Se­nate hope­ful ‘must quit if sex claims true’

The Daily Telegraph - - World news - By Ben Ri­ley-smith

DON­ALD TRUMP has called on a Repub­li­can Se­nate can­di­date to quit if al­le­ga­tions he had sex­ual en­coun­ters with teenage girls are true.

The pres­i­dent’s spokesman said that while Roy Moore, the party’s fire­brand can­di­date to be Alabama se­na­tor, should not be “de­stroyed” by old al­le­ga­tions, he should go if they are cor­rect. The com­ment added to a wave of con­dem­na­tion from se­nior Repub­li­cans af­ter four women told The

Wash­ing­ton Post that Mr Moore pur­sued them sex­u­ally in the Seven­ties and Eight­ies when they were be­tween the ages of 14 and 18.

Mr Moore, now 70, re­fused to step down, deny­ing the claims and blam­ing the “Obama-clin­ton Ma­chine’s lib­eral me­dia lap­dogs”.

One sup­porter of the for­mer state judge and Chris­tian evan­gel­i­cal dis­missed the al­le­ga­tions by say­ing that Mary, the mother of Je­sus, was only a teenager when she met Joseph.

Jim Ziegler, the Alabama state au­di­tor, told the Wash­ing­ton Ex­am­iner: “Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult car­pen­ter. They be­came par­ents of

Je­sus.”

The con­tro­versy plunged Repub­li­can plans for hold­ing the safe seat into chaos a month be­fore polling day.

Sarah San­ders, the White House spokesman, said: “The pres­i­dent be­lieves that if these al­le­ga­tions are true, Judge Moore will do the right thing and step down.”

Roy Moore, left, de­nied claims by four women that he had pur­sued them sex­u­ally

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