White House: Trump will campaign for Roy Moore (everywhere but Alabama)
Donald Trump has broken ranks with much of his Republican Party in loudly cheering for accused sexual predator Roy Moore to become the next senator from Alabama. But according to a White House official, Trump will restrict his Moore cheerleading to social media and impromptu on-camera interviews. Moore is facing allegations of sexual assault and […]
Moore is facing allegations of sexual assault and harassment from nine different women, several of whom were minors when the alleged abuse took place. And Trump himself has a long, detailed history as a sexual predator.
But no, it looks like the two accused Republican predators will not share a campaign stage between now and the Alabama special election on Dec. 12.
Nonetheless, Trump’s bold and repeated support of the accused child molester on social media continues to fracture the Republican Party. Last week, former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele called Trump’s defense of Moore “sickening” and “beyond stupid.”
Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is already on the record saying Moore “should step aside” from his Senate bid because of the accusations. “I believe the women,” McConnell added. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan of Wisconsin agreed.
In all, more than a dozen of the 52 Republicans in the Senate said Moore should pull out of the Senate race in Alabama.
But that was before Trump weighed in. Never imagining that the head of their party would vocally cheer Moore’s candidacy in the wake of the horrific allegations, Republicans are now stuck.
Politically, Trump himself remains boxed in. Because of his own sordid history as a sexual harasser and assaulter, it would be awkward for him to demand Moore drop out of the race for being accused of predatory practices. Still, Trump’s decision to vocally weigh in on Moore’s behalf has, once again, stunned his own party.
Note that a strong majority of Americans — 60 percent — think Moore should be expelled from the Senate if he wins the election in Alabama, including a clear plurality of Republican voters (49-33), according to a new Quinnipiac poll.
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