Senate GOP candidate Roy Moore’s campaign showed off President Trump’s remarks expressing why Moore’s Democratic challenger, Doug Jones, should not fill Alabama's open U.S. Senate seat, as Moore faces mounting allegations of sexual misconduct.
“We don’t need a liberal person in there, a Democrat — Jones,” Trump said Tuesday. “I’ve looked at his records, it’s terrible on crime, it’s terrible on the border, it’s terrible on the military. I can tell you for a fact, we do not need someone who is going to be bad on crime, bad on borders, and bad with the military, bad for the Second Amendment.”
“Judge Roy Moore is a proven fighter and stands ready to make our communities safe, to be tough on crime, secure our borders, rebuild the military, and protect our gun rights,” the email said.
Trump’s remarks on Tuesday to reporters mark the first time he has publicly addressed the allegations, which many took as a de facto endorsement of Moore.
"He denies it. Look, he denies it," Trump said of Moore. "If you look at all the things that have happened over the last 48 hours. He totally denies it. He says it didn't happen. And look, you have to look at him also."
Trump added that he would announce next week if he would campaign for Moore.
Previously, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump believed the allegations were “very troubling,” but wanted Alabama to determine if Moore should be elected to the Senate.
Four women accused Moore of pursuing sexual and romantic relations with them when they were between the ages of 14 and 18, and he was in his 30s, the Washington Post first reported earlier this month, the first allegations to emerge during the special election campaign. Other women have come forward with additional allegations since then.
Moore, who has maintained throughout the controversy that he has not committed any wrongdoing, is up against Jones next month in the Alabama special election to fill Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ empty U.S. Senate seat.