President Donald Trump inched closer on Tuesday to endorsing Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, saying as he left the White House for Thanksgiving that his Democratic opponent shouldn’t be elected.
‘We don’t need a liberal person in there, a Democrat,’ Trump told DailyMail.com and a host of other reporters gathered on the Lawn for his departure.
The president lit into Moore’s opponent, Democrat Doug Jones.
‘Jones – I’ve looked at his record, it’s terrible on crime, he’s terrible on the border, he’s it’s on the military. I can tell you for a fact we do not need somebody that’s going to be bad on crime, bad on borders, bad with the military, bad for the Second Amendment,’ Trump said.
Asked about the torrent of accusations of sexual impropriety facing Moore in Alabama, some of which date back decades, Trump said flatly: ‘Roy Moore denies it … And by the way, he totally denies it.’
‘You have to listen to the whole story. He said, 40 years ago this did not happen,’ said Trump of one accusation, that he molested a 14-year-old girl at his home.
And in speaking of Moore’s female accusers, Trump insisted that the women ‘are Trump voters. Most of them are Trump voters.’
The president also told DailyMail.com amid a scrum of cameras that he isn’t ready to announce whether he’ll campaign for Moore as the December 12 special election looms.
‘I will be letting you know next week. But I can tell you we don’t need somebody who’s soft on crime like Jones,’ Trump said.
Trump, who has faced his own collection of allegations of sexual misconduct, wouldn’t say whether he believes Moore’s denials.
But he insisted that ‘women are very special’ to him and expressed enthusiasm for the recent series of revelations about sexually predatory men in Washington.
‘A lot of things are coming out, and I think that’s good for our society and I think it’s very very good for women,’ he said. ‘I’m very happy that a lot of these things are coming out.’
‘The women are Trump voters. Most of them are Trump voters,’ Trump said.
Trump also hedged on the cases of Sen. Al Franken and Rep. John Conyers, two powerful congressional Democrats who have been snared in the national dragnet of sex abuse claims.