When The Washington Post broke the story that at least four women had accused Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct, the GOP scrambled to respond to the disturbing accusations. While some lawmakers said Moore should step down only “if the accusations were true,” others demanded that he step aside immediately. In fact, on Monday Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) demanded Moore “step aside” now.
McConnell explained, “I think he should step aside.” More and more Republicans are demanding Moore exit the race. After all, according to the report by the Washington Post, Moore has sexual relations with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32-years-old. When reporters asked the Senate Majority Leader if he believed Moore’s accusers he said: “I believe the women.” As do many others. However, Moore denies the accusations and Fox News Host Sean Hannity has even defended Moore against the claims.
The report from the Post included an account from Leigh Corfman, now 53, who said she had a sexual encounter with Moore in 1979, when she was 14 years old and he was 32. What’s more, the article also included accounts from three other women who said Moore attempted to court them around that time, when they were between 16 and 18 years old. Moore says he will continue campaigning despite criticism from leading Republicans to step down.
Earlier this week, McConnell told reporters that the GOP is currently exploring alternative options to a write-in bid since it is so late in the process. “That’s an option we’re looking at, whether or not there is someone who could mount a write-in successfully,” McConnell said. However, ever since the story broke, Moore has taken a dip in the polls. The once leading Republican candidate is now tied with his Democratic challenger. Will these accusations be enough to end Moore’s political career?