By Rebecca Stokem, National News Writer
Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore is facing multiple allegations of sexual assault, less than a month before the Alabama special election on December 12, in which he is running. These allegations, originally reported by the Washington Post on Thursday, November 9, come from a handful of women who claim that Moore made inappropriate advances on them when they were teenagers, while Moore himself was in his early thirties. The youngest of the accusers, Leigh Corfman, was just fourteen years old when she claims Mr. Moore, who was a district attorney at the time, spoke with her inappropriately and eventually molested her. The age of consent in Alabama, both then and now, remains unchanged at sixteen. The other women were between 16 and 18 years of age at the times of their encounters with Moore, but say that their experiences never went further than dates and kissing. Gloria Thacker Deason claimed that Moore began taking her on dates when she was eighteen, which included Moore providing her with bottles of wine. The legal drinking age in Alabama at the time was nineteen years.
Mr. Moore remains defiant against these accusations. In a statement on Tuesday, November 14, he asked, “Why do you think I am being harassed by people pushing forth allegations in last thirty days of this election?” He also said that he is the only person who has been able to unite both Democrats and Republicans in the state, because both parties are against him on this issue. His statement seems to be true: while Alabama Republicans are still showing support for Moore, Republicans in Congress have left Moore’s side. McConnell and other GOP members have contemplated a write-in campaign instead of regular ballots, though this strategy could divide the conservative vote and hand the election to the Democratic candidate, Doug Jones. If Moore wins the special election on December 12, members of Congress are planning to oust him from the Senate as soon as possible.
While the GOP in Congress has been vocal about their disapproval of Moore, President Trump has remained mostly silent on the issue. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Thursday the 14th that the President believes these allegations “should be taken seriously,” and that Alabama voters should be allowed to choose themselves whether Mr. Moore will be their next representative or not. The President himself, however, has not made a statement as of yet. His daughter and advisor, Ivanka Trump, has come out vehemently against Mr. Moore, stating to The Associated Press, “There’s a special place in hell for people who prey on children.” She also said, “I’ve yet to see a valid explanation and I have no reason to doubt the victims’ accounts.”
Moore’s wife, on the other hand, has strongly defended her husband. In a statement on Friday, November 17, Kayla Moore reaffirmed her husband’s dedication to the conservative values that voters are counting on in Alabama, though she did not address the sexual accusations directly. Instead, she addressed Jones, saying that the Democrat “is against everything we and Alabama stand for.” The results of the upcoming December statewide election will show what Alabama does stand for, and if Mrs. Moore is correct regarding her statements.
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, November 21st print edition.
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