Donald Trump Endorses Roy Moore, Citing Dem. Obstruction on Tax Reform

Violet Powell
December 5, 2017

Senate candidate Roy Moore has been accused by at least eight women of sexual misconduct when they were teens, and he was a man in his early thirties.

Roy Moore holds a campaign rally in Henagar, Alabama, on November 27, 2017. "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. "Jones, I've looked at his record". One woman told the Washington Post that she was 14 when Moore initiated sexual contact with her.

Trump briefly floated the possibility to reporters that he might campaign with Moore in Alabama, but the White House later clarified that Trump would not make any campaign appearances in the state. "The president wrapped up the call with a 'go get 'em, Roy!'"

"We need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama", he said in a tweet.

President Trump cited Democrat refusal on tax reform as the main reason to have Moore in the Senate. "We are uncomfortable with the explanations that Roy Moore has given to date", White House legislative director Marc Short told ABC News.

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While many Republicans called for Mr. Moore to drop out of the race after several women came out with their stories, Mr. Trump has defended him, saying that Mr. Moore denied the accounts and deserved to be heard.

"Putting all of that together", Short continued, "(Trump) is encouraging the people of Alabama to make the right decision and also acknowledging that there was not a single Democrat in the United States Senate who supported massive tax relief for the American people, and that would put (Democratic candidate) Doug Jones in a very hard position".

The survey - published by CBS News over the weekend - shows Moore has a six point lead over Democrat Doug Jones ahead of the December 12th election.

Trump, who himself has faced accusations of sexual harassment, rebuffed the Republican establishment with his endorsement of Moore.

Following the allegations a number of Senate Republicans, including majority leader Mitch McConnell, called on Mr Moore to quit the race but he has refused to stand aside.

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