Moore says al­le­ga­tions meant to de­rail Se­nate bid

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday) - - WASHINGTON REPORT - By Jeff Amy and Kim Chan­dler

VES­TAVIA HILLS, Ala. — A de­fi­ant Roy Moore on Satur­day said the al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct decades ago were false and vot­ers in Alabama would “see through this cha­rade.”

The Repub­li­can Se­nate can­di­date showed no signs of back­ing down de­spite the de­mand of some Wash­ing­ton Repub­li­cans for him to step aside.

Moore made his first pub­lic ap­pear­ance on Satur­day since The Wash­ing­ton Post on Thurs­day pub­lished in­ter­views with four women who said Moore had tried to have sex­ual or ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ships with them decades ago when they were teenagers and Moore was in his 30s and an es­tab­lished at­tor­ney.

Na­tional Repub­li­can lead­ers, in­clud­ing Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell, called for Moore to drop out of the race if the al­le­ga­tions are true. Trump, who is in Asia and said he was too busy to keep up with the news about Moore, re­ferred to a prior state­ment given to re­porters that said Trump be­lieves Moore will “do the right thing” if the al­le­ga­tions are true.

“I’m re­ally up­set at my own party for con­demn­ing him so quickly,” said Tom Byars, who came to hear Moore speak Satur­day at the Mid-Alabama Repub­li­can Club at a li­brary in Ves­tavia Hills, Alabama.

Moore’s speech Satur­day in Ves­tavia Hills was his first pub­lic ap­pear­ance since the re­port, but he had de­nied the story Fri­day to TV host Sean Han­nity. Moore used the oc­ca­sion to ac­cuse the Post of en­gag­ing in a “des­per­ate at­tempt to stop my po­lit­i­cal cam­paign for United States Se­nate.”

The GOP au­di­ence, which in­cluded state Supreme Court Jus­tice Glenn Mur­dock and mem­bers of Alabama’s Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee, gave Moore a stand­ing ova­tion when he fin­ished speak­ing.

Moore de­nied claims in the story that he had pro­vided beer and wine to women too young to buy it them­selves, or that he had had sex­ual con­tact with a 14-year-old girl.

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