- Republican Rep. Scott Taylor of Virginia on Wednesday said he didn’t “feel comfortable” with Roy Moore’s response to allegations of sexual misconduct against him.
- “The 14-year-old girl that was there, I can tell you right now if it was my daughter, I’d break his face, I’d break his fingers, and I’d probably do a lot worse,” Taylor said.
- Moore, the Republican nominee for a US Senate seat in Alabama, has denied the allegations.
Republican Rep. Scott Taylor of Virginia said he didn’t “feel comfortable” with the response from Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for a US Senate seat in Alabama, to a string of sexual-misconduct allegations against him, including that he initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl in 1979, when he was 32.
Speaking to CNN’s John Berman on Wednesday, Taylor, a former US Navy SEAL, expressed scepticism about Moore’s denials of the allegations.
“All I know is what I’ve seen,” Taylor said. “I saw the man give his interview. Me personally, I don’t think it was sufficient enough.”
Taylor continued: “The 14-year-old girl that was there, I can tell you right now if it was my daughter, I’d break his face, I’d break his fingers, and I’d probably do a lot worse.”
Since a November 9 Washington Post report detailed allegations that Moore pursued relationships with teenage girls when he was in his 30s and working in a district attorney’s office, several other women have come forward with similar stories.
Moore’s campaign has floated theories that the accusers may have been politically motivated. Moore has also said he doesn’t remember dating any young women without their mothers’ permission.
“If you are a liberal and hate Judge Moore, apparently he groped you,” the campaign said in a statement to The Post last week. “If you are a conservative and love Judge Moore, you know these allegations are a political farce.”
President Donald Trump on Tuesday hinted that he supported Moore when he told reporters, “We don’t need a liberal person … a Democrat” in that seat.
“He totally denies it,” Trump added.
Trump had endorsed Sen. Luther Strange during the Republican Senate primary in Alabama, leaving many lawmakers wondering whether he would support Moore now.
“I think that the president has probably looked at raw politics, and the alternative, of course, would jeopardize his agenda in a very close Senate,” Taylor said on Wednesday. “The people can have their feelings about that, whether he should do it or not… but I certainly don’t feel comfortable with [Moore’s] explanation and everything that happened.
“I think you have to listen to the women,” Taylor continued. “Clearly, this isn’t an isolated case now.”
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