Trump criticizes Al Franken, but remains silent on Roy Moore

Hillyard asked if she believed the women who have accused him of pursuing sexual relationships with them when he was a prosecuting attorney in his 30s and they were teenagers, and the reporter asked Shiver whether such relationships were considered more normal back then.

After days of silence about a series of sexual misconduct scandals roiling the US, President Donald Trump weighed in Thursday, bashing a leading Democrat now under investigation. Al Franken as "really bad", but he has remained conspicuously silent on the more serious claims levelled against Roy Moore, the Republican in Alabama's special Senate race who faces allegations he sexually assaulted teenage girls decades ago. Al Franken, D-Minn., after a woman came forward to accuse Franken of groping her in 2006.

"This was covered pretty extensively during the campaign".

"Well, I want to let him know that we're 100 percent behind him, we believe in him and we just don't really believe in all the slander that's going on, and we want him to know that we're 100 percent behind him", Shiver said.

Short continued: "The President, even when he was traveling overseas, put out a statement that says, 'If these allegations are true, he should step aside.' So the President's been very clear on this".

Almost 60 Alabama pastors have signed a letter denouncing Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, saying "his extremist values and actions are not consistent with traditional Christian values or good Christian character" and that he's not fit for office.

Sanders also refused to say whether Trump was pulling his endorsement of the candidate.

The Alabama GOP, meanwhile, reaffirmed its support for Moore on Thursday.

"He will not step down", Kayla Moore said. "Moore's people will not stay home".

Falvey, who runs an LGBT community center, said she was angered by the stories about Moore since he had fought to block gay marriage in the state. "He will not stop fighting for the people of Alabama", Kayla Moore said at a "Women for Moore" rally.

Asked about the allegations, Ivey responded, "I certainly have no reason to disbelieve any of them".

On Tuesday, the Republican National Committee pulled its financial support for Moore, following similar action last week by the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

But the strike against Franken indicated a more political rationale.

  • Rogelio Becker