Trump doubles down on support for alleged child sex predator Roy Moore

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He shot way up in the polls but it wasn't enough.

Multiple women have accused Moore of sexual misconduct, alleging that he either groped them, molested them, or pursued relationships with them when they were in their teens and he was in his 30s.

Thune said, however, if Moore wins his race "there's going to immediately be an ethics investigation which is going to be a cloud that he'll be operating in".

He was referring to Democrat Doug Jones, who is running against Moore to fill the Senate seat left open when Trump named Jeff Sessions attorney general. Trump contends Democrat Doug Jones - a former prosecutor - is "WEAK" on crime and border security, and "BAD" for the military, veterans, gun rights. One woman, Leigh Corfman, told the Washington Post in a November 9 article that Moore attempted to initiate sexual contact with her when she was 14. Another woman has accused Moore of sexually assaulting her when she was 16.

Although Trump hasn't flat out endorsed Moore, this is not the first time he has effectively done so by harshly criticizing his opponent.

Last week, when Trump was asked about the torrent of accusations of sexual impropriety facing Moore, he said flatly: "Roy Moore denies it".

The Times cites three staff members confirmed hearing the comments, with Trump asking "Do you believe this?" to several aides in the Oval Office.

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Jones used Ivanka's remarks for a campaign ad.

The ad continued: "Will we make their abuser a United States senator?"

In response to Alabama senatorial candidate Roy Moore's defense of alleged child molestation and predatory behavior, I would point to Occam's razor, a philosophical principle that asserts that when there are conflicting explanations for an event, the simpler one is often correct.

The move comes as allegations of sexual misconduct against the Alabama Republican continue to roil his campaign.

Trump's defense of Moore, and his continued de facto endorsements, reportedly "blindsided" Republicans in Congress, who have denounced their party's nominee, and said Moore could be expelled from the Senate if the people of Alabama elect him.

If Moore wins the December 12 special election, for the old seat of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said that the Ethics Committee will investigate the allegations and the Alabamian could face an expulsion vote.

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