Amid allegations that Alabama Senate frontrunner Roy Moore initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32, sitting Republican senators are saying Moore should “step aside” — if the reports are true.
“If these allegations are true, he must step aside,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said.
The sentiment was echoed by many.
- “If that’s true, he wouldn’t belong in the Senate,” Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) told reporters.
- “If they’re accurate, he should step aside,” Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) said.
- Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) said it was “very troubling. I think if what we read is true, and people are on the record so I assume it is, then he should step aside. I think it’d be best for him, best for the state.”
- Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) called the report “deeply disturbing,” adding that he thinks “the next steps are up to the governor and the people of Alabama.”
The Washington Post report included a first-person account from Leigh Corfman, who said Moore engaged her in sexual acts when she was a child, as well as accounts from three women other saying Moore, while in his 30s, pursued them when they were teenagers. Moore, who was in Washington only last week to visit the Senate and attend fundraisers with Republican senators, preempted the Washington Post report by denying the allegations to the far-right media outlet Breitbart.
In a statement, Moore called the report “completely false” and “a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign.”
The former Alabama Supreme Court judge — who has questioned Rep. Keith Ellison’s (D-MN) standing in government for being a Muslim, said he believes homosexuality should be illegal, and has twice been removed from his seat on Alabama’s top court — has always had a tepid relationship with Read More Here