Trump Breaks Silence on Roy Moore Allegations

Leigh Corfman speaks on NBC's

Representatives for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore held a freakish, fiery press conference Tuesday afternoon, in which they sought to discredit allegations against Moore and raged against his political opponents, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic opponent Doug Jones, and the "fake news people" in the media.

The president stopped short of fully endorsing Moore, whose candidacy and two terms as Alabama Supreme Court attracted controversy even before the sexual impropriety allegations, but attacked Moore's opponent, Democrat Doug Jones, as he spoke to reporters on the White House South Lawn as he left Washington, D.C., to travel to Florida for the Thanksgiving holiday.

"We don't need a liberal Democrat in that seat", Trump told reporters at the White House.

Moore's campaign has been beset by sexual misconduct allegations in recent weeks after a number of women said publicly that Moore had pursued relationships or initiated sexual encounters with them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s. He has, after all, been accused of sexual assault by over a dozen women and continues to insist that they're all liars.

Donald Trump finally has some words about Roy Moore amid all the allegations coming out against him - but they're as disappointing as you might have thought.

But President Trump said Tuesday that the accusations against Moore concern events that took place "40 years ago" and noted that the candidate has insisted "this did not happen". The Republican National Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee have pulled their support for Moore's campaign.

"If you look at what is really going on, and you look at all the things that have happened over the last 48 hours, he totally denies it", said the president.

He pointed to Mr Moore's assertions that he did nothing wrong.

Moore previously claimed he did not know Corfman, and on Monday, Corfman said, "I wonder how many me's he doesn't know". Moore has denied the allegations.

Roy Moore speaks during a campaign event at Walker Springs Road Baptist Church in Jackson, Alabama, on November 14, 2017. "He's run eight races, and this has never come up", he said.

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