- Thomson Reuters
- President Donald Trump appeared to back Alabama senatorial candidate Roy Moore after seven women accused him of sexual misconduct.
- He may have done it because he doubts the accusers who came forward right before a big election, even though they have evidence.
- Trump seems worried about the Republican majority in the Senate weakening if Moore loses.
President Donald Trump’s tacit support for Alabama senatorial candidate Roy Moore may stem from doubts about Moore’s accusers, some of whom were minors when alleged sexual misconduct took place.
On Tuesday, Trump took Moore’s side in the scandal by saying that Moore had denied the allegations and that “we don’t need a liberal person … a Democrat,” in the Senate.
According to Axios’ Jonathan Swan, Trump may have been more willing to accept Moore’s denial due to what looks like a political attack on a key Republican seat right before an election.
“He basically said we can’t lose an Alabama seat when we’ve got such a slim majority already,” said Swan. “He doesn’t know what’s true and what’s not, but some of the stuff is clearly political.”
Swan says that the involvement of Gloria Allred, a prominent women’s rights attorney, may have made Trump suspicious, as well as the timing of the accusations.
“You’ve got a guy who’s been in the spotlight for decades and run for office a bunch of times, and this never comes out until four weeks before an election,” said Swan.
Roy Moore has served in the government since 1992 when he was appointed as a circuit court judge, and the majority of his accusers allege he had inappropriate relations with them in the 1970s.
But the accusers have presented damning evidence, like a woman’s yearbook signed by Moore in 1977, when she was 16 and Moore was 30.
In total, seven women have accused Moore of sexual misconduct, all of them 18 or younger at the time.