Donald Trump is actively campaigning for accused child molester Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Roy Moore.
According to Politico, Trump’s decision to go all in for Moore was, in part, based on his daughter Ivanka Trump’s public criticism of the Alabama Republican candidate:
Two factors nudged the president from private sympathy to public cheerleading for the besieged candidate that would eventually draw the RNC, which had severed ties with Moore, back into the race.
The first was a perceived pile-on against Moore from his own advisers that left the president resentful and angry. His daughter, Ivanka Trump, told The Associated Press in mid-November that “there’s a special place in hell for people who prey on children.” She was repeating a statement from the White House’s legislative director, Marc Short, who used the same phrase days earlier in an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd.
Ivanka told the Associated Press in November, “There’s a special place in hell for people who prey on children. I’ve yet to see a valid explanation and I have no reason to doubt the victims’ accounts.”
Additionally, Politico noted that a number of White House aides – and key Republicans who opposed Moore – helped fuel Trump’s decision to fully support Moore. The publications reported that Trump has been questioning the veracity of Moore’s accusers and wondering why they waited so long to come forward.
Trump’s public support of Moore is based on math – that the GOP must preserve its majority. He tweeted, “LAST thing the Make America Great Again Agenda needs is a Liberal Democrat in Senate where we have so little margin for victory already. The Pelosi/Schumer Puppet Jones would vote against us 100% of the time. He’s bad on Crime, Life, Border, Vets, Guns & Military. VOTE ROY MOORE!”
Trump is also facing allegations of sexual misconduct from multiple accusers and he denies all of them.