Reports are claiming that the Republican National Committee (RNC) is cuttings all funding to GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore. This comes after the Washington Post published a story revealing that five women have claimed he engaged in inappropriate relations with them while they were teens and young adults.
"The RNC is pulling out of a joint fundraising agreement it had with Moore, according to a senior party official briefed on the decision," writes Politico. "It is also canceling a field program it had set up ahead of the state’s Dec. 12 special election. The committee had about a dozen paid canvassers in Alabama working for Moore. It will no longer transfer any money to the race."
But this decision isn't entirely dependent on Moore being accused of sexual misconduct — a charge that many, including Moore himself, are vigorously challenging. The Republican Party had previously believed that Moore was in trouble. Internal RNC polling conducted around a week ago showing that his Democratic opponent was ahead by two percentage points. As a result, the committee was questioning whether they should continue their joint fundraising agreement. But other polls showed the Alabama Republican substantially ahead of his opponent.
It is also a well-known fact that Moore, a Christian and a staunch conservative, is strongly disliked by the GOP establishment. Republicans such as Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney, and Mitch McConnell have called on him to step down in the aftermath of accusations of sexual misconduct.
But even before recent events, establishment Republicans of the Ryan-Romney-McConnell mold have been highly critical of Moore, and even endorsed his primary opponent. Moore has even claimed that McConnell should step down and that his days as Senate Majority Leader are coming to an end. Indeed, Moore and the Republican establishment are currently in open war.
Despite these career-crippling accusations, Moore has vehemently denied the allegations against him. He has also vowed to remain in the race. "We’ve said this before and we’ll say it again: Judge Moore is an innocent man and has never had any sexual misconduct with anyone,” his campaign said on Monday, according to Politico.
You can also watch his reaction to the Washington Post article in the video below.
“These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign,” Moore wrote to Breitbart, immediately before the article by the Washington Post came to light.
“This garbage is the very definition of fake news and intentional defamation,” the statement read. “After over 40 years of public service, if any of these allegations were true, they surely would have been made public long before now.”
It appears that Alabama voters agree with Moore's assessment — they still support the judge, who is a staunch conservative, a populist ally of President Trump, and a defender of the right to life, according to the Daily Caller.
82% of those polled claimed that they were aware of the accusations levied against Moore, although half of all polled claimed that they would still support Moore in his bid for the US Senate. In fact, it appears that recent accusations against Moore haven't hurt him hardly at all.
A total of 63% of Republican voters claim that they will still stand by Moore, despite the Republican establishment — who already hated him and were desperately searching for a reason to throw him under the bus anyways — calling on him to step down. Indeed, Alabama is a profoundly Republican state and hasn't elected a Democrat to the Senate since 1992. And it turns out that they aren't happy with the Republican establishment either, opting for a more anti-establishment candidate like Moore.
What eventually happens remains to be seen. Like President Trump, might Moore be elected to the Senate with the media, Hollywood, and the political establishment against him? It is certainly possible. Let us know what you think in the comment section of our Facebook page.
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