Former FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday tweeted a quote about “immorality” after President Trump seemingly threw his support behind Roy Moore.
Multiple women have accused Moore, the GOP’s candidate for an Alabama Senate seat, of sexual misconduct this month.
“The essence of immorality is the tendency to make an exception of myself,” Comey tweeted, quoting Jane Addams, a social activist who lived from 1860 to 1935.
“The essence of immorality is the tendency to make an exception of myself.” Jane Addams (1860-1935)— James Comey (@Comey) November 22, 2017
Trump earlier Tuesday seemingly aligned with Moore’s campaign by speaking out against Democratic Alabama Senate candidate Doug Jones.
“We don’t need a liberal in there, a Democrat,” he told reporters on the White House’s South Lawn.
“It’s terrible on crime, it’s terrible on the border, it’s terrible on the military,” Trump added of Jones’ record.
Trump also declined to say whether he believes the allegations against Moore, but he noted that the former Alabama Supreme Court justice denies all of the claims.
“He denies it,” he said, mentioning that the alleged incidents occurred roughly 40 years ago.
“He totally denies it,” Trump continued. “He totally denies it. Roy Moore denies it – that’s all I can say.”
Trump’s remarks were his most direct about the allegations against Moore, which first emerged earlier this month.
The Washington Post reported that an Alabama woman alleges that Moore initiated a sexual encounter with her when she was 14 and he was 32.
Several other women have since publicly shared similar accusations, charging that Moore made untoward sexual advances towards them when they were teenagers.
Moore has fiercely denied the allegations against him, and the Senate candidate has also derided the media for reporting on them.
Jones and Moore are competing over a vacant Senate seat representing Alabama ahead of a special election there scheduled for Dec. 12.
Trump fired Comey last May, and the former FBI director has since tweeted several quotes that appeared to be criticisms of the president.