'We don't need a liberal:' Trump discounts Moore accusations

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President Donald Trump spoke publicly about embattled Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore for the first time Tuesday, saying of the Republican accused of multiple acts of sexual misconduct: "You have to listen to him also" and "he totally denies it".

"We don't need a liberal person in there", Trump said of Moore's rival, Democrat Doug Jones.

On Thursday afternoon, November 9, The Washington Post had published a report detailing allegations that Moore, the Republican nominee, pursued sexual relationships with teenagers when he was in his early 30s.

Trump has previously said that Moore should step aside if the allegations were true.

Dean Young, Moore's campaign adviser, said that Alabamiams can not elect Doug "the liberal Democrat" Jones because he will back judges who support partial-birth abortions. The White House has said that Trump's position is that it is down to the voters of Alabama to decide.

White House panel discussion on Trump's endorsement of Moore, MSNBC analyst John Heilemann explained that there was no "moral consistency or ethic consistency" to Trump's decision to toss his support behind Moore because all Trump "cares about is himself".

Yet a number of Senate Republicans, including majority leader Mitch McConnell, have called on Mr Moore to quit the race.

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Again, here's the key part of Trump quote on that: "I can tell you for a fact we do not need somebody who's going to be bad on crime, bad on borders, bad for the military, bad for the Second Amendment". Shelby said he will "absolutely not" vote for Moore.

Sessions said he had no reason to doubt Moore's accusers.

"When you're a star, they let you do it", Mr Trump said on the Access Hollywood tape. Ivanka Trump said there's a special place in hell for people who prey on children.

Roy Moore speaks during a campaign event at Walker Springs Road Baptist Church in Jackson, Alabama, on November 14, 2017. "I just don't think that is the direction for the party".

The boost Moore will get from Trump's comments will make it that much harder to remove the controversial judge from the race or to organize a serious write-in campaign against him.

Trump, who won election last fall despite more than a dozen accusations of sexual misconduct against him personally, dismissed questions from reporters about backing a man accused of sexual assault over a man who is a Democrat.

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