Reps. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., and Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said Monday they would not withdraw their endorsements for Judge Roy Moore, even as Senate Republicans continued to denounce his campaign and call for him to be expelled from the Senate if he wins next month.
"You can't unring a bell," said Meadows, the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, when asked if is still endorsing Moore. "At this point, it's up to Alabama to figure out — Washington D.C.'s not going to decide that. The people of Alabama will."
"Look, I'm like everyone else," Jordan said when asked about his endorsement. "If this turns out to be true then he should step down, but you've got to let the investigation play out. Ultimately, the decision is going to be in the hands of the people in Alabama."
On Monday, a fifth woman accused Moore of sexual improprieties, and a new report said the two-time chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court may have been banned from the Gadsden Mall in his hometown because he "repeatedly badgered teen-age girls."
Meadows, Jordan and other conservative members of the House endorsed Moore during the primary runoff campaign against Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala. While some raised the possibility of write-in campaign by the outgoing senator, Strange called that "highly unlikely."
Four of the five Senate members who had previously endorsed Moore's campaign had revoked their support by Monday night. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said that the allegations of sexual misconduct should be looked at by prosecutors. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, the No. 2-ranking Senate Republican also yanked his backing earlier Monday. Those came days after Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Steve Daines, R-Mont., both pulled their endorsements for Moore.
The lone Senate Republican to support Moore at the moment is Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.