Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters that he believes the allegations of sexual misconduct made against Senate candidate Roy Moore are true and that he believed Moore should exit the race. Moore came under fire after a report claimed he pursued relationships with teenage girls during his 30s, including one who was just 14 years old at the time.
As reported by CNN, while speaking with reporters in his home state of Kentucky, McConnell said, “I believe the women, yes,” when discussing the allegations levied against Moore.
Information about Moore’s alleged misconduct originally surfaced in a report by The Washington Post, including those made by Leigh Corfman, who was 14 when she met him.
Moore has adamantly denied the accusations. On Sunday, he threatened to sue The Washington Post over the report during a speech in Huntsville, Alabama, claiming they “published another attack on my character and reputation because they are desperate to stop my political campaign.”
He continued, “These attacks said I was with a minor child and are false and untrue – and for which they will be sued.”
Moore is already a controversial figure, and the allegations of sexual misconduct led some Republicans to immediately distance themselves from the former judge.
Arizona Sen. John McCain immediately called for Moore to drop out of the Alabama Senate race after the report by The Washington Post, saying in a post on Twitter, “The allegations against Roy Moore are deeply disturbing and disqualifying. He should immediately step aside and allow the people of Alabama to elect a candidate they can be proud of.”
Others, like McConnell, have said Moore should step aside if the allegations are true.
McConnell’s last statement takes his original position a step further, confirming he believes the accusations are real and that Moore should exit the race.
McConnell also stated that the Republican party was examining whether a write-in option for the Senate race in Alabama could be successful.
Documents filed on Friday with the Federal Elections Commission indicate the National Republican Senatorial Committee, a main campaign arm for the party, has officially cut fundraising ties with Moore.