'Nothing Immoral' Or 'Deeply Disturbing'? Republicans Split On Roy Moore Allegations

'Nothing Immoral' Or 'Deeply Disturbing'? Republicans Split On Roy Moore Allegations

It has been a day since four women publicly claimed GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore preyed on them as teenagers, but despite some public calls to step down, this former judge has his share of supporters.

"When I asked what does he believe the motivation is with these women coming forward, making the accusations they have, again, Jerry Moore says it's money and the Democratic Party, implying that they are doing this because they're being paid in some way, and it is for the objective of derailing or interrupting this campaign", Savidge said. The information was in a filing to the Federal Election Commission on Friday.

Tommy Battle, the mayor of Huntsville, Ala., who's seeking the GOP nomination for next year's governor's race, said, "If the allegations are true, then he does not need to be the Republican candidate for Senate".

Jones' campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the Post story.

The race included personal appearances from President Trump, in support of odd, and former White House strategist Stephen Bannon, backing Moore.

"If these allegations are true, he must step aside", McConnell said in a statement.

Moore, a 70-year-old former state Supreme Court justice, flatly denied allegations of decades-old sexual advances on girls, published Thursday in a Washington Post story. Moore denied the allegations and evoked the term "spiritual warfare", which is well known in Southern Christian churches, black and white, to elicit as much sympathy from the faithful as possible. "Even the Washington Post report says that he never had sexual intercourse with any of the girls and never attempted sexual intercourse".


Bannon is calling the Post an "apparatus of the Democratic Party" and notes it was among the first to report the "Access Hollywood" tape that caught Trump using sexually predatory language in 2005. During a second incident, Corfman says Moore allegedly took off her clothes and touched her over her underwear.

In the small eastern Alabama town of Heflin, a handful of people interviewed by the AP indicated they were indifferent to the allegations if not disbelieving of them. The revelations come a month before the December 12 special election, and they're triggering a backlash from would-be Republican colleagues on Capitol Hill, who are calling on the 70-year-old conservative Christian to quit the race if the allegations are true. Three other women said he took them on dates when they were teenagers.

As of Friday morning, the senators' pictures still appear on the online link to Moore's fundraising appeal. "I just don't believe Roy Moore would do that". "Can the people of Alabama be tricked by the liberal fake news or not?" "That's why I must be able to count on the help of God-fearing conservatives like you to stand with me at this critical moment". Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, have also said Moore should quit the race if the allegations are true.

"I will hold judgment until we know the facts", Alabama Republican Gov. Kay Ivey said Thursday evening.

"These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign", Moore said.

Zeigler also questioned the truthfulness of the allegation and noted Moore's strong denial. Why would women say these things if they are not true?

At least two said they would vote for Moore even if he had committed sex crimes against a 14-year-old.

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