Republicans call on Moore to end campaign after child sex abuse allegations
Republicans are denouncing Judge Roy Moore in light of bombshell accusations published in the Washington Post alleging he sexually pursued four underage girls when he was in his 30s. While many GOP members have yet to make official statements, those that have are voicing their discomfort with Moore running as the Republican candidate in the upcoming Alabama senatorial race, and calling on him to step down if the allegations are true.
Multiple GOP senators and President Trump had previously endorsed Moore. Senator Jeff Cornyn called the allegations “deeply disturbing and troubling” Thursday, but that it was up to the government and people of Alabama to decide whether he should be senator. He did not specify whether he was pulling his support.
Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama said “If that’s true,” referring to the allegations, “then he wouldn’t belong in the Senate.” Those sentiments were echoed by Senators Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Jeff Flake of Arizona, Tim Scott of South Carolina, and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
While Alabama law prohibits the withdrawal of a candidate within 76 days of an election, Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski has reportedly spoken to Senator Luther Strange, Moore’s primary opponent, about running as a write-in candidate in next month’s special election.
UPDATE: Senators Susan Collins, Mike Lee, and Steve Daines are also distancing themselves from Moore and calling on him to step down “if the allegations are true.”