Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said Monday it was surprising to him how quickly a “lynch mob” formed after allegations of sexual assault surfaced against Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, according to The Hill.
“I am frankly a little disappointed in people in Washington who take the totally phony news of The Washington Post, immediately rush to judgment,” Gingrich said on Sean Hannity's radio program. “I’m not defending him, I’m just saying it’s amazing to me ... how rapidly the lynch mob can form.”
A Washington Post report last week uncovered allegations that Moore initiated a sexual encounter with an underage girl in 1979. Moore was 32 years old, and she was only 14.
Most GOP members have rescinded their support for Moore, some just hours after the allegations were made. Some in the GOP called for Moore's defeated primary challenger Luther Strange to run a write-in campaign.
Gingrich called such an idea “destructive.”
“The burden is on him to convince the rest of us that he is worthy of being a U.S. senator,” Gingrich said.