Trump won't campaign for Alabama candidate Roy Moore

28 November, 2017, 00:58 | Author: Laura Christensen
  • Trump won't campaign for Alabama candidate Roy Moore

U.S. President Donald Trump will not campaign for Roy Moore, the Alabama Republican Senate candidate who is facing allegations of sexual misconduct, a White House official said on Monday.

Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Judge Roy Moore listens to a question during a news conference on November 16 in Birmingham, Alabama.

The White House official told The Associated Press that Trump would not travel to Alabama on Moore's behalf.

Unlike many party leaders, Trump did not call for Moore to exit the race, and defended the embattled candidate on Twitter, arguing that Democrat Doug Jones would be a "disaster".

A number of top Republican senators have called on 70-year-old Mr Moore to step aside following claims he molested or harassed teenage girls as young as 14 while he was in his 30s.


"We don't need a liberal person in there, a Democrat", Trump told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House last Tuesday.

Two women have accused Moore of sexually assaulting or molesting them decades ago, when he was in his 30s and they were teenagers.

Trump followed that up with tweets over the weekend saying that Jones would be a puppet of Washington Democrats if elected. Trump has all but endorsed Moore, pointing out that Moore denies the accusations. Republican lawmakers are considering expelling Moore should he win the seat. He has instead chosen to go after Moore's opponent. Busby spent 31 years in the Marine Corps and, during his final tour of duty, served as vice chief of staff to Gen. John Kelly, who is now President Donald Trump's chief of staff. As for getting the word out about his campaign, Busby said he is relying largely on social media. The ad does not describe the allegations.

"My record speaks for itself", Jones said. "I am very strong on the issues that the people of Alabama care for". Howell Heflin, who represented the state for almost 20 years.

Moore is facing off against Democrat Doug Jones in a December 12 special election to fill a seat held previously by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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