Trump all but endorses Roy Moore

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President Donald Trump signaled a major shift in the White House's position Tuesday on Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, repeatedly saying Moore "totally denies" the allegations of sexual misconduct against him and panning his Democratic opponent Doug Jones as "terrible".

He spoke to reporters at the White House before leaving for a Thanksgiving break at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida.

Later on in the conversation, after MSNC political analyst Elise Jordan said it seemed to be an odd political calculation of Trump's to back Moore when Democrat Doug Jones seems to have all the momentum, Heilemann claimed that "Trump sees himself in Roy Moore", adding that the cries of "fake news" appeal to him.

Trump was referring to the women who have publicly said that Moore pursued relationships with them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s.

Moore, 70, has denied the accusations and has said he is the victim of a witch hunt.

Moore's campaign quickly touted Trump's comments on social media. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and other national Republicans have called on Moore to step aside, but the former state Supreme Court chief justice has refused.

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Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, who chairs the Senate Republican campaign arm, went so far as to suggest that if Moore managed to win the race, he would be expelled from the chamber soon after being seated. Several of the women allege that Moore sexually assaulted or behaved inappropriately toward them years ago. He denied it. He was also caught on tape in 2005 boasting that he could grab women's private parts.

"We believe Judge Moore", Moore campaign strategist Dean Young said.

"He denies it", Trump responded. A lot of them are Trump voters. "There's a special place in hell for people who prey on children".

One of them, Leigh Corfman, said she was 14 years old when Moore, then 32, initiated sexual contact with her.

The campaign says two former restaurant employees and a former customer don't remember Nelson working there or Moore eating there and disputed other details of her account such as the placement of the restaurant's dumpsters. It's the first direct assault by the Jones camp against Moore on the allegations.

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