Skip to main content

Sign up for our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values. Direct to your inbox.

Judge Roy Moore holds a campaign rally on November 27, 2017 in Henagar, Alabama. Over 100 supporters turned out to the event packing the Henagar Event Center. (Photo: Joe Buglewicz/Getty Images)

Trump Endorses Accused Child Molester Moore Because He Wants Vote for Tax Cuts

"Trump endorses the lawless bigot and alleged teen-targeting sexual predator because he'll cut taxes bigly on the rich and corporations while telling you undocumented immigrants are your real problem."

Jake Johnson

With less than two weeks left until the special election for Alabama's vacant Senate seat, President Donald Trump took to Twitter Monday morning to offer a full-throated endorsement of GOP nominee and accused child molester Roy Moore, dismissing out of hand numerous accusations of sexual misconduct because Republicans "need his vote" to deliver massive tax cuts to the rich.

Trump's endorsement of Moore comes just days after GOP senators rammed through a "monstrosity" of a tax bill that was immediately characterized by progressive lawmakers and activists as open class warfare waged by congressional Republicans on behalf of corporate lobbyists and the ultra-wealthy.

"Trump endorses the lawless bigot and alleged teen-targeting sexual predator because he'll cut taxes bigly on the rich and corporations while telling you undocumented immigrants are your real problem. Sounds like the perfect expression of Trump populism," concluded the Washington Post's Greg Sargent in response to the president's tweets.

Riding the high of his dead-of-night tax victory on Saturday, Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) appeared to soften his stance on Moore, perhaps a sign that he is coming around to the president's insistence that Republicans need all the votes they can get—even if one of them is coming from a man who has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman when she was 14.

"The people of Alabama are going to decide a week from Tuesday who they want to send to the Senate," McConnell, who has previously called for Moore to step aside, said Sunday in an interview on CBS. "It's really up to them."

As Common Dreams reported last month, Trump appeared to signal that he supports Moore's senate bid during a question-and-answer session with reporters, insisting repeatedly that Moore "totally denies" the numerous accusations against him. But Monday represented the first time the president has stated unequivocally that Alabama voters should elect a man credibly accused of sexual assault and harassment.

Recent polls indicate that Moore remains slightly ahead of his Democratic opponent Doug Jones. A CBS poll released Sunday found that 71 percent of Alabama Republicans believe that the accusations against Moore are false.


Our work is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). Feel free to republish and share widely.

This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.

Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news site. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do. Without Your Support We Simply Don't Exist.

New Legal Campaign Aims to Protect People and Nature From Polluters' 'Irreparable Damage'

"States must listen to communities' demands to recognize the human right to a healthy environment and better regulate businesses with respect to the impacts of their operations."

Jessica Corbett ·


'You Tell Me What We Should Cut': Sanders Not Budging on $3.5 Trillion

"Poll after poll tells me, and tells you, that what we are trying to do is enormously popular."

Jake Johnson ·


Civil Rights Leaders Decry Senate's Failure to Pass Police Reform Bill

"We will continue to fight and advocate for legislation worthy of George Floyd's name," vowed the heads of seven advocacy groups.

Brett Wilkins ·


Biden Set to Admit Even Fewer Refugees Than Trump's Record Low

The "paltry" number of those admitted so far would be well below the 62,500 ceiling President Joe Biden had set for the current fiscal year.

Andrea Germanos ·


In 'Landmark' Decision, EPA Finalizes Rule Cutting Use of Super-Pollutant HFCs

The regulation will drastically curb the use of "the most potent super-pollutants known to mankind at the moment," one climate campaigner said.

Julia Conley ·

Support our work.

We are independent, non-profit, advertising-free and 100% reader supported.

Subscribe to our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values.
Direct to your inbox.

Subscribe to our Newsletter.


Common Dreams, Inc. Founded 1997. Registered 501(c3) Non-Profit | Privacy Policy
Common Dreams Logo