WASHINGTON — Alabama Republican Senate Candidate Roy Moore is not backing down despite mounting calls on capitol hill for him to drop out of the race.
Today, a fifth woman came forward accusing the 70-year-old of sexual misconduct when she was a minor.
We must warn you, some of the allegations are quite graphic.
“This is absolutely false,” Moore said.
A defiant Roy Moore held an impromptu press conference in Alabama Monday evening addressing the latest claim of sexual misconduct against him.
“I never did what she said I did,” he said. “I don’t even know the woman.”
Earlier in the day Beverly Young Nelson described how the Alabama Senate candidate allegedly assaulted her, decades ago, when she was just 16-years-old.
“Mr. Moore reached over and began groping me and putting his hands on my breasts,” Nelson said.
Nelson said the attack occurred after the then-district attorney offered to drive her home from the restaurant where she worked.
She said the regular customer even left this note behind in her high school yearbook, calling her a “sweet,” “beautiful” girl.
“This is a political maneuver,” Moore said. “This has nothing to do with reality.”
Moore has called all of the allegations against him a “witch hunt,” but even more Republicans are now calling on him to step aside.
“He should not be United States Senator,” said Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona.
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn who pulled his endorsement for Moore Monday addressed whether the Senate should vote to expel him if he wins.
“I think that’s way down the road,” Cornyn said. “We’ll wait and see what happens.”
Even before the latest accuser came forward Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he had heard enough.
“I believe the women, yes,” McConnell said.
Senator McConnell said the party is exploring whether another Republican could mount a successful write-in campaign should Moore stay in December race.
Late today Texas Senator Ted Cruz also pulled his endorsement for Moore, saying he could not urge the people of Alabama to support the campaign in the face of the charges.