Establishment Republicans have already shunned Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, and while the president hasn’t yet spoken definitively on the issue, the first daughter didn’t mince words.
“There’s a special place in hell for people who prey on children,” said Ivanka Trump, according to The Associated Press. “I’ve yet to see a valid explanation and I have no reason to doubt the victims’ accounts.”
Republicans distance themselves
President Donald Trump has not made a judgment about Moore’s guilt or innocence, but the White House said Trump believes that if the allegations are true, Moore should drop out of the Senate race.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is on the record saying he believes the women making the accusations, and that Moore should drop out of the race immediately.
McConnell said Moore is “obviously not fit to be in the United States Senate” and has said he believes Moore will be subject to an ethics probe and possible expulsion if he is elected.
“If he were to be sworn in, he would immediately be in a process before the Senate Ethics Committee,” McConnell said at a Wall Street Journal event. “He would be sworn in and be asked to testify under oath and it would be a rather unusual beginning, probably an unprecedented beginning.”
Moore repeatedly denies allegations
To this point, Moore has denied the allegations against him, claiming that they are politically motivated attacks from both the women and the media.
“I want to make it perfectly clear, the people of Alabama know me, they know my character, they know what I’ve stood for in the political world for over 40 years. And I can tell you without hesitation this is absolutely false,” Moore said.
Moore has been accused of having sexual contact with girls as young as 14 years old while he was in his 30s.