Trump Opens the Door to Campaigning for Roy Moore


Representatives for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore held a freakish, fiery press conference Tuesday afternoon, in which they sought to discredit allegations against Moore and raged against his political opponents, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic opponent Doug Jones, and the "fake news people" in the media.

Trump broke with national Republicans, who have unendorsed Moore and called for him to step aside.

Trump said he would tell reporters next week whether he planned to campaign with Moore. "Jones, I've looked at his record", Trump said.

"I'll be letting you know next week", he said, when asked whether he will campaign with Moore.

Later in the gaggle, he reiterated Moore "denies" the claims made against him. That's some law-and-order guy all right.

"We don't need a liberal person in there", Trump said of Moore's rival, Democrat Doug Jones. An appearance by the president did not work out too well for his original Alabama Senate candidate, Luther Strange. If there are any subjects on earth that Donald Trump should walk over hot coals to avoid, it is these.

Six women have accused Mr Moore of pursuing romantic relationships with them when they were teenagers and he was an assistant district attorney in his 30s.

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"If you look at what is really going on, and you look at all the things that have happened over the last 48 hours, he totally denies it", said the president.

He also noted that the allegations came from behaviour alleged to have happened decades ago. It's not surprising to see Trump join Republicans in Moore's state.

A reporter asked Trump if an "accused child molester" was better than a Democrat.

President Trump said he is "very happy" that women are speaking out about their experiences.

"By the way, he gives a total denial, and I do have to say 40 years is a long time".

"We believe Judge Moore", Moore campaign strategist Dean Young said.

More than a dozen women came forward at the end of the 2016 presidential election to say that Mr Trump had sexually assaulted or harassed them over the years.