WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Monday fully propelled his support behind Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, after weeks of protecting him from sex wrongdoing accusations and attacking his Democratic opponent.
At least nine maids have come forward to accuse Moore of sexual abuse and assault, including several who have said they were in their teenages at the time of the misconduct.
In a tweet early Monday morning, Trump use Senate Republicans’ tax bill — which their Democratic counterparts are overwhelmingly opposed to — as an polemic for “why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama.”
The president reiterated his support during a phone call with Moore later on Monday, according to the Senate candidate’s wife, Kayla Moore .
White House officers confirmed that Trump “had a positive scold with Judge Roy Moore during which they discussed the state of the Alabama Senate race and the President endorsed Judge Moore’s campaign.”
Trump on Monday twice criticized Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones as a “liberal puppet” of his party’s leaders.
After dodging questions for nearly two weeks about the accusations against Moore — which were first revealed in a bombshell Washington Post report — Trump implicitly endorsed the candidate on Nov. 21 by has declared that “we don’t need a radical person in there .”
When asked if he guesses Moore’s accusers, Trump would only say that Moore “totally affirms it.”
Moore has vehemently affirmed all of the allegations, claiming that they are a scheme created by Democrats and reporters who have investigated the claims. His campaign has also tried to criticize the credibility of the women who have come forward with allegations.
Recent polling suggests that the Dec. 12 special referendum between Moore and Jones will be close, but that most Alabama Republicans do not think that the allegations against Moore are credible.
A CBS News poll liberated Sunday found that 71 percentage of Alabama Republicans cross-examine said that they was held that the allegations are false, “and those who believe this also overwhelmingly believe Democrats and the media are behind those allegations.”
Many Senate Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell( R-Ky .), have called on Moore to exit the hasten. On Sunday, McConnell softened his posture on Moore, saying, “In the end, the voters of Alabama will make their choice.”
This article has been revised with information about Trump’s phone call to Moore on Monday.