Outspoken Republican Corey Stewart defends Senate candidate Roy Moore
Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore has been accused of initiating sexual contact with a teenage girl. (Brynn Anderson/Associated Press) November 12 at 3:12 PM
Outspoken Virginia Republican Corey Stewart this weekend defended Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who has been accused of initiating sexual contact with a teenage girl. Meanwhile, Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) said if the allegations are true, Moore should drop out of the race.
Stewart, chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors and a candidate for the GOP nomination to challenge Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), defended Moore on Friday in a Facebook Live event.
âThese allegations are 40 years old, 40 years old and th eyâre unsubstantiated,â Stewart said in response to a question from Ian Sams, Kaineâs campaign spokesman. âThereâs no way to prove it. They didnât prove it, but youâre presumed guilty? Thatâs not right.â
Sams, speaking on behalf of Kaine said, âany person of conscience should be willing to condemn child sex abuse, and the fact Corey wonât speaks volumes about him.â
The Washington Post published and interview Thursday from a woman who said that Moore initiated sexual contact with her when she was 14 and he was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney in Alabama. Leigh Corfman told the Post that Moore took her to his house and touched her sexually,Republican lawmakers are split on whether Roy Moore, the embattled Alabama Republican, should continue his run for Senate given allegations against him. (Meg Kelly/The Washington Post)
[Woman says Roy Moore initiated sexual encounter when she was 14, he was 32]
Three other women interviewed by The Post say Moore pursued them when they were between the ages of 16 and 18 and he was in his early 30s.
Moore, 70, has not ruled out that he may have dated girls in their late teens when he was in his 30s, but denies any wrongdoing.
Since then allegations were first reported, a growing number of Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), have said Moore should withdraw from race if the charges are true. The Senate GOPâs campaign arm also formally ended its fundraising agreement with Moore.
Harris endorsed Moore in September in a GOP runoff, saying at the time that Moore would bring âprincipleâ and a âbackbone of steelâ to the Senate.
On Friday evening Harris, the only Republican representing Maryland in Congress, posted a one-sentence statement about Moore on his Facebook page.
âIf the allegations regarding Leigh Corfman are accurate, Judge Moore should withdraw from the race,â he wrote. < /p> Corey Stewart, chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors and a candidate for the GOP nomination to challenge Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), defended Moore on Friday in a Facebook Live event. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)
Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.), the only woman in regionâs congressional delegation, issued the stronger rebuke of Moore on Friday.
âHarvey Weinstein, Anthony Weiner, Roger Ailes, Roy Moore .â.â. No MOORE of this,â Comstock said in a statement, adding that Moore had not provided a credible response to the allegations. âRoy Moore should not serve in the U.S. Senate.â
But Stewart, who ran unsuccessfully for the GOP nomination for governor and is known for making blunt pronouncements that galvanize his base â" and opponents â" took the opposite tact.
âU ntil thereâs proof, I donât believe it,â Stewart said. âUntil thereâs proof, weâre not going to judge Judge Roy Moore.â
Stewart did not respond to questions about what would constitute proof, nor did he elaborate Sunday on his comments during the Facebook event, during which he took questions on a variety of topics.
He also blamed the media.
âThe media by the way, total double standard,â Stewart said, arguing that reporters covered for Harvey Weinstein, despite the many press reports about decades of allegations against the Hollywood producer.
As first reported in detail in The New Yorker and the New York Times, followed by other outlets, Weinstein is accused of a 30-year-pattern of abuse and sexual assaults.
âHey, whereâs Tim Kaine about that?â said Stewart, who has been described as the âtitular head of the Trump movementâ in Virginia.
However, Kaine was asked about Weinstein last month by CNN and responded:â Any leader should condemn this .â.â. The allegations are lowlife behavior.â
Weinstein was a major donor to the Democratic presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton, who choose Kaine as her running mate.Source: Google News