On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters that he not only believed Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore’s accusers but thought Moore should step aside:
— Nick Storm (@NStorm_Politics) November 13, 2017
McConnell added that he considered pushing a write-in candidate to replace Moore in Alabama’s senate race, according to CNN.
McConnell, who supported Moore’s opponent during Alabama’s primary, is the highest-ranking Republican to back Moore’s accusers who alleged he pursued sexual relationships with them while they were teenagers. Similarly to President Donald Trump, McConnell initially said Moore should step aside if the allegations against him were true.
But others, like Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), said the mere allegations disqualified Moore from seeking office:
— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) November 9, 2017
Moore vehemently denied the accusations, describing them as part of a plot to ruin his chances of serving in the Senate and threatening to sue The Washington 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 during a campaign event on Sunday night.
Watch the report on McConnell’s comments below, via CNN.