Less than a week after that, Trump was tweeting about Doug Jones, Moore's opponent, implying that having Doug Jones in a Senate seat would be worse than a child molester. The legal age of consent in Alabama is 16. His campaign has argued the accusations, which center on alleged sexual advances toward teenaged girls, are politically motivated. Moore vehemently denies the allegations.
Thankful for President Trump's support.
Later this week, Trump heads to Pensacola, Florida, on the Alabama border for a rally. Late last month, he all but endorsed Moore. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who urged Moore in early November to "step aside" from the race "if these allegations are true", struck a softer tone last week on Fox News' "The Ingraham Angle" and Sunday during an interview on ABC News' "This Week". He did note, however, that Moore has "totally" denied the allegations against him.
Trump's tweets didn't amount to an official endorsement but still marked his clearest and strongest remarks yet in support of Moore, whose campaign has been rocked in recent weeks by repeated allegations that he, years ago, engaged in sexual misconduct with women, some as young as 14. He says it didn't happen.
One of the women, Leigh Corfman, now 53, said that 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.
"Putting all of that together", Short continued, "(Trump) is encouraging the people of Alabama to make the right decision and also acknowledging that there was not a single Democrat in the United States Senate who supported massive tax relief for the American people, and that would put (Democratic candidate) Doug Jones in a very hard position".
Electing Jones, Trump said, "would hurt our great Republican Agenda of low on taxes, tough on crime, strong on military and borders.& so much more". "And you know, you have to listen to him also", Trump said in response to shouted questions from reporters about the nine women who have made claims against Moore. "Putting all that together, he's encouraging the people of Alabama to make the right decision".