Multiple Republican lawmakers have called on Roy Moore, the Alabama GOP Senate candidate, to step aside following sex offense allegations.
Moore, a onetime Alabama state judge, allegedly had sexual contact with teenage girls in the late 1970 s and 1980 s, the Washington Post reported. Leigh Corfman said Moore had sexual contact with her when she was just 14 and he was 32.
The age of consent in Alabama is 16.
Moore dismissed the allegations as “the most vicious and annoying round of attacks.”
“We are in the midst of a spiritual battle with those who want to silence our letter, ” Moore said. “The actions of ill will lie, chisel, plagiarize- even impose physical injure- if they believe it will stillness and shut the fuck up Christian conservatives like you and me.”
However, several Republican have called on Moore to step aside from the special referendum in December. And the National Republican Senatorial Committee reportedly separated its fundraising ties with Moore.
Speaking to reporters on Thursday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said if the allegations are true, President Trump is therefore of the opinion that “Moore will do the right thing and step aside.”
“Like most Americans, the president believes we cannot allow a merely allegation, in this case one from several years ago, to destroy a person’s life, ” Sanders said. “However, the president too believes that if these allegations are true, Judge Moore will do the right thing and step aside.”
Vice President Mike Pence, “found the allegations in the storey disturbing and guesses, if true-life, this would disqualify anyone from invited to take part in office, ” his press secretary, Alyssa Farah, told reporters.
“If these allegations are true, it was necessary to step aside, ” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky ., said in a statement.