Trump defends Senate candidate Moore despite misconduct allegations

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"We don't need a liberal person in there, a Democrat, Jones", Trump said in his most detailed comments on the embattled GOP hopeful moments before the president boarded Marine One outside the White House.

When pressed later, President Trump added, "Roy Moore denies it, that's all I can say".

Trump signaled his support for Moore by saying he has looked at Democrat Doug Jones' record and, "it's bad on crime, it's awful on the border, it's bad on the military". But he ill-advisedly shifted to the claim that "you don't need somebody who's soft on crime like Jones". "When you're a star, they let you do it", Trump said on the "Access Hollywood" tape.

In a Tuesday news conference, campaign strategist Dean Young and two other longtime associates of the Alabama GOP Senate nominee insisted allegations against Moore are false. That's some law-and-order guy all right.

Trump broke with national Republicans, who have unendorsed Moore and called for him to step aside. An appearance by the president did not work out too well for his original Alabama Senate candidate, Luther Strange.

As for the sexual misconduct allegations, Trump says of Moore, "Well, he denies". If there are any subjects on earth that Donald Trump should walk over hot coals to avoid, it is these. And Trump's appeal to tribalism - any Republican is better than any Democrat exclusively by dint of being a Republican - will further worsen what is already the deepest polarization in Congress and the country in modern American history.

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Several women have come forward and accused Moore of pursuing romantic relationships with them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s, and several others also have accused him of assault. "Judge Moore is going to go help Donald Trump".

Trump said he did not want Jones to win. "I'm very happy a lot of these things are coming out". Speaking on Sunday, Speier said that an investigation into Franken needs to run its course before making any decision on whether he should be expelled.

Trump was answering questions before departing for Florida, where he'll be spending Thanksgiving.

"Women are very special", the president told reporters.

Roy Moore speaks during a campaign event at Walker Springs Road Baptist Church in Jackson, Alabama, on November 14, 2017. "That's all I can say". "There's a special place in hell for people who prey on children".