Republican leaders on Thursday called for GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore to drop out of the race if there's any shred of truth to the sexual assault allegations levied against him in a new Washington Post report.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was one of the first GOPers to speak out following the accusations, saying: “If these allegations are true, he must step aside.”
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) echoed the majority leaders comments tweeting, “If there is any shred of truth to the allegations against Roy Moore, he should step aside immediately.”
If there is any shred of truth to the allegations against Roy Moore, he should step aside immediately.
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) November 9, 2017
“The allegations against Roy Moore are deeply disturbing and disqualifying,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said in a statement also calling for Moore to “immediately step aside,” without using the “if true” caveat.
“Allow the people of Alabama to elect a candidate they can be proud of,” he added.
— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) November 9, 2017
According to the Post, other Republicans calling out Moore include “David Perdue of Georgia, John Thune of South Dakota, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Cory Gardner of Colorado, Richard C. Shelby of Alabama, and Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania.”
In the bombshell story on Thursday, an Alabama woman alleges Moore, who was 32 at the time, pursued a sexual relationship with her when she was 14 years old.
And she claims that during one encounter he “touched her over her bra and underpants” and “guided her hand to touch him over his underwear.”