Republicans are calling for Roy Moore to step aside in the Alabama senate race after a woman came forward to accuse him of sexually assaulting her when she was only 14-years-old and he was 32. She was just one of four women who spoke to The Washington Post about a relationship with Moore when they were teens.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is calling on the Republican nominee to withdraw from the race if the allegations are true.
"If these allegations are true, he must step aside,” declared McConnell.
Other Republican senators are also reacting to the published report. The story was broken by The Washington Post on Wednesday.
“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."