Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said Friday that Roy Moore would be disqualified from serving in the U.S. Senate if allegations he pursued sexual and romantic relations with teenagers between the ages of 14 and 18 are true.
“The allegations reported by the media against Roy Moore are beyond disturbing and, if true, would disqualify him or anyone else engaged in such behavior from holding a position of public trust,” Perkins tweeted Friday.
The allegations reported by the media against Roy Moore are beyond disturbing and, if true, would disqualify him or anyone else engaged in such behavior from holding a position of public trust.— Tony Perkins (@tperkins) November 10, 2017
Perkins, a prominent social conservative, joins a growing chorus of Republicans who say Moore should exit the Senate race “if” the allegations against him are true. A few Republicans, such as Mitt Romney and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., believe Moore should withdraw from the Alabama special election regardless.
The Washington Post revealed Thursday four women accused Moore of pursuing sexual and romantic relations with them while they were teenagers. Moore, at the time, was in his 30s.
In one instance, one of the women said Moore initiated sexual contact with her when she was 14 and he was 32. Moore was serving as an assistant district attorney at the time.
The other three women said Moore took them out on dates when they were between the ages of 16 and 18.
Moore has denied the accusations, saying they are “completely false and a desperate political attack.”