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Trump endorses accused child molester Moore for Senate

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Trump endorses accused child molester Moore for Senate

By AFP
05 Dec 2017 0

by Ivan Couronne US President Donald Trump on Monday officially endorsed the candidacy of embattled Republican Senate hopeful Roy Moore, who has been accused of sexual assault by multiple women when they were teenagers, including one who was 14 at the time.

Trump had previously characterized the allegations against Moore as “very troubling” before changing tack and warning voters in the 70-year-old Christian conservative’s home state of Alabama that a victory for his Democratic rival Doug Jones “would be a disaster!”

On Monday, the White House said Trump had called Moore to offer his formal backing ahead of the December 12 special election in Alabama, a right-leaning southern state.

“The president had a positive call with Judge Roy Moore during which they discussed the state of the Alabama Senate race and the president endorsed Judge Moore’s campaign,” said principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah.

Moore’s campaign team said he was honored to have received the president’s endorsement, in a call placed from on board Air Force One. 

“President Trump knows that the future of his conservative agenda in Congress hinges on this election,” Moore was quoted as saying.

“I look forward to fighting alongside the president to strengthen our military, secure our border, protect our gun rights, defend the sanctity of life, and confirm conservative judges to courts around this nation.”

– High stakes in Senate -In spite of a history of controversy stemming from his tenure on Alabama’s supreme court, Moore had been a strong favorite to win election before the allegations against him were first reported by The Washington Post.

Most of the reported allegations relate to when Moore was a prosecutor in his mid-30s and sought to pursue relationships with teenage girls.

The Alabama race, which is being held to replace Jeff Sessions, who was named US attorney general, has national repercussions because Republicans hold a slim 52-48 majority in the Senate. A win for Jones would make it 51-49.

Earlier Monday, Trump cited Democrats’ opposition to his legislative agenda — and Moore’s potentially decisive Senate vote on everything from immigration to abortion — as reasons to support him.

“Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama,” Trump tweeted. 

“We need his vote on stopping crime, illegal immigration, Border Wall, Military, Pro Life, V.A., Judges 2nd Amendment and more. No to Jones, a Pelosi/Schumer Puppet!”

“Look at your 401-k’s since Election. Highest Stock Market EVER! Jobs are roaring back!” he added, referring to an employer-sponsored retirement savings plan.

On the national level, some Republicans are nonetheless horrified at the idea of seeming like a party that defends men who assault women.

But Trump appears to have calculated that the loss of a Senate seat would be too politically costly for him.

The US president will be in Pensacola, Florida on Friday night for a campaign-style rally — not far from the Alabama border, raising the possibility that he could end up directly addressing some Alabama voters.

– Moore denies all -Moore has denied the allegations against him, and said they are politically motivated.

One of his accusers, Leigh Corfman, now 53, said that when she was 14, Moore took her into his house in the woods near Gadsden, Alabama, removed her shirt and pants, and fondled her over her bra and underpants.

Allegations of sexual harassment have plagued both of America’s main political parties in recent weeks.

Democrat John Conyers, a celebrated civil rights activist who is the longest-serving member of Congress, announced he was stepping down from a leadership position last month as he battles harassment claims from members of his staff.

Trump himself has been accused of misconduct by several women, ranging from groping to unwanted advances and kissing, though these did not prevent his election last year.

Jones is currently leading Moore by 2.6 percentage points, according to an average of opinion polls cited by RealClearPolitics — within the statistical margin of error. DM

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