'We don't need a liberal:' Trump discounts Moore accusations

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U.S. President Donald Trump defended embattled U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore on Tuesday, saying the Alabama Republican had denied allegations of sexual misconduct and emphasizing that he did not want Moore's Democratic opponent to win. "I can tell you, we do not need somebody that's going to be bad on crime, bad on borders, bad with the military, bad with the Second Amendment".

Before the allegations came to light, Moore was heavily favoured to defeat Democrat Doug Jones, a former federal prosecutor, in the special election on December 12.

The White House earlier said that the president believed that "the people of Alabama should make the decision on who their senator should be", but added that "if the allegations are true", Trump felt Moore should step aside.

"Roy Moore denies it, that's all I can say", Trump said.

President Trump on Tuesday said it was a good thing that so many women are coming forward to talk about the sexual harassment and assault they've suffered at the hands of powerful men.

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The White House had previously said that Trump thought the allegations against Moore were "extremely troubling". "He says it didn't happen and you have to listen to him, also". "The women are Trump voters". Mr. Trump also suggested he'd soon reveal whether he'll campaign for Moore. And I think it's very, very good for women.

"Women are very special... And you know, we were advised that, you know, he was being suspended from the mall because he would hang around the young girls that worked in the stores", the retired cop said. "And I'm very happy it's being exposed".

Several allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced during the 2016 presidential campaign against Trump, who has denied them.

Sessions said he had no reason to doubt Moore's accusers.