In the past few weeks, several women have come forward with accusations that Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore sexually assaulted them several years ago when they were underage women. After many calls from even Republican GOP officials including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for Moore to suspend his campaign, Moore’s campaign held a press conference at 5 p.m. Wednesday announcing they had information attempting to discredit Moore’s accusers.
Moore’s attorney claimed he had “not once” seen Moore act inappropriately around women in the past 24 years. He then went on and attempted to discredit Ms. Beverly Nelson, who accused Moore, saying she had never had contact with him in the past 20 years with Moore. However, they noted Moore served as her divorce judge. His lawyer then tried to play handwriting expert – despite not being a handwriting expert. This is also the same lawyer who commented earlier Wednesday it was okay to marry children in other cultures – therefore it was okay.
Moore’s representatives refused to answer any questions afterward. Additionally, they did not mention anything about the four other victims.
The announcement comes as a meeting was being held by officials in the Alabama Republican Party steering committee to address the issue of allegations against Moore.
When the news broke that allegations were made by two victims, three other women stepped forward making the same accusations. All five women had very specific stories. Furthermore, people from Moore’s hometown of Gadsden, Alabama have admitted there was a rumor that he had a thing for young girls.
Though Moore has vehemently denied the allegations, several of his colleagues have voiced support for suspending his campaign, including both Democrats and Republicans. President Donald Trump, however, stayed silent on the allegations. His daughter Ivanka Trump, however, recently commented:
‘There’s a special place in hell for people who prey on children. I’ve yet to see a valid explanation and I have no reason to doubt the victims’ accounts.’
However, he’s still had just as many support him even more and try to justify his actions, including a comparison to Mary being younger than Joseph and marrying him and then having baby Jesus. It was sick. Moore spoke at a Baptist revival earlier and had originally claimed he would not give up the fight.
‘After 40-something years of fighting this battle, I’m now facing allegations. And that’s all the press want to talk about. But I want to talk about the issues. I want to talk about where this country’s going and if we don’t get back to God, we’re not going anywhere.’
A recent poll revealed Moore had fallen behind his Democratic opponent Doug Jones by 12 points. He was previously ahead of Jones by 16 points in October.
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