(National Sentinel)Â Pile On: Count former two-time failed GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney among Republicans who are jumping on the bandwagon to proclaim that Judge Roy Moore ought to step aside amid unproven allegations of sexual misconduct 40 years ago.
On Friday Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, said that Moore, who beat incumbent U.S. Sen. Luther Strange, R-Alabama, in a primary earlier this year, is “unfit for office” and should step out of the race.
Innocent until proven guilty is for criminal convictions, not elections. I believe Leigh Corfman. Her account is too serious to ignore. Moore is unfit for office and should step aside.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) November 10, 2017
“Innocent until proven guilty is for criminal convictions, not elections. I believe Leigh Corfman. Her account is too serious to ignore. Moore is unfit for office and should step aside,” Romney tweeted.
As theÂ Washington Post reported earlier this week, according to Corfman, Moore touched her improperly after picking her up and taking him to his home on at least two occasions when she was 14 and he was in his early 30’s.
AÂ total of four women told the Post that Moore attempted to initiate a relationship with them when they were in their later teens.
Earlier, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., made essentially the same statement as Romney.
McCain called the allegations â€œdeeply disturbing and disqualifying,â€ according toÂ The Hill.
â€œHe should immediately step aside and allow the people of Alabama to elect a candidate they can be proud of,â€ McCain said.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has also asked Moore to step aside but like many other Republicans, only if the allegations “are true.”
â€œLike most Americans, the president believes we cannot allow a mere allegation, in this case one from many years ago, to destroy a personâ€™s life,” spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday.
She noted further that Trump, in the middle of an Asia trip and heading to Vietnam at the time, â€œbelieves that if these allegations are true, Judge Moore will do the right thing and step aside.â€
Meanwhile, the Moore campaign denied the allegations in a statementÂ released by campaign chair Bill Armistead on Thursday. He blamed the scandal on political bias at the Post, which some believeÂ may have timed the release of the story for maximum effect.
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â€œThe Washington Post has already endorsed the Judgeâ€™s opponent,â€ Armistead suggested in the statement. â€œAnd for months, they have engaged in a systematic campaign to distort the truth about the Judgeâ€™s record and career and derail his campaign.â€
The Moore campaign also noted the candidate has had several high-profile election contests in Alabama, including for chief justice of the state Supreme Court, and yet no such allegations ever surfaced.
As for McCain, he was wrongly accused of having an extramarital affair with an intern during the height of his 2008 bid for the presidency, in which he ultimately lost to then-Sen. Barack Obama. Republicans rallied to the defense of McCain at the time.
Ultimately the story was disproven.
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