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President Trump appears to back Roy Moore, discounts allegations by saying "Roy Moore denies it"

Posted by on Nov. 21, 2017 at 3:53 PM
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WASHINGTON – President Trump appeared to back embattled candidate Roy Moore on Tuesday, despite multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against the Alabama Republican involving teenage girls, saying he doesn't want another Democrat in the Senate and stressing Moore's denials of improper behavior with underage girls. 

"We don't need a liberal person in there, a Democrat," Trump said on Tuesday. 

Trump spoke while en route to the presidential helicopter that will take him to Air Force One to start a Thanksgiving holiday at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla. 

Trump himself ignored questions about whether he himself believes Moore's denials. "Roy Moore denies it," he said. "That's all I can say." 

Trump said he will announce next week whether he intends to go to Alabama to campaign for Moore, who faces a tight election against Democrat Doug Jones, a former federal prosecutor. 

Trump, who has been accused of improper sexual conduct himself, said it is a good thing that harassment issues are surfacing. 

"Women are very special," he said. "It is a very special time; lots of things coming out. It is good for society. it is good for women. Very happy it is being exposed."

After the sexual harassment charges against Moore arose earlier this month, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders issued a statement saying Trump expected that, if the allegations are true, "Judge Moore will do the right thing and step aside." 

As recently as last week, Sanders said Trump believed that the people of Alabama should decide whether to elect Moore, who has been accused of sexually assaulting and harassing girls as young as 14 years old when he was in his 30s. 

"Look, the president believes these allegations are very troubling and should be taken seriously, and he thinks the people of Alabama should make the decision on who their senator should be," Sanders said Thursday.

Trump declined to discuss other lawmakers accused of sexual misconduct.

"I don't want to speak for Al Franken," Trump said of the Minnesota Democratic senator. 

Franken has apologized to a TV host and sportscaster who accused him of kissing and groping her without her consent, before his time in Congress. 

Trump said he only just heard about allegations against Rep. John Conyers, who acknowledged on Tuesday that his office reached a secret settlement with a former staffer accusing him of sexual harassment – allegations the Michigan Democrat denied. 

While Trump declined to list specific cases, he did say that Congress should release names of lawmakers who have settled sexual harassment claims.

Yet Trump last week referred to the former Saturday Night Live writer as "Frankenstein" and tweeted that the evidence against Franken is "really bad." He blasted him for hypocrisy in condemning other acts of sexual harassment. "The Al Frankenstien (sic) picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words," Trump tweeted last week. "Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps?"

Trump's tweets opened the door for the president's critics to revive the many sexual misconduct allegations against him.  More than a dozen women have accused Trump of groping and kissing then against their will; Trump has denied every allegation.

The White House defended Trump's attack on Franken's sexual misconduct on Friday by saying the allegations against Franken were very different from accusations against Trump. 

"Specifically, Sen. Franken has admitted wrongdoing and the president hasn’t," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said last Friday. "That's a very clear distinction."

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/11/21/president-trump-roy-moore-we-dont-need-liberal-alabama/886370001/

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francee89
by Gold Member on Nov. 21, 2017 at 3:54 PM
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Better a pedophile and the chance for him to ensure lower taxes (for millionaires). He's repulsive.

jessilin0113
by Ruby Member on Nov. 21, 2017 at 3:55 PM
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Well, if things go like they have in the past, Trump's reverse Midas will sweep in a dem, lol.
francee89
by Gold Member on Nov. 21, 2017 at 4:00 PM

Remember when Trump said he'd be an ally to the LGBT community? And now he's backing someone who not only preyed on teenage girls, but used his legal role to discriminate against LGBT people for decades. Remember when he said he wants to promote law and order? He's backing someone removed from the bench twice for refusing to follow the law.

But I'm guessing Trump's supporters don't mind getting lied to.

LittleLizette
by Member on Nov. 21, 2017 at 4:06 PM
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He has to claim that he believes Moore when he said he didn't do it or else his own denials will mean nothing.  Trump is a compulsive liar and needs to stand by other liars.  

manna080
by Member on Nov. 21, 2017 at 4:07 PM
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Well Trump supporters have said they don't believe the allegations against Trump because he's never admitted it, so it's not hard to believe that Trump would say the same thing about a fellow Republican.

coolmommy2x
by Platinum Member on Nov. 21, 2017 at 4:11 PM
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Birds of a feather.

I like he says they don't need a liberal, a democrat. Is he not still that liberal Democrat's president? Does he not represent all Americans? Or just the ones he likes?


Quoting LittleLizette:

He has to claim that he believes Moore when he said he didn't do it or else his own denials will mean nothing.  Trump is a compulsive liar and needs to stand by other liars.  

Episkey
by Bronze Member on Nov. 21, 2017 at 4:12 PM
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Why do they make it seem as if being a liberal is worse than being a pedophile?
Seafaith
by Silver Member on Nov. 21, 2017 at 4:13 PM
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Well from the pussy grabber to a child molester I would not expect nothing else. 

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Nov. 21, 2017 at 4:14 PM
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2 peas in the same abusive, entitled pod.

SuG4
by Firestarter on Nov. 21, 2017 at 4:15 PM
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Most presidents would be far removed from this stuff.... but Obama, early on, as well as Trump seems to NOT be able to separate the office of the presidency with other issues!!!
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