- REUTERS/Marvin Gentry
- Doug Jones, the Democratic opponent of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, released an ad using top Republicans’ statements against Moore.
- Moore faces sexual misconduct allegations by a number of women who said Moore pursued them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s.
- Ivanka Trump is quoted in the ad as saying there’s a “special place in hell for people who prey on children.”
The Democratic candidate in Alabama’s Senate race is using the words of top Trump administration officials and Republicans against Roy Moore, the Republican whose campaign has been beset by sexual misconduct allegations in recent weeks.
A 30-second ad released by Doug Jones’ campaign quoted Ivanka Trump as saying, “There’s a special place in hell for people who prey on children … I have no reason to doubt these victims’ accounts.”
Trump was referring to the women who have publicly said that Moore pursued relationships with them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s. Several of the women allege that Moore sexually assaulted or behaved inappropriately toward them years ago.
Though Moore has denied allegations of wrongdoing and blamed the uproar on the news media and his political opponents, many top Republicans have denounced Moore and said they believe the women’s stories are credible.
“I have no reason to doubt these young women,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said last week in his testimony to the House Judiciary Committee. Sessions’ words, too, were quoted in Jones’ ad.
Another voice the ad included was that of Republican Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama, who said he would “absolutely not” vote for Moore.
“Conservative voices – putting children and women over party. Doing what’s right,” the ad’s narrator said.
Watch the full ad below: