Trump defends Roy Moore, criticizes his Democratic opponent

Fox's Gregg Jarrett Moore is not fit to serve in the Senate

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This was in full view today when White House counselor Kellyanne Conway appeared on the normally friendly confines of the very pro-administration program Fox & Friends, which seemed to actually confront the Trump administration over their lack of political leadership in the senate race in Alabama between Judge Roy Moore (and his numerous allegations of sexual misconduct over the past few decades) and the Democratic candidate Doug Jones.

In the November poll, 38 percent of likely voters said they believed the allegations of sexual misconduct against Moore were true, compared to 37 percent who did not.

She said there is "no plan" for Trump to go to Alabama to campaign for Moore before the December 12 election.

Corfman said the encounter with Moore affected her relationships with men.

The president's comments were his most direct to date on the allegations against Moore, which first surfaced two weeks ago.

Mr Moore, who denies the allegation, is now lagging in opinion polls.

But they clashed with condemnation of Moore by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) - among many others in the GOP - as well as adviser to the president Ivanka Trump. The Republican National Committee also ended its joint fundraising agreement with Moore.

"It's not that complicated, Ted Cruz: we're talking about potentially elevating a man who preyed on young girls to the U.S. Senate", stated a recent campaign fundraising email. "The question is can you be tricked, can you be tricked, because all hell is coming to Alabama against Judge Roy Moore".

Is Moore, an alleged child molester, "better than a Democrat?" a reporter asked Trump on Tuesday.

Only 16 percent of white evangelicals said they believed the claims against Moore.

Conway answered that the White House "wants the votes" to pass tax reform, which now faces a close vote in the Senate. The election is to fill the last three years of the Senate seat once held by Jeff Sessions, who resigned from it to join President Donald Trump's Cabinet as attorney general, the country's top law enforcement position.

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones takes questions from reporters at a fish-fry campaign event November 18 in Birmingham, Ala. "I felt guilty. I felt like I was the one to blame".

But Moore shows no signs of stepping aside.

As Republican senator Susan Collins said she hoped voters would "choose not to elect him", The Birmingham News went to press with an editorial saying the election was a "turning point for women in Alabama" and described the allegations as "horrifying, but not shocking".

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump was accused of sexual assault by a number of women after a secret recording revealed him bragging about grabbing women's genitals and kissing them without their consent. "And I do have to say, 40 years is a long time".

- This story was updated at 4:30 p.m.

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