Shortly after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore to “step aside” amid sexual misconduct allegations, Moore responded by saying the Kentucky senator “failed conservatives and must be replaced.”
“The person who should step aside is @SenateMajLdr Mitch McConnell,” Moore tweeted on Monday.
— Judge Roy Moore (@MooreSenate) November 13, 2017
Earlier in the day, McConnell told reporters, “I believe the women,” when asked about the bombshell allegations first reported by The Washington Post, which allege that Moore pursued relationships with teenagers while in his 30s and engaged in sexual acts with a minor over 30 years ago.
The Senate's top Republican added that “he should step aside” amid the allegations.
Moore, however, has denied most of the allegations and has vowed to sue the Post for publishing the allegations. “These attacks said I was with a minor child and are false and untrue — and for which they will be sued,” he said over the weekend, per CNN.
While other top Republicans, including Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), continue to call for Moore to step aside, the GOP appears to be stuck with him on the ticket since Alabama law dictates a candidate can’t be removed from a ballot within 76 days of an election.
McConnell said Republicans are looking into the possibility of utilizing a write-in option.