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Trump on Roy Moore: If allegations true, he should leave Senate race

11 November 2017

Sen. Cory Gardner, the chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said Wednesday that Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for Alabama's U.S. Senate seat, should drop out of the special election if the allegations he had a sexual relationship with a teen girl are true.

Two women say Moore kissed them, one when she was 17 and the other when she was 18; one woman says Moore repeatedly pursued her when she was 16, to the point that her mother denied Moore permission to date her; another woman says when she was 14 and he was 32, Moore took her out, kissed her, and undressed her, touching her over her bra and underwear while he "guided her hand to touch him over his underwear, "the Post wrote". While none of the women report having sex with Moore, all say they were inappropriately touched and had other unwanted advances.

"If these allegations are true, he must step aside", said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who backed Moore's opponent Luther Strange during the Republican primary.

"The allegations against Roy Moore are deeply disturbing and disqualifying", McCain said in a press release.

Then, Moore's fundraising message went further.

"We are in the midst of a spiritual battle with those who want to silence our message", the fundraising email said. All were initially reluctant to speak publicly but chose to do so after multiple interviews, saying they thought it was important for people to know about their interactions with Moore.

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He then added that he needs to "count on the help of God-fearing conservatives" to help him win the special election. "Our children and grandchildren's futures are on the line", he tweeted Thursday.

Under Alabama state law, the ballot can not be changed within 76 days of an election.

A growing number of Republicans have expressed concerns about Moore in the wake of today's story.

Moore now promises to be an even bigger headache for the Republican Party.

Moore, now 70, vehemently denied the allegations, calling them "completely false and a desperate political attack". "But I think it's a unusual coincidence".

The Senate Leadership Fund Political Action Committee - which is aligned with McConnell - spent millions to back unusual in the primary.

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It is likely too late for Republican Senate nominee of Alabama Roy Moore to step down, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned. "There is no place in our party for sexual predators".

But the tone changed Thursday afternoon.

Unusual didn't respond to questions from reporters Thursday.

Bannon called it the "politics of self-destruction".

That view was shared by Scott Reed, a political strategist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, who opposed Moore's nomination.

An email floated hours after the Post's article said, the campaign was in "a spiritual battle" against "the forces of evil" and characterized the Post's reporting as an attack: "The Obama-Clinton Machine's liberal media lapdogs just launched the most vicious and nasty round of attacks against me I've EVER faced".

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Trump on Roy Moore: If allegations true, he should leave Senate race