President Donald Trump has finally made a decision about whether or not he will support Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, who is accused of sexual misconduct, including an alleged incident with a 14-year-old girl.
What did Trump say?
Writing on Twitter Monday morning, the president threw his full support behind Moore and explained why. Trump said Congress needs the Republican vote that Moore would provide, so that the Trump agenda can move forward. Trump also called Moore’s Democratic opponent, Doug Jones, a “liberal puppet" of congressional Democratic leaders.
Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama.… https://t.co/cTTqHa3YXL— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1512386225.0
Putting Pelosi/Schumer Liberal Puppet Jones into office in Alabama would hurt our great Republican Agenda of low on… https://t.co/XBhLWc1Y4C— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1512388808.0
Trump had hesitated to give Moore his full backing as the Alabama judge faced an onslaught of sexual misconduct allegations, some of them involving underage girls. The allegations were first reported by the Washington Post and led to several other alleged Moore victims to come forward.
Moore, who has vehemently denied any wrongdoing, thanked the president for the endorsement:
Are other Republicans changing their tune?
Just two weeks ago, as evidence and allegations mounted against Moore, many congressional Republicans called on Moore to step down from his campaign, including House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
However, McConnell appeared to flip-flop over the weekend when he said on various Sunday morning talk shows that Alabama voters should decide whether Moore belongs in the Senate — not him. McConnell had earlier instructed Moore to "step aside."
Where does Moore stand?
With just one week left before the Dec. 12 special election, the polls are in Moore's favor. The latest RealClearPolitics average of polls surveying the Alabama Senate race show Moore with a 3.2 percent lead over Jones.
Another poll revealed this weekend that 71 percent of Alabama Republicans don't believe the allegations of sexual misconduct against Moore are true.