Mitt Romney: Moore's Victory Would Be 'Stain' on US, GOP

Tuesday, 05 Dec, 2017

On Monday morning, President Donald Trump fully re-endorsed Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore against Democrat Doug Jones, after distancing himself from Moore in recent weeks due to sexual assault allegations.

The White House has said Trump would not travel to Alabama to campaign for Moore, but the president is planning to stage a campaign-style rally just across the state line, in Pensacola, Florida, on Friday night, four days ahead of the special election.

Before Trump took to Twitter Monday, his tweets about the Senate race in Alabama avoided offering Moore an endorsement and instead focused on bashing Jones.

Mr Trump initially backed incumbent Luther Strange, 64, in the race but he lost the primary to Mr Moore, sending shockwaves through Washington.

Moore has denied any improper behavior and suggested that the media and his political enemies are waging a wide-ranging campaign to discredit him. One woman, in particular, accused Moore of pursuing her and touching her when she was 14 and he was 32.

FILE - In this November 28, 2017, file photo, Alabama U.S. Senatorial candidate Doug Jones talks with the media after touring the Northport Medical Center, in Northport, Ala.

Still, Trump's decision to do away with any pretense of distance made clear he is increasingly confident in Moore's chances of victory despite the continued unease of some other Republican leaders.

Moore said on the social network that the 71-year-old president told him emphatically, "Go get 'em, Roy!" He totally denies it. In backing Moore, Trump cited Democratic obstruction on the tax reform bill.

Multiple women, including Corfman in an interview with The Washington Post, have accused Moore of pursing relationships with them when they were teenagers and he was in his early 30s.

Gibson said because she received threats after the initial Post story was published, she was unsure whether to come forward with the new evidence. He says Corfman is working for the Democrats to steal a Senate seat from Republicans. The president's vocal support of Moore also comes after the Associated Press reports that several high-ranking Republicans had asked Moore to step aside in the race. But on Sunday, he said the people of Alabama should "make the call" on Moore.