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  • 05.06.2020
Trump breaks silence, backs Moore

Trump breaks silence, backs Moore

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Donald Trump has indicated support for Roy Moore, the Republican Senate candidate in Alabama who has been accused of sexual assault, adding that he does not believe a Democrat should be elected to fill the seat in next month's special election.
"We don't need a liberal person in there, a Democrat," Trump told reporters as he left with his family to spend the Thanksgiving holiday at his Florida resort.
The White House had previously said that it was up to voters in Alabama to determine if Moore should represent the state in the Senate after multiple women accused him of sexual assault or misconduct decades ago when he was in his 30s and they were teenagers.
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"Roy Moore denies it. He gives a total denial," Trump said when asked if he believes Moore. He also did not rule out campaigning for Moore, who faces Democrat Doug Jones in a December 12 special election to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The president, who has himself faced accusations of sexual assault, had said earlier this month that if the allegations were true, then Moore should step aside.
The accusations against Moore began to surface earlier this month following a report in the Washington Post in which a woman accused him of molesting her in the 1970s when she was 14 and he was in his 30s.
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Another woman has since claimed that he attacked her around the same time when she was 16, while others have alleged he showed an interest in pursuing teens while serving as district attorney in the 1970s.
Numerous Republicans have called on Moore to step aside immediately.
Moore has repeatedly denied the allegations that come amid a broader conversation in the United States about sexual harassment and assault following revelations about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
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