Moore calls Washington Post article about pursuing young women 'fake news'
- Author: Rogelio Becker Nov 10, 2017,
Nov 10, 2017, 0:29
In an explosive report filed by The Washington Post, multiple women have come forward to allege that Moore pursued them when they were young teenagers.
According to the Post, other Republicans calling out Moore include "David Perdue of Georgia, John Thune of South Dakota, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Cory Gardner of Colorado, Richard C. Shelby of Alabama, and Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania".
Mr. Moore's candidacy had already anxious party leaders who had embraced the controversial former state Supreme Court justice despite his long record of incendiary comments about gays, Muslims and African-Americans, to protect the Senate seat once held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
In an email to Fox News, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said: "If these allegations are true, he must step aside". "On a second visit, she said, he took off her shirt and trousers and removed his clothes", and then, Corfman said, Moore touched her and had her touch him.
Of course, Moore has defined himself as being opposed to everything that McConnell and the national Republican establishment stands for, and, at least at first, judging from his campaign's reply to the story, Moore seems to be determined to brazen things out on familiar lines. At that point, Corfman told the Post, she asked Moore to take her home, which he did.
During the first encounter, Corfman says, Moore met her and her mother on a bench outside of a courtroom in Etowah County, Alabama, and offered to watch the 14-year-old while her mother went in for a child custody hearing.
"I wanted it over with - I wanted out", she remembers thinking.
It's too late to take Moore's name off the ballot, according to National Public Radio.
Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for Jeff Sessions' U.S. Senate seat in Alabama, has been socked with accusations from women who say that he made overtures on them - and that in two cases, they say progressed to kissing or sexual contact - when they were underage.
Moore denies that he had sexual contact with the 14-year-old and also denies allegations he pursued relationships with other teenage girls while he was in his 30s.
The women, who spoke on the record to the Post, said Moore asked them out on dates while serving as an assistant district attorney in Gadsden, Alabama. He ran in high-profile contests to become the state's chief judge, and appeared regularly in the media for his crusade to display the Ten Commandments at the courthouse.
In fact, just two days ago, the Foundation for Moral Law sent a retraction demand to the Post for the false stories they wrote about the Judge's work and compensation. Steve Bannon-a former adviser to Trump and leading figure of Breitbart-campaigned for Moore earlier this year.
"This garbage is the very definition of fake news and intentional defamation", his campaign said in a statement.
Moore, a conservative Christian, has consistently led in polls over his Democratic opponent, Doug Jones, in a state dominated by Republicans. The women were between the ages of 16 and 18 at the time. After phone calls and meetings, he drove her to his home some days later and kissed her, the Post quotes Corfman as saying.