Trump discounts accusations against Senate candidate Moore

After keeping a prudent and uncharacteristic silence about Roy Moore's scandal-plagued Senate campaign and signaling through staff that he'd stay out of the race, the president bashed Democrat Doug Jones in brief comments to reporters today and opened up the rather surprising prospect that he might make his way to Alabama to campaign for Moore. "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". "We don't need a liberal person in there, a Democrat, Jones", Trump said.

The Republican National Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee have pulled their support for Mr Moore's campaign ahead of the December 12 special election to fill the seat once held by Republican Jeff Sessions, now the United States attorney general.

"Roy Moore denies it", he said.

The issue puts the president in a potentially awkward position, given that the "Access Hollywood" recording almost derailed his campaign and that more than a dozen women have accused him of sexually inappropriate behavior.

From the South Lawn, Trump called attention to the position Moore has taken since the accusations emerged two weeks ago. Most of accusers said the misconduct occurred when they were teenagers and Moore was in his thirties.

"There's a special place in hell for people who prey on children", Ivanka Trump told The Associated Press last week.

Moore previously claimed he did not know Corfman, and on Monday, Corfman said, "I wonder how many me's he doesn't know".

"You have to listen to him also", Trump added.

Young said he advised Moore not to lend credence to the questions either and dismissed the allegations - which range from inappropriate behavior to pursuing teenage girls while he was past the age of 30 to sexual assault - as "Jerry Springer stuff".

"I want y'all to talk about it Sunday night after church, and I want y'all to think in your brain - Judge Moore that we've known for 25 years". And I'm very happy a lot of these things are coming out.

  • Rogelio Becker