President Donald Trump threw his support behind Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who is facing sexual harassment allegations and pushback from the Republican establishment as he seeks to overcome Democratic challenger Doug Jones.
Trump framed his endorsement of Moore â€“ a controversial figure on both sides of the aisle, to say the least â€“ as a partisan issue: â€śWe donâ€™t need a liberal Democrat in that seat.â€ť
He went on to blast Jonesâ€™s record on certain core issues, claiming that the former United States Attorneyâ€™s values directly contradict those that many voters held up during the 2016 election.
â€śIâ€™ve looked at his record,â€ť Trump said. â€śItâ€™s terrible on crime. Itâ€™s terrible on the border. Itâ€™s terrible on the military. I can tell you for a fact, we do not need somebody thatâ€™s going to be bad on crime, bad on borders, bad with the military, bad for the Second Amendment.â€ť
Trump, who was headed with his family to spend Thanksgiving at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida at the time of the remarks, also addressed the allegations swirling around Moore regarding sexual misconduct with young girls.
â€śHe totally denies it. He says it didnâ€™t happen,â€ť Trump said, noting the age of the accusations. â€śForty years is a long time. Heâ€™s run eight races, and this has never come up.â€ť
Trump told reporters that he has not decided whether he will travel to Alabama to campaign on Mooreâ€™s behalf but would alert the media as to his decision next week. He also signaled support for the various accusers that have come forward with allegations of sexual harassment at the hands of powerful men.
â€śWomen are very special,â€ť he said. â€śI think itâ€™s a very special time, a lot of things are coming out and I think thatâ€™s good for our society and I think itâ€™s very, very good for women, and Iâ€™m very happy these things are coming out.â€ť