- Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock compared GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore to several accused sexual predators after allegations surfaced about misconduct with teenagers.
- Moore has vehemently denied any truth to the claims that he made unwanted sexual advances.
Rep. Barbara Comstock, a Virginia Republican, compared GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore to accused sexual predators Harvey Weinstein and Roger Ailes, as well as former Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner, who is currently in prison for sexting a minor.
In a statement Friday afternoon, Comstock addressed The Washington Post report detailing various cases of sexual misconduct by Moore, including an instance in which he allegedly made advances on a 14-year-old girl in 1979 when Moore was a 32-year-old man.
“Harvey Weinstein, Anthony Weiner, Roger Ailes, Roy Moore… No MOORE of this… 4 women have come forward with detailed stories about Roy Moore,” Comstock said in a statement. “Their stories are confirmed through numerous sources who knew the actions at the time or well before now.”
Comstock also said that the allegations, all of which are on the record and backed up by 30 witness and accounts, were more credible than Moore’s denial.
“I believed the stories from the victims of Harvey Weinstein, Roger Ailes and others because they were substantiated and consistent with the stories of how sexual predators operate,” Comstock added.
“To date Roy Moore has not provided any credible explanation or response to the detail allegations, particularly the allegations by a woman who was at the time a 14 year old girl and Roy Moore was a 32 year-old assistant district attorney. The defence from some of his supporters is beyond disturbing. Today, the National Review Editorial board also set out the case against Roy Moore and why he should drop out. Roy Moore should not serve in the US Senate.”
And Comstock is not the only Republican to outright call for him to step down. Sen. John McCain, former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, and others have demanded that Moore vacate the race.
Moore’s campaign has vehemently denied the allegations, saying in a statement Thursday, “This garbage is the very definition of fake news and intentional defamation.”
On Friday, the National Republican Senatorial Committee severed its ties to Moore’s joint fundraising agreement, while the Republican National Committee and Alabama GOP are still on board.
Moore is running for a US Senate seat in Alabama in a special election that is to take place in December.
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