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Commentary: Republicans must turn their backs on Roy Moore

11 November, 2017

Moore, at the time an assistant district attorney, asked for the girl's phone number and days later took her to his house, where they engaged in sexual activity before she asked to be taken home, Ms. Corfman said.

In the wake of the explosive allegations of teen sex abuse made against Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, many Republicans in Washington have called for Moore to drop out of the race.

The Post said none of the women had donated to or worked for Moore's Democratic opponent, Doug Jones, or for his Republican primary rivals, and that Corfman said she had voted for Republicans in the past three presidential elections, including for Mr. Trump in 2016.

In Washington, Republican senators responded to the report with shock and dismay, telling reporters that if the claims were true, Moore should exit the race immediately.

The agreement still includes the other participants -- the Republican National Committee, the Alabama Republican Party and Moore's campaign.

Most Senate Republicans took an "if true" stance, as Talking Points Memo puts it - that is, saying that the women's accounts of their experiences are not enough to prompt calls for Moore's resignation but that he should remove himself from the race if the accusations are legitimate. 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?"

Now party leaders expect new questions about the Moore accusations.

Several religious scholars objected to Zeigler's use of the Bible to defend Moore.

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No matter what happens, Moore will remain on the ballot on December 12 since a candidate's name can not be removed within 76 days of the election, according to the office of Alabama's secretary of state. Unusual lost to Moore in the Republican primary runoff.

"I don't know if it matters whether it's today, tomorrow, or the next day, but he should do it within the next 48 hours, one way or the other", King said.

Senate candidate Roy Moore's campaign is calling allegations of sexual misconduct "the very definition of fake news and intentional defamation".

The Post's report was based on interviews with 30 people. As senators headed in for an afternoon vote on a Transportation Department nominee, reporters swarmed Republicans in a bid to get their reaction. In addition, Zeigler said that even if the allegation was true, it did not involve sexual intercourse.

Moore backer and former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon compared the allegations against the Republican Senate candidate to the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape that was released during the 2016 election. "We are in the midst of a spiritual battle with those who want to silence our message", Moore wrote in an email to his supporters. But the report unquestionably introduced new waves of uncertainty and turmoil into a race for the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, the attorney general.

The statement also notes that Moore has been married to the same woman for 33 years and has four children and five grandchildren.

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Moore was twice removed from his state Supreme Court position, once for disobeying a federal court order to remove a 5,200-pound granite Ten Commandments monument from the lobby of the state judicial building, and later for urging state probate judges to defy the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized gay marriage.

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