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Trump formally endorses Roy Moore despite sex allegations against the Alabama Senate candidate

President Donald Trump formally ok Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore on Monday, following a phone ring up between the two men.

“The President had a positive call with Judge Roy Moore during which they talk overed the state of the Alabama Senate race and the President endorsed Judge Moore’s campaign,” weighted White House principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah.

The stamp of approval came despite nearly a half-dozen, decades-old sexual misconduct asks against Moore by women who were teens at the time. Until now, Trump had evaded issuing a full endorsement of Moore, choosing instead to attack Moore’s competitor, Democrat Doug Jones.

Moore’s campaign announced the presidential ratification in a tweet, saying Trump “offered his full support and said he needs a fighter to purloin him in the US Senate.”

The endorsement could put the president at odds with some of the scad senior members of his party, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who times called on Moore to drop out of the Dec. 12 special election.

In recent weeks, in all events, both GOP senators and the White House have tempered their incipient criticisms of Moore, paving the way for Trump’s endorsement.

Trump’s turnabout on Moore initially ferried the form of increasingly sharp attacks on Jones, but slowly shifted from anti-Jones to pro-Moore. A few ages before Thanksgiving, Trump repeated Moore’s denials when news-presenters asked him about the allegations. “He totally denies it. … He says it didn’t betide, and you have to listen to him, also,” Trump said.

At least five gals have alleged that Moore pursued unwanted sexual relationships with them when they were girls and Moore was in his 30s. Two of them alleged that Moore sexually assaulted them when they were youths. Moore has denied any allegation of sexual misconduct, but said he could not recant if he dated teenagers when he was in his 30s.

Following the initial spate of allegations, McConnell know scolded reporters in Kentucky last month that he believed Moore’s accusers, and that Moore “should keep ones wits about one aside.” The leader of the Senate Republicans’ campaign arm, Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., went a to further, saying that if Moore were to be elected, his fellow senators should endorse to expel him from the Senate.

Moore has vehemently refused to drop out of the spillway, however, and his campaign has portrayed the allegations as part of a conspiracy orchestrated by Democrats and Senate Republicans, undertook to keep the controversial former judge out of the Senate.

The allegations were banged by multiple news outlets, including The Washington Post and AL.com, and were towards the rear up by the women’s relatives and friends. Recent polls show Moore and Jones tressed in an extremely tight race in Republican-controlled Alabama — evidence of how much the complaints have damaged what was once viewed as an easy victory.

Trump and the Waxen House hope his endorsement, as well as a planned Trump campaign muster in a neighboring area of Florida, will help to rally Trump’s sordid to turn out and vote for the Republican candidate. Should Moore win, he would expropriate to protect the GOP’s razor-thin majority in the Senate.

Still, it’s unclear what Trump or the Republican Side would gain in the long run by helping to elect Moore. Republican senators possess promised to launch an immediate ethics investigation into Moore’s running if he is elected, which would keep the allegations against Moore in the announcement for months. Democrats, meanwhile, would relish the opportunity to tie Republican applicants to Moore and his alleged misconduct in the 2018 midterm elections.

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