McConnell calls on Roy Moore to drop out: ‘I believe the women’ (Details)

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On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called for GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore to “step aside.”

During a tax reform press conference in Louisville, Ky., when McConnell was asked if he believed the allegations were true, he replied, “I believe the women.”

He also added, “I think he should step aside.”

Last week, there was a report by the Washington Post about how Moore had sexual encounters with a 14-year-old when he was 32. There were also three other females who say that Moore tried to date them when they were between the ages of 16 and 18.

Since this report, there have been a number of Republicans who have withdrawn their endorsement of Moore and are calling for Moore to drop out of the race.

But even if Moore were to withdraw, Moore’s name would still be on the ballot because the deadline to remove his name has passed.

McConnell added that the GOP is looking into a write-in bid but he would not go into detail on who the candidate would be.

McConnell stated, That’s an option we’re looking at, whether or not there is someone who could mount a write-in successfully.” 

When he was asked if Senator Luther Strange (R-Ala.), Moore’s opponent in the GOP primary, would be the write-in, McConnell simply stated, “We’ll see.”

Moore has vehemently denied these allegations and has threatened to sue the Washington Post for their report.

On Sunday during a campaign speech in Alabama, Moore stated, “The Washington Post published another attack on my character and reputation because they are desperate to stop my political campaign. These attacks said I was with a minor child and are false and untrue — and for which they will be sued.”

Here are some reactions to McConnell’s interview:

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