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Trump endorses Roy Moore: ‘We need his vote…on Pro Life’

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WASHINGTON, D.C., December 5, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – President Donald Trump endorsed Roy Moore for Alabama’s Senate special election, despite the former state judge facing what looks to be a smear campaign that involves allegations of sexual misconduct.

While mainstream media appears to be doing everything it can to sink Moore’s campaign with reports of questionable allegations, Trump fearlessly endorsed Moore on Twitter and gave the judge an encouraging call. 

The president called Moore a “fighter,” and told him, “Go get ‘em, Roy!”

Trump tweeted that “we need” Moore for his conservative vote in the senate, over Democrat opponent Doug Jones, whom Trump characterized as a “Pelosi/Schumer Liberal Puppet.”

“Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama,” Trump tweeted. “We need his vote on stopping crime, illegal immigration, Border Wall, Military, Pro Life, V.A., Judges, 2nd Amendment and more.”

Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama. We need his vote on stopping crime, illegal immigration, Border Wall, Military, Pro Life, V.A., Judges 2nd Amendment and more. No to Jones, a Pelosi/Schumer Puppet!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2017

Moore said he was "honored to receive the support and endorsement of President Donald Trump.”

“President Trump knows that the future of his conservative agenda in Congress hinges on this election,” he said in a statement

The special election for Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Senate seat takes place Tuesday, December 12th.  Polls show Moore is ahead but in a tight race against liberal Democrat Doug Jones.

Moore has been accused of impropriety in an encounter with an underage girl nearly forty years ago, specifically touching her underclothes when the girl was 14 and Moore was an adult.  Another woman accused Moore of unwanted sexual advances which she rebuffed when she was a 16-year-old waitress.  Besides those two accusations, women have said Moore dated them when they were 17, 18, and 19.

Moore, 70, admits that after getting out of military service he dated several young women but denies they were underage and unequivocally denies any sexual impropriety.  He has been married for 32 years to Kayla Kisor (23 years old when she married Moore), and the couple have four children.

Moore spokeswoman Janet Porter vigorously defended Moore, citing ulterior motives on the part of Moore's accusers.

White House director of legislative affairs Marc Short said the accusations against Moore were politically opportunistic and inferred they may be opposition orchestrated.

“When allegations arise 38 years later --when Roy Moore has been a very public figure for those 38 years…there are certain questions that come about the timing of these allegations,” he said.

“In all of the years that I worked for Judge Moore I never once saw him even disrespect a woman,” Ben DuPré, who worked with Moore for fifteen years in a number of capacities, said.  “My office at the Supreme Court was situated in a way that I saw everyone that went in and out of his office, and never once did I see anything suspicious or improper.  As his Chief of Staff, if anybody would have seen something suspicious, it would have been me.  If any of the staff had been harassed or disrespected in any way, I would have heard about it.  Nothing like that ever happened.”

“If there is a characteristic that would describe Judge Moore, it is honesty,” DuPré said.

Trump said last month that he believed Moore’s side of the story.  

“He totally denies it. He says it didn’t happen. And look, you have to look at him also,” the president said.  The White House previously said that if the allegations against Moore were proven true, then Moore should step aside.

The Republican National Committee (RNC), after initially holding back when Moore allegations surfaced, is now financially supporting Moore’s candidacy.

In a primary runoff, Trump supported Luther Strange against Moore.  Strange, the establishment Republican, was also backed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.  When allegations surfaced, McConnell called for Moore to quit, but now the Senate leader says Alabama voters should have their say.

Moore won a landslide victory against Strange in the runoff.  “Judge Roy Moore is an embodiment of what we chose on November the 8th last year when we elected Trump into office,” former Presidential Adviser Sebastian Gorka told the BBC. 

Many establishment Republicans remain hostile toward the outspoken pro-life, pro-marriage, and pro-family Moore. Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele bitterly criticized President Trump for endorsing Moore, calling Moore “an alleged pedophile” and tweeting to Trump, “America no longer has a moral compass under your ‘leadership.’”

Virginia attorney Gualberto Garcia Jones, Executive Director of the International Human Rights Group, predicted that if elected, Moore will be the “most reliable pro-life and pro-family advocate” and “the most consistent social conservative in the United States Senate.”

Moore told LifeSiteNews his top priorities in the U.S. Senate will be “to bring back the Constitution and knowledge of God, which underlines that Constitution.” 

 

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