Senate candidate claims allegations he molested two women in the 1970 s are a calculated great efforts to derail his political career
Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore complained on Tuesday that he is being “harassed” by the media over sexual misconduct allegations involving teenagers.
Addressing the faithful at a Baptist church revival in south-west Alabama, Moore insisted that the claims are a calculated great efforts to derail his political career.
” Why do you think they're giving me this difficulty ?” he demanded.” Why do you think I'm being harassed in the media and people pushing forth accusations in the last 28 days of this election, the last 30 days it began?
” After 40 -something years fighting this battle, I'm now facing accusations, and that's all the press want to talk about. But I want to talk about the questions. I want to talk about where this country's going and, if we don't come back to God, we're not going anywhere .”
Two females have claimed that Moore molested them in the 1970 s, when one was 14 and another 16 and he was a local district attorney in his 30 s. Three others said he sought romantic relationships with them around the same day. The Republican party formally cut ties with Moore earlier on Tuesday.
Wearing a dark suit, white shirt and red tie with white stripes, Moore spoke for half an hour to a supportive collect of about 400 people in a gym at the Walker Springs Road Baptist Church in Jackson, Alabama. Staff there said the church had received threatening phone calls but there were no incidents.
Pastor David Webb said ” allegations” is exactly what they are.” All I can see is a man who for years has stood for right ,” he told the audience.” Thank God for a man who stood for truth .”
A five-minute video was projected on to a back wall, telling Moore's life story,” from humble beginnings to humble servant “. It referenced his serving in the Vietnam war, analyse of statute and a spell as a kickboxer before he married in 1985 and eventually became a circuit tribunal judge.
After being greeted by a standing ovation, Moore, running against Democrat Doug Jones on 12 December, prompted some laughter by remarking:” Plainly I've made a few people mad. I'm the only one that can unite Democrats and Republicans because I seem to be opposed by both. They've spent over $30 m trying to take me out. They've done everything they could and now they're together “ve been trying to” maintain me from going to Washington .”
He sought to set the allegations in the context of a” spiritual battle” in American politics, warning that religion was disappearing from daily life. He described his mission as bringing” the truth about God to our capital” and argued that” without God, we will remain a divided society “.
Referencing Martin Luther King, Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, he added:” We cannot have a country, we cannot save our country, until we acknowledge the sovereignty of God … We've got to go back to an understanding of the relevance of God .”
Moore, twice removed as chief justice of the Alabama supreme court for defying court orders, ended by reciting by heart Lincoln's Gettysburg address.
Congregants appeared to be squarely behind the controversial nominee, who is seeking to fill the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions , now attorney general. William Wright, 49, a former millwright, said:” When I looked into Roy Moore's eyes, I find truth .”
The Republican National Committee has pulled out of a joint fundraising arrangements with Moore, according to a filing with the Federal Election Commission.
Richard Chestang, 54, a retired construction worker, said of the allegations:” Fake news because of the timing. If they're going to say these things, why didn't they come forward 40 years ago? I believe he's a good Christian man .”
But Moore does appear to be losing another crucial advocate. At the end of his reveal on Fox News on Tuesday, Sean Hannity criticised Moore and said:” For me, the magistrate has 24 hours. You must immediately and fully come up with a satisfactory rationale for your incompatibilities … You must remove any doubt. If you can't do this, then Judge Moore needs to get out of this race .”
The New York Times columnist Frank Bruni told CNN:” When you've lost Sean Hannity, it's pretty close to the end of the road .”