McConnell Can’t Tell If He Believes Women Who Accused Trump Of Sexual Harassment
While addressing the Roy Moore controversy, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Monday he believes the women who have accused Moore of inappropriate sexual behavior. On Tuesday the Senate Majority Leader was asked whether he believes the women who have accused President Trump of sexual harassment. He couldn’t handle the question.
“Look, we’re talking about the situation in Alabama,” McConnell said when Pressed by the reporter, according to The Hill.
“And I’d be happy to address that if there are any further questions [but not about Trump],” he added.
McConnell’s comments come as GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore faces growing pressure to step aside in the Alabama Senate race following several allegations of sexual misconduct.
The Moore controversy has also reignited questions about past allegations concerning Trump. The White House’s official position on the women who accused Trump of sexual harassment is that they are lying, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said last month.
“Yeah, we’ve been clear on that from the beginning and the president has spoken on it,” Sanders said.
Trump said last month the allegations against him — many of which emerged during the campaign after the leak of a 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape in which he makes lewd comments about women — are “made-up stuff.”
“All I can say is it’s totally fake news — just fake,” he said. “It’s fake, it’s made-up stuff. And it’s disgraceful what happens.”
At least 11 women came forward to accuse Trump of unwanted touching and kissing last year.
The recent controversy surrounding Moore began when the Washington Post published a report last week in which a woman accused the Senate candidate of initiating a sexual encounter with her when she was 14 and he was 32. On Monday, another woman came forward and accused Moore of sexually assaulting her when she was a teenager.
However, Moore has denied the allegations and has indicated he plans to stay in the race amid growing calls for him to end his campaign.