President Donald Trump is now actively campaigning for Roy Moore, the U.S. Senate candidate from Alabama who stands accused of multiple instances of sexual misconduct, some involving teenagers.
Politico reports that first daughter Ivanka Trump’s public criticism of Moore is one of the factors that pushed the president toward going all in.
The publication also notes the bevy of White House aides and advisers, as well as the initial Moore opposition voiced by key Republicans, further fueled Trump’s decision to give the candidate his full support.
While anti-Moore sentiments from many White House staffers and GOP politicians have ranged from nonexistent to irresolute, Ivanka Trump’s rebuke of the candidate was quite forceful.
“There’s a special place in hell for people who prey on children,” she told the Associated Press. “I’ve yet to see a valid explanation and I have no reason to doubt the victims’ accounts.”
President Trump has, according to Politico, privately questioned the veracity of Moore’s accusers, questioning why they waited until now to come forward.
In public, Trump has made his push for the candidate one largely based on simple Senate math and a need for Republicans’ to preserve their slim majority.
He used that reasoning in a December 8 push for Moore.
“LAST thing the Make America Great Again Agenda needs is a Liberal Democrat in Senate where we have so little margin for victory already,” the president tweeted. “The Pelosi/Schumer Puppet Jones would vote against us 100% of the time. He’s bad on Crime, Life, Border, Vets, Guns & Military. VOTE ROY MOORE!”
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