In the wake of the Washington Post's blockbuster story today that four women have accused Alabama Republican US Senate candidate Roy Moore of inappropriately touching them while they were teenagers aged 14 to 18, and Moore was in his 30s, Alabama Republicans are circling the wagons by openly defending pedophilia.
Moore, a former judge who is the Republican candidate for Senate in Alabama, has denied the allegations.
Two Republican senators, John McCain and John Thune, said Moore should step aside immediately, with McCain calling the accusations "deeply disturbing and disqualifying". John McCain of Arizona, Sen. Although one told the Post that Moore had ordered her cocktails when she was below the legal drinking age, there were no other accusations of illegal behavior.
Moore supported the Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act, a bill that gave Alabama police the right to arrest anyone they suspected of not being an American citizen until that person could "prove" his or her citizenship.
Moore has denied the allegations and given no indication that he will exit the race. According to Corfman, Moore offered to watch her while her mother went into the courthouse.
Moore faces Democrat Doug Jones in the special election on December 12.
Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said Thursday ballots have already been printed.
But there has not yet been any sign that Moore, 70, is preparing to withdraw. President Donald Trump also supported odd but immediately threw his support behind Moore following his victory.
"These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign", he said. The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, who actively supported odd, said in a statement: "If these allegations are true, he must step aside". "But I think it's a odd coincidence".
A group close to McConnell that spent millions of dollars to oppose Moore in the primary called on Gov. Kay Ivey, R, and the state party to investigate the allegations. Per Alabama law, it is too late for Moore's name to be taken off the ballot. "There is no place in our party for sexual predators". "I'm not saying I support what he did". "I don't know what he's going to do, but we'll see what develops".
Trump's comments come after a Washington Post report that in 1979, Moore has inappropriate sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl.
None of the women sought out The Post. "The forces of evil will lie, cheat, steal - even inflict physical harm - if they believe it will silence and shut up Christian conservatives like you and me". Corfman claims that the interaction led to several additional encounters, during one of which she says Moore brought her to his home and attempted to initiate a sexual interaction.
But the tone changed Thursday afternoon. But until that happens, they're happy to endorse Roy More. Moments later, odd came to the floor and headed straight for McConnell.
Odd didn't respond to questions from reporters Thursday.
Moore's opponent, Strange, was backed by McConnell and the Republican establishment during the campaign.
Bannon added Thursday that the Post's investigation was an element of Democrats and the mainstream media's "politics of self-destruction".