Sunday, November 12, 2017

Trump says Alabama's GOP Senate hopeful Roy Moore will 'do the right thing and step aside' if allegations of sexual contact with minors are true

By Washington Post, Nov. 10, 2017

As expected, President Trump responded this morning to the explosive allegations that Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, then 32, initiated sexual conduct with a 14-year-old girl and tried to do the same with three other teens. Let’s be clear about his position: The president did not call on Moore to step aside as a candidate.

A White House spokeswoman said Trump “does not believe we can allow a mere allegation” from “many years ago” to “destroy a person’s life,” adding that it would be the “right thing” to “step aside,” but only “if these allegations are true.” Trump and multiple other Republicans who used the same he-should-step-down-if-true language are getting coverage that depicts them as shocked and appalled by the prospect of this being true, even as they essentially (and conveniently) leave it up to Moore to either make it true by stepping down, or render it undetermined — a “mere allegation” — by remaining.
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