GOP Senate Candidate Accused of Molestation; Defended with Biblical Tale

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Sean Hannity "Misspoke" Defending Roy Moore & Apologizes For Suggesting Sex With A 14-Year-Old Was "Consensual"

The question this poll can not really answer is the level of detail about the allegations against Moore that voters absorbed the day they were released - presumably not a lot of Alabamians read the Washington Post - and whether the sheer creepiness of Moore's reported conduct came through.

Many Alabama Republicans, like Jim Ziegler, have defended Moore. The NRSC did not respond to requests for comment.

Romney's tweet is in contrast to sentiments voiced by many other Republicans who have said Moore should leave the race if the allegations are true.

The most serious of these allegations was an on-the-record statement from a woman named Leigh Corfman that Moore, then 32, kissed and inappropriately touched her when she was 14 years old.

Some prominent Republicans, including President Donald Trump, are calling for him to drop out of the race if the allegations are true. Two of the teens acknowledged dating Moore for up to three months. A handful of senators suggested they would support odd if he launched a bid, and unusual told the Associated Press he would "do some more research" before ruling it out.

A biblical reference is now being used to defend Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore again allegations that he molested a 14-year-old girl. Even in Alabama, it is immoral and illegal for a 32-year-old man to initiate sexual contact with a minor.

Meanwhile, Alabama's Republican governor, Kay Ivey called the allegations "distrurbing".

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, "If these allegations are true, he must step aside". The prospect of a write-in candidacy, for a third candidate, was also under consideration, according to party aides. If that happens, McConnell and other Republicans would face the challenge of figuring out which candidate would run in Moore's place - and how to win an election in which it is too late to replace the former judge's name on the December 12 ballot.

Then her mother got involved and told Moore to get away from her little girl. Renato Mariotti, a candidate for IL attorney general, tweeted: "Sean Hannity tries to excuse the sexual assault of a 14-year old girl by Roy Moore by saying it was 'consensual.' Does he have no shame at all?"

But what if Moore ignores them - as he clearly plans to do - and beats the Democratic nominee Doug Jones in four weeks? "Take Joseph and Mary", Ziegler said.

"I wasn't ready for that - and I had never put my hand on a man's penis, much less an erect one", she told the Post. Several other Republicans, including Texas Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, and Utah Senator Mike Lee, all of whom endorsed Moore, echoed that sentiment. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. In September, Moore beat his Republican primary challenger Luther Strange even though Strange had the support of Trump. "They became the parents of Jesus". As senators headed in for an afternoon vote on a Transportation Department nominee, reporters swarmed Republicans in a bid to get their reaction.

"There's a very odd propensity of sexual allegations to suddenly become politically useful in the run-up to an election, or when someone stands up for the principles of the republic, like Clarence Thomas, and needs to be taken down", said Sebastian Gorka, a former White House adviser who became a Fox News contributor this week.

He first became a national figure in the early 2000s, when he lost his position as Alabama chief justice after refusing a court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from outside the courthouse.

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