WASHINGTON — President Trump is “on trial” in Roy Moore’s campaign for the U.S. Senate in Alabama, the Republican candidate’s top political strategist said Sunday.
Two days before voters go to the polls, GOP strategist Dean Young said Trump’s endorsement of the former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice despite sexual harassment and assault allegations has made the election “ground zero” for the president.
“This is President Trump’s agenda, and that’s why it’s so important that Judge Moore wins this race,” Young said on ABC’s This Week. “If they can beat him, they can beat his agenda.”
Moore’s campaign against Democrat Doug Jones in a state that voted overwhelmingly for the president last November dominated the network and cable news shows Sunday. Most of those interviewed, including fellow Republican Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama, stuck by their denunciations of Moore over his alleged involvement with girls as young as 14.
“So many accusations, so many cuts, so many drip, drip, drip,” Shelby said of the allegations against Moore. “When it got to the 14-year-old’s story, that was enough for me.”
Moore sat for a rare interview Sunday with “The Voice of Alabama Politics” reporter Bill Britt and once again denied the women’s stories.
“I did not know any of the women who have charged me with sexual allegations of molestation,” he said. “These allegations are completely false. I did not date underage women. I did not molest anyone.”
Trump gave the 70-year-old insurgent candidate a full-throated endorsement Friday night during a rally across the border in Pensacola, Fla. And Politico reported the president was set to record a robocall for Moore to be used on the eve of the election.
Republicans are deeply divided over the prospect of helping and seating Moore, a controversial figure in state and national politics because of his deeply conservative views on subjects ranging from abortion and Muslims to homosexuality and same-sex marriage.
He was twice elected chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court but was removed both times — first for refusing to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments and later for directing probate judges to enforce the state’s ban on same-sex marriage after it was deemed unconstitutional.
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