Corrected: Trump defends Senate candidate Moore despite misconduct allegations

Katrina Barker
November 22, 2017

President Donald Trump broke his silence Tuesday afternoon on allegations of sexual abuse facing Roy Moore, the Republican Party's Senate nominee in Alabama.

Trump spoke to reporters Tuesday at the White House before leaving for a Thanksgiving break at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida.

Six women have accused the Republican Moore of pursuing romantic relationships with them when they were teenagers and he was an assistant district attorney in his 30s.

It's a rationale not unlike the one used by some uneasy Republicans a year ago to justify voting for Mr Trump following the Access Hollywood tape revelations and allegations that he had harassed or assaulted more than a dozen women. However, in the wake of a wave of women coming forward across nearly every industry with accusations of sexual misconduct, Speier said that the result would now be different.

Trump broke with national Republicans, who have unendorsed Moore and called for him to step aside.

"Women are very special", Trump said.

FiveThirtyEight determined that "Bannon-ism", which is in almost every Republican voter, is "populist, nationalist" and non-interventionist.

What Trump was saying is that he believes Moore.

Republican U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other prominent lawmakers have pressed Moore to quit the race. Speaking on Sunday, Speier said that an investigation into Franken needs to run its course before making any decision on whether he should be expelled. Shelby said he will "absolutely not" vote for Moore.

Trump's comments are likely to complicate an already knotty situation for Republicans.

Even if you don't think it's been proven that Moore is a "pedophile", the authorities in Gadsden, Alabama, clearly thought he was a threat to the safety of minors peacefully shopping at a local mall.

Again, here's the key part of Trump quote on that: "I can tell you for a fact we do not need somebody who's going to be bad on crime, bad on borders, bad for the military, bad for the Second Amendment". "They should have been believed, because, as I've pointed out, most victims are telling the truth".

"Doug Jones in Alabama, folks, don't be fooled", Conway said. Ivanka Trump said there's a special place in hell for people who prey on children.

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