The Greater Birmingham Young Republicans voted Thursday to pull its endorsement of Roy Moore and censure the U.S. Senate candidate at its monthly meeting, saying it believes in the concept of innocent until proven guilty but not "electability until proven guilty".
Ivey did not say that Moore's accusers are lying, however.
"All of the very same people who are attacking President Trump", she noted.
"I think the President has certainly a lot more insight into what he personally did or didn't do", Sanders said.
And speaking of political power, Alabama's Republican Gov. Kay Ivey reiterated today that she intends to set aside her misgivings and vote for Moore in next month's election to help maintain Republican control of the Senate in Washington.
Moore, a hardline Christian conservative, has vehemently denied most of the allegations against him, and has resisted calls from a growing number of Republicans in Washington to withdraw from Alabama's special Senate election. Numerous Republican senators have called on Moore to drop out of the race against Democrat Doug Jones, but the White House wouldn't go that far. That could threaten the Republicans' slim majority in the Senate.
Dozens of progressive Alabama pastors have signed onto a letter calling GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore unfit for office, accusing him of preaching "extremist values" and lumping him in with politicians who have "cynically used Christianity for their own goals".
Long a divisive figure in his home state, Moore was twice elected chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court and twice removed from those duties because of stands against gay marriage and for the display of the Ten Commandments in a public building. Earlier on Thursday, the steering committee sent out a statement affirming its support of Moore, adding that Moore's fate should be decided by voters and not "the media or those from afar". When he was asked two questions about his response to the allegations of sexual misconduct, he quickly hustled out the room.
"My hope is that the Moore debacle will not only be a wake-up call for evangelicals, but also for Republicans, who should stand back and say, 'Wow, look at the kind of person we nearly elected to our ranks", James said. Support from women was helping to give Jones the edge with 68 percent for Jones compared to 32 percent for Moore. "I think Jesus does too".