Senate Candidate And Alleged Child Molester Roy Moore

Trump Backs GOP Senate Candidate And Alleged Child Molester Roy Moore

President Donald Trump on Monday voiced support for Senate candidate Roy Moore, as the former Alabama Supreme Court justice faces mounting sex allegations and growing calls for him to drop out.

"We are uncomfortable with the explanations that Roy Moore has given to date", White House legislative director Marc Short told ABC News.

Trump had in recent weeks avoided even addressing the Roy Moore issue, though some insider reports suggested he thought the allegations - which came from multiple women, including at least one Trump voter - were made up. Less than a week after that, Trump was tweeting about Doug Jones, Moore's opponent, implying that having Doug Jones in a Senate seat would be worse than a child molester.

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Several women have accused Moore of sexual assault and misconduct when they were teenagers and Moore was in his early 30s. "No to Jones, a Pelosi/Schumer Puppet!" he wrote, referring to Democratic congressional leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. "Jones, I've looked at his record. We need his vote on stopping crime, illegal immigration, Border Wall, Military, Pro Life, V.A., Judges 2nd Amendment and more", Trump tweeted in support of a candidate the Republican National Committee pulled its funding from.

Trump's tweet, which marked the first time the president expressly endorsed the controversial candidate, said the Republican is needed to help push through key parts of his agenda. "Because there are groups that don't want me in the United States Senate", Moore said, before accusing the Democratic Party and the Republican establishment of working together, in November. But last week, the White House announced that Trump will hold an event in Pensacola, Florida - just 25 miles from the Alabama border - later this week. He says it didn't happen.

Moore has been touting Trump's tacit support, and was quick to embrace his full endorsement this morning.

President Trump cited Democrat refusal on tax reform as the main reason to have Moore in the Senate.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, for instance, told reporters in November that he believed the women who accused Moore of sexual harassment, and urged him to withdraw from the Senate race.

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