"I thought that he was going to rape me", Beverly Young Nelson said in a news conference Monday as she accused Moore of assaulting her when she was a 16-year-old waitress after he offered to drive her home. "And that's all the press want to talk about", Moore said. Fox News' Sean Hannity, who endorsed Moore in September, is now questioning Moore's explanations.
As the conservative Drudge Report ran a banner Wednesday suggesting Bannon was turning on Moore, a source close to Bannon rejected the claim. "If you can't do this, then Judge Moore needs to get out of this race", Hannity said.
Hannity's previous defense of Moore prompted some advertisers, including Keurig, to pull ads from his show.
According to the Daily Beast, Bannon - who has publicly stood behind Moore - is having private discussions about how to proceed over the Alabama Republican's candidacy.
But White House officials, coordinating closely with Republicans on Capitol Hill, have been mulling a range of scenarios to thwart Moore's election, which despite the allegations remains a serious possibility in the deep red state.
"In light of new information about Judge Roy Moore, we have to address this issue tonight".
At this point, there are two options: Either several different women who don't know one another have made a decision to take the enormous personal risk of making up stories about Roy Moore in a vast political conspiracy, or a politician caught up in a scandal with every incentive to dissemble is doing it - and not very well. "From who I know in Roy Moore, I know no better man", he said. Roy Moore has also denied the allegations. And his friends advised him that it's unlikely that all of the accusations are baseless and that he should distance himself from Moore soon.
Moore has denied all allegations of sexual misconduct and denied knowing Nelson, but Hannity says the yearbook and his interview show "inconsistent answers". "I just ask the voters to be patient and watch what comes out in the next few days, and I think they'll be reassured that Judge Moore is telling the truth".
It's already too late to remove Moore's name from the ballot.
"We felt like our candidate was being attacked, the Republican nominee that the people of Alabama voted for". Many are voicing hopes that President Donald Trump can use his clout to resolve a problem that Republicans say leaves them with no easy options.
Meanwhile, McConnell floated Attorney General Jeff Sessions as a write-in to take back his empty Senate seat as a replacement for Moore.
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