Moore campaign chairman Bill Armistead said in a statement that "this garbage is the very definition of fake news and intentional defamation". One woman said she was just 14 at the time. Moore denied that request, and eventually issued a temporary ruling that gave Borden's estranged husband full custody, ordering Borden to pay $126 a week in child support. "I think it is a typical Democratic - Democrat - ploy to discredit Judge Moore, a sincere, honest, trustworthy individual".
Alabama state official defends GOP senate candidate Roy Moore's sexual abuse of teen girls by citing the Bible.
The story quotes two other women who said Moore took them on dates when they were 16 and 17, and a third who said Moore bought her wine when she was 18, below the legal drinking age in the state at the time. Considered an anti-establishment conservative, Moore will face Democrat Doug Jones in a special Senate election December 12 to replace Jeff Sessions, who is now U.S. attorney general.
According to the Post, Leigh Corfman, now 53, said when she was 14 Moore took her into his house in the woods near Gadsden, Alabama, removed her shirt and trousers, and fondled her over her bra and underpants.
Senator Lisa Murkowski, Republican of Alaska who ran her own successful write-in campaign in 2010, said, "If in fact what I just read is true, he needs to get out of this race immediately".
"Take Joseph and Mary. They became parents of Jesus", Zeigler told the conservative news outlet. Ziegler concluded:There's just nothing immoral or illegal here.
Moore has faced calls from several Republican senators to withdraw his candidacy for Senate if the story is true.
How that happens remained unclear.
Pursuant to Alabama law, "a nomination for a candidate in a primary or general election shall be finalized by the respective state executive committees not later than 76 days before the primary or general election".
It detailed how Gloria Thacker Deason was 18 in 1979 when she and 32-year-old Moore began going on dates where they hugged and kissed, she told the Post.
The Huffington Post reports that even if Moore withdraws, he can not be easily replaced on the ballot, perhaps ensuring that the seat will fall to the Democratic challenger Doug Jones in the December 12 election.
McConnell and other top Senate Republicans have said Thursday that Moore should step down if the sexual allegations prove to be true, in response to a bombshell report from The Washington Post.
Sorry to politicize a truly terrible action, but hey, if it gets Roy Moore-who, according to The Root's politics editor, Jason Johnson, is a Breitbart-approved, "virulently bigoted, white-supremacist-sympathizing, Jeff Sessions-patterned candidate"-so the better".