WASHINGTON – After weeks of tacit support, US President Donald Trump explicitly asked the Senate on Monday to back Republican candidate from Alabama, Roy Moore, who has been accused of molesting several teenagers around 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 early Monday morning.
“We need his vote on stopping crime, illegal immigration, Border Wall, Military, Pro Life, V.A., Judges 2nd Amendment and more. No to Jones (rival democrat candidate), a Pelosi/Schumer Puppet!” added Trump.
The President had called Moore on Monday to endorse his campaign and to discuss the Senate race in Alabama, said Raj Shah, a White House spokesperson.
Trump had so far limited his support for Moore in the Alabama elections that are scheduled for Dec. 12 through sharp criticism of his opponent Doug Jones.
After Trump’s announcement, the Republican Party also decided to restore its financial support to Moore’s campaign, local media reported.
“The RNC (Republican party) is the political arm of the president and we support the President,” said a source to CNN news network.
On Nov. 27, the White House had said Trump did not plan to campaign with Moore, although according to the campaign website, the president is scheduled to hold a rally on Friday at 7:00 pm in Pensacola, Florida, barely 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the border of Alabama.
A former judge, the 70-year-old Moore is aligned with the alternative right that seeks to revolutionize the Republican Party, and has categorically denied molestation accusations brought against him by eight women, several of whom were between 14-18 years of age when the alleged incidents occurred in the 1970s.
Trump, who was also accused by several women of sexual misconduct during the 2016 presidential election campaign, came to Moore’s defense two weeks ago, saying that the candidate had repeatedly denied the accusations.
Several Republican senators have warned that they could vote on the expulsion of Moore from the Senate in case he wins the election.