Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called on Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore to drop out after a damning report revealing allegations that Moore sexually abused a 14-year-old girl.
“I believe the women, yes,” McConnell told reporters Monday. “I believe he should step aside.”
Moore was accused by an Alabama woman of molesting her when she was just 14.
Leigh Corfman told The Washington Post that Moore met her at a courthouse outside of a custody hearing while he was a 32-year-old prosecutor.
She said Moore later “picked her up around the corner from her house in Gadsden, drove her about 30 minutes to his home in the woods, told her how pretty she was and kissed her. On a second visit, she says, he took off her shirt and pants and removed his clothes. He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear.”
“I wanted it over with — I wanted out,” she recalled to the Post. “Please just get this over with. Whatever this is, just get it over.”
Three other women said Moore made sexual advances toward them when they were teenagers.
Reporters spoke to more than 30 sources who accused Moore of seeking out teenage girls to date at the mall.
Moore has insisted he does not know Corfman and claimed he did not date the other three women in the report. He told Sean Hannity last week he did “not generally” date teenager girls.
But a former co-worker who remembers Moore from the Etowah County District Attorney’s Office told CNN it was “common knowledge” that Moore dated “high school girls” and everyone thought it was “weird.”
“As a Deputy DA in Gadsden when Roy Moore was there, it was common knowledge about Roy’s propensity for teenage girls. I’m appalled that these women are being skewered for the truth,” Teresa Jones wrote on Twitter.
She later explained to CNN that “It was common knowledge that Roy dated high school girls, everyone we knew thought it was weird…We wondered why someone his age would hang out at high school football games and the mall.”
She explained that no one confronted him about it because “You really wouldn’t say anything to someone like that.”
She later explained why she did not do anything in response to Moore’s behavior.
“At that time, in that atmosphere unless the girls came forward with specifics, then no, no charges could have been brought,” she wrote. “The Weinstein, Hoffman, etc. revelations have made it far more palatable for women to come forward.”
According to attorney Gloria Allred, another woman will come forward to accuse Moore of sexually abusing her as a minor on Monday.
Though Moore has been adamant he will not drop out, and it is too late to replace his name on the ballot, his chances are growing more tenuous by the day.
McConnell said Republicans are considering a write-in campaign for a different Republican, which figures to only increase Democrat Doug Jones’ chances of winning a three-way race with two candidates splitting the Republican vote.