- Roy Moore’s opponent in the Alabama Senate race, Doug Jones, released an ad on Wednesday skewering Moore in the wake of several sexual misconduct allegations.
- “Will we make their abuser a US senator?” the narrator in the ad said, referring to the women who have accused Moore of inappropriate behavior.
- Moore has seen declining support in several recent polls and lost the endorsement of top congressional Republicans like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Doug Jones, the Democratic nominee running for the Alabama Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, released a campaign ad slamming his opponent, Roy Moore, after weeks of laying low in an increasingly competitive race.
Nine women have accused Moore over the last two weeks of varying degrees of sexual misconduct. Leigh Corfman has claimed that the then-32-year-old Moore seduced and molested her when she was 14. Beverly Young Nelson has said that Moore tried to sexually assault her when she was a 16-year-old waitress.
And several other women have said the former judge pursued relationships with them when they were in their teens and he was in his 30s. One accuser alleged that Moore groped her backside when she was 28 and asked whether her two young daughters were as pretty as her.
Jones’ campaign released the ad on Wednesday. It opened by listing the names of seven Moore accusers, along with photos of them at the age when they accused Moore of abusing or inappropriately pursuing them.
“The list is growing,” the narrator in the ad said. “They were girls when Roy Moore immorally pursued them. Now, they are women, witnesses to us all of his disturbing conduct.”
The ad continued: “Will we make their abuser a US senator?” It closed by naming two more of his accusers.
— Doug Jones (@GDouglasJones) November 22, 2017
Moore denies all the allegations brought against him and denounced them as being part of a liberal smear campaign by the “Obama-Clinton Machine,” though his story has shown inconsistencies at times. Several congressional Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have disavowed Moore and called on him to step down, but he still has staunch support from Alabama’s Republican establishment.
He also earned an implicit endorsement from President Donald Trump on Tuesday.
“We don’t need a liberal person … a Democrat” in that seat, Trump told reporters as he left the White House for a Thanksgiving trip to Palm Beach, Florida.
“He totally denies it,” Trump said on Tuesday of the allegations against Moore.
On Sunday, several of Alabama’s most influential newspapers wrote a scathing editorial against him splashed across their front page, titled, “Stand for decency, reject Roy Moore.”