WASHINGTON – A gaggle supporting Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore regardless of sexual misconduct allegations in opposition to him is fundraising off President Donald Trump‘s close to endorsement.
A Thanksgiving-themed electronic mail with the topic line “Giving thanks for YOU and OUR PRESIDENT!” applauds Trump, who on Tuesday discounted the sexual assault allegations in opposition to Moore and mentioned voters should not assist his “liberal” rival.
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“We’re grateful that his final phrases earlier than leaving the White Home to have fun Thanksgiving had been the sturdy phrases of assist for Roy Moore,” mentioned the e-mail from the group Answer Fund PAC.
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After staying silent for greater than every week, Trump all however endorsed Moore as he departed Washington on Tuesday, telling reporters, “We don’t want a liberal particular person in there.”
Two girls have accused Moore, 70, of sexually assaulting or molesting them a long time in the past, when he was in his 30s they usually had been 14 and 16. Not less than 5 others have mentioned he pursued romantic relationships once they had been youngsters and he was a prosecutor. He has vehemently denied the allegations.
The president additionally mentioned he would announce subsequent week whether or not he’ll marketing campaign for Moore, who faces Democrat Doug Jones in a Dec. 12 particular election to fill the seat as soon as held by Lawyer Normal Jeff Classes, a Republican.
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Trump, who gained his personal election regardless of dealing with greater than a dozen accusations of sexual misconduct himself, dismissed questions from reporters about backing a Republican accused of sexual assault over a Democrat. Trump pointed to Moore’s assertions that he did nothing flawed.
“Roy Moore denies it, that’s all I can say,” Trump mentioned Tuesday.
Trump didn’t explicitly say he was endorsing Moore, however he insisted, “We don’t want a liberal particular person in there. … We don’t want anyone who’s mushy on crime like Jones.”
He additionally famous that the allegations got here from behaviour alleged to have occurred a long time in the past.
“Forty years is a very long time,” Trump mentioned, questioning why it took so lengthy for Moore’s accusers to return ahead.
Different Republican leaders in Washington have referred to as for Moore to depart the race, and the White Home has repeatedly mentioned Trump himself felt Moore would “do the appropriate factor and step apart” if the allegations proved true.
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Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell and Home Speaker Paul Ryan, each Republicans, have referred to as on Moore to depart the race. And the Republican Nationwide Committee and the Nationwide Republican Senatorial Committee have pulled their assist for his marketing campaign.
Officers with each these teams mentioned Wednesday their organizations had not modified their selections in mild of Trump’s remarks.
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Trump backed incumbent Sen. Luther Unusual in a September Alabama Republican main however moved rapidly to embrace Moore after he gained. A White Home official mentioned Tuesday that Trump’s assault on Jones didn’t quantity to a proper endorsement of Moore however slightly was a message that sending the Democrat to Washington would hamper his agenda.
Republican leaders briefly explored the opportunity of searching for a write-in candidate however have decided these efforts would solely improve Jones’ possibilities of victory by splitting the GOP vote within the Republican state.
The allegations in opposition to Moore come amid a nationwide reckoning over misdeeds by highly effective males in media, enterprise and politics.
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Simply Tuesday, longtime Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., acknowledged that his workplace settled a sexual harassment criticism in opposition to him involving a former staffer, although he “vehemently” denied allegations within the criticism.
Trump mentioned he was “very glad” that ladies basically had been talking out about their experiences.
“I believe it’s a really particular time as a result of a variety of issues are popping out, and I believe that’s good for our society and I believe it’s very, excellent for ladies,” he mentioned.
Greater than a dozen girls got here ahead within the waning days of the 2016 presidential election to say that Trump had sexually assaulted or harassed them over time. He denied it. A tape was additionally launched of him boasting that he might seize girls’s personal elements with impunity. “Whenever you’re a star, they allow you to do it,” Trump mentioned on the 2005 “Entry Hollywood” tape.
Trump, who has mentioned all of his accusers lied, declined to reply Tuesday when requested why he doesn’t consider Moore’s accusers.
Jones, Moore’s senatorial opponent, served as a federal prosecutor in Alabama, the place he introduced expenses in opposition to two Ku Klux Klan members over their roles in killing 4 women in a 1963 Birmingham church bombing.