WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump urged Alabamans on Monday to vote for Roy Moore, a Republican candidate for the Senate who was accused of sexually abusing several teenage girls some four decades ago.
“Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama,” Trump tweeted in his usual flood of Twitter messages.
“We need his vote on stopping crime, illegal immigration, Border Wall, Military, Pro Life, V.A., Judges 2nd Amendment and more. No to Jones, a Pelosi/Schumer Puppet!” he added.
Up to now Trump has dodged giving Moore his explicit support in the special elections scheduled for Dec. 12 in Alabama, preferring to slam the candidate’s Democratic opponent, Doug Jones, while recalling that the Republican has repeatedly denied accusations of sexual harassment.
Last Nov. 27, the White House said that Trump did not plan to campaign for Moore, despite not calling for him to drop out of the race as Republican leaders in the Senate have done.
“The president is not planning any trip to Alabama” to campaign for Moore...and frankly his schedule doesn’t permit him doing anything between now and election day,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.
The week before this appearance, the president told reporters that he would soon tell them if he planned a trip to Alabama, where surveys show a tight race between Moore and Jones despite the state’s traditionally conservative profile.
Moore, 70, a former judge, is aligned with the so-called alt-right that seeks to revolutionize the Republican Party, and has emphatically denied eight women’s accusations against him, including several who were between 14 and 18 years old back in the 1970s when he allegedly harassed them.