Trump Privately Doubted Roy Moore’s Female Accusers, Compared Moore To Himself
President Donald Trump reportedly doubted the nine female women who accused Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct, including attempted rape.
Two White House advisers and two other people told POLITICO that Trump privately told senior Republicans and White House aides that he doubted the women, and compared Moore to himself when 16 women accused him of sexual harassment during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Trump appeared to publicly support Moore while speaking to reporters today (video below):
Let me just tell you, Roy Moore denies it. That’s all I can say. He denies it. And, by the way, he totally denies it,”
I mean, 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. He says it didn’t happen. And, you know, you have to listen to him also. You’re talking about, he said 40 years ago this did not happen.
Trump’s comments contradict prior statements on his behalf by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Trump also parroted White House counselor Kellyanne Conway’s attack against Moore’s Democratic opponent, former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones who prosecuted the infamous Birmingham church bombers from the 1960s :
I can tell you one thing for sure: We don’t need a liberal person in there, a Democrat — Jones. I’ve looked at his record. It’s terrible on crime. It’s terrible on the border. It’s terrible on the military. I can tell you for a fact, we do not need somebody that’s going to be bad on crime, bad on borders, bad with the military, bad for the Second Amendment.
Like Conway, Trump failed to back up any of his claims with evidence.