Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore (R) defended himself Saturday during a press conference where he bashed the allegations against him.
What did he say?
In a Veterans Day speech in Alabama, Moore called the allegations, which came to light in a Washington Post story on Thursday, "fake news," said they were meant to derail his election campaign and claimed they were seeded by Democrats.
"These attacks involve a minor and they are completely false and untrue about something that happened nearly 40 years ago," he said, adding that the attacks have been extremely hurtful to him and his family.
Moore said the allegations contradict his entire career as a lawyer and judge.
In his speech, Moore had one question on his mind: why now? Why did it take decades for the allegations to surface, Moore questioned.
Why now? The Democrats and the Republican establishment know the importance of this election. In fact, most people in America know the importance of this election. They see it as a prelude to the elections coming in 2018. It may very well determine the future of our country. My opponent is 11 points behind. That came out just days before this article came out. They are desperate.
This article is a prime example of fake news, an attempt to divert attention from the true issues which affect our country, like health care, military readiness, tax reform, immigration and national debt. We do not intend to let the Democrats or the established Republicans or anybody else behind this story stop this campaign. There are investigations going on. In the next few days there will be revelations about the motivations and the content of this article. They will be brought to the public. We fully expect the people of Alabama to see through this charade and to vote in the primary coming up.
Moore said he doesn't expect the stories against him to stop because the Washington Post has an "agenda" against him.
How did Moore end the statement?
He finished by urging his supporters to ponder one question.
He said: "Everybody in this room should ask themselves: isn’t it strange that after 40 years of constant investigation, people have waited to four weeks prior to the general election to bring their complaints?"
"That’s not a coincidence," Moore said. "It’s an intentional act to stop the campaign."