In a brief question-and-answer session just before departing to his Mar-a-Lago resort for the Thanksgiving holiday, President Donald Trump on Tuesday offered what many took to be an endorsement of the GOP’s Alabama Senate nominee Roy Moore, saying “we don’t need a liberal person in there” and boosting Moore’s denials of the numerous sexual assault allegations—including by women who were minors at the time—that have been leveled against him.
“Is an accused child molester better than a Democrat?” asked one reporter.
“Look, he denies it,” Trump said in response, speaking publicly about Moore for the first time since the initial allegations emerged. “And by the way, he totally denies it.”
Asked to give a message to women amid the flood of sexual misconduct allegations against powerful men in several different industries, Trump said, “Women are very special, I think it’s a very special time, because a lot of things are coming out.”
Trump, however, wouldn’t respond when asked whether he believes the female accusers.
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