Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has come out to say that Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama "should step aside.” Moore was accused of having sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl decades ago when he was a 32-year-old assistant District Attorney.
McConnell spoke to reporters Monday after visiting a plant in Kentucky. He told them that he believes the women who were quoted in a Washington Post story. The story included four women who said Moore had a relationship with them while they were teens and he was in his 30s.
Last week, when the allegations came out on Thursday, McConnell had said that Moore should only step aside if the allegations were proven true.
He also said that the Republican Party is looking at a write-in option in Alabama.
McConnell isn’t the only Republican calling for Roy Moore to step aside in the Alabama senate race after the woman stepped forward.
“It’s a nasty story, I don’t know anything about it,” said Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) Asked if Moore should withdraw, Shelby said, “Let’s see how the story runs."
Shelby added, “I supported Sen. Strange, you all know that.” Shelby referred to Sen. Luther Strange, who was appointed to the position after Jeff Sessions left it, but was later defeated in the Republican primary by Moore.
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) said "if there’s a shred of truth to it then he needs to step aside.”
Sen. Lisa Murkowski R-AK also commented on the Roy Moore allegations, saying "I'm horrified and if it's true he should step down immediately."
Jeff Flake (R-Az) also said Moore should step aside.
Likewise, Senator John McCain tweeted, “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.”
The National Republican Senate Committee also released a statement asking Moore to step aside. The chairman, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) issued the statement on Thursday.
"The allegations against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore are deeply troubling. If these allegations are found to be true, Roy Moore must drop out of the Alabama special Senate Election.
Moore issued a statement denying the claims. He called it "the most outlandish attacks on any candidate in the modern political arena."