Roy Moore doubled down on his denials of sexual misconduct at an Alabama rally Monday night—and received a standing ovation from a crowd of around 200 people. The Senate candidate, making his first public appearance since Nov. 16, likened the accusations against him to the Russia investigation and said he is being targeted because he wants to take morality to Washington, AL.com reports. "These allegations are completely false. They are malicious," said Moore, whose Democratic opponent, Doug Jones, has been running ads with pictures of the women who accuse Moore of misconduct. "I do not know any of these women nor have I ever engaged in sexual misconduct with anyone," Moore said.
Moore, who has refused to debate Jones, attacked the Democrat for supporting transgender rights, CNN reports. "I know how to strengthen the military, and it isn't by putting transgender troops and opposing President Trump's ban on transgender troops in the military," he said. Moore concluded the speech by describing his campaign as a "spiritual battle" and declined to take questions afterward. Trump has attacked Jones as a "Schumer/Pelosi puppet," though he hasn't campaigned for Moore and the White House said Monday that he is too busy to "do anything between now and Election Day," which is Dec. 12, for the Republican, the AP reports. (A retired Marine entered the race as an independent Monday.)