Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore on Thursday sent out a fundraising email seeking donations to fight the “Obama-Clinton Machine’s liberal media lapdogs,” according to Politico.
Politico on Thursday reported that Moore’s pitch followed a Washington Post report that he sought sexual relationships with four women while they were teenagers and he was in his 30s.
“The Obama-Clinton Machine’s liberal media lapdogs just launched the most vicious and nasty round of attacks against me I’ve EVER faced,” he said in the email. “I won’t get into the details of their filthy and sleazy attacks.”
“The forces of evil will lie, cheat, steal – even inflict physical harm – if they believe it will silence and shut up Christian conservatives like you and me,” Moore added.
“That’s why I must be able to count on the help of God-fearing conservatives like you to stand with me at this critical moment.”
The email then asks for an “emergency contribution” to Moore’s campaign as Alabama’s special Senate election on Dec. 12 nears.
The Post on Thursday reported that Moore sought sexual relationships with four women when they were teenagers and he in was his 30s.
One of the accusers, Leigh Corfman, alleged that Moore had sexual contact with her in 1979 when she was 14 and he was 32.
Moore on Thursday vowed that he would not end his campaign for the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions when he became President Trump’s attorney general earlier this year.
“I refuse to stand down,” said Moore, who is facing Democrat Doug Jones in the contest for the Senate spot.
The Post’s report has nonetheless inspired a number of top Republican lawmakers to demand that Moore end his Senate bid if the allegations about him are true.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday told reporters, for example, that Trump does not think “a mere allegation” from years ago should “destroy a person’s life.”
“However, the president also believes that if these allegations are true, Judge Moore will do the right thing and step aside,” she said while traveling with Trump through Asia.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Vice President Mike Pence have since made similar comments about the allegations about Moore.