“I am honored to receive the support and endorsement of President Donald Trump” said Republican senate nominee Roy Moore in a statement on Monday. The endorsement from Mr. Trump comes after weeks of the candidate losing backing from multiple Washington politicians after a number of women publicly accused him of sexual assault, some of which alleged they were under the age of 18 at the time of the crime.
President Trump took to Twitter on Monday morning, citing that a victory for Mr. Moore over his democratic rival, Doug Jones, is crucial to continue moving in the right direction on some of the Presidents most key policies that he promised to focus on during his campaign. President Trump has seemed to make it clear that a Republican win in Alabama for the race to replace Attorney General Jeff Session is more important than justice for the women who had their rights violated.
Mr. Trump has been one of the sole supporters of Mr. Moore since the allegations of sexual harassment surfaced, reasoning that Mr. Moore had denied the allegations and his voice should be heard too. The Presidents stance on the allegations differs from other top Republicans such as Mitch McConnell and Jeff Sessions, who both stated they have no reason to doubt the women who have spoke out against him.
Although President Trump has now endorsed Roy Moore, he has not always been his biggest fan. In the primary elections last September, Mr. Trump endorsed his opposing candidate, Luther Strange, who was ultimately defeated in the race to win the Republican nomination. Mr. Trump has only recently shown his support for the troubled candidate as a last ditch effort to secure his nomination on December 12th.
Sexual assault claims have been appearing in Hollywood news over the past several months after the New York Times released an investigation into multiple allegations and pay offs related to the Hollywood elitist, Harvey Weinstein. Celebrities such as Ashley Judd, Angelina Jolie, and Gwyneth Paltrow have spoken out against the actor and have invoked the courage of other females in the industry to speak of their own experiences. Other male actors such as Louis C.K, Kevin Spacey, Matt Lauer, and Charlie Rose have also been named in recent allegations, pulling support from their past and upcoming work while focusing on their misconduct. Roy Moore was the first political candidate to be affiliated with the outbursts of sexual assault claims that have made headlines in 2017, which was followed by Al Franken and John Conyers.