Trump on Moore: 'We Don't Need a Liberal' in That Seat
President emphasizes that the Senate candidate has 'totally denied' allegations
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 21, 2017 3:21 PM CST
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President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before leaving the White House Tuesday, Nov. 21.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – President Trump didn't explicitly endorse the embattled Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race on Tuesday, but he seemed to come pretty close. Trump told reporters that Moore has "totally" denied allegations of sexual misconduct, and the president pointed out that the alleged incidents took place decades ago anyway, reports Politico. "We don't need a liberal person in there, a Democrat," Trump added of the race, referring to Democrat Doug Jones. The White House previously has said that Moore should drop from the race if the allegations were true, but Axios sees a big shift in Trump's statements Tuesday: He "all but told Alabamians they should vote for Moore."

Trump did not say whether he would be campaigning for Moore, but he emphasized the candidate's repeated denials. "Roy Moore denies it," he said, per CNN. "And by the way, it is a total denial. And I do have to say 40 years is a long time. He's run eight races and this has never come up." Trump also addressed the current atmosphere of sexual allegations coming to light across the country. "Women are very special," he said. "I think it's a very special time, a lot of things are coming out and I think that's good for our society and I think it's very very good for women."

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