Nearly a week after the Washington Post reported on allegations from multiple women that U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore pursued them decades ago when they were still teenagers, House Speaker Paul Ryan has taken a side regarding whether Moore should stay in the race or drop out.
“He should step aside,” Ryan said Tuesday morning, CNN reported.
“Number one, these allegations are credible. Number two, if he [Moore] cares about the values that he claims to care about, then he should step aside,” Ryan added.
Ryan’s call for Moore to step aside comes after similar calls from multiple Senate Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and chair of the Republican National Senatorial Committee Cory Gardner (Colo.). McConnell and Gardner are just two of more than a dozen Senate Republicans calling for Moore to step aside.
Given the nature of the allegations against Moore, it’s surprising that Ryan did not call on the Alabama Republican to step aside sooner. However, I give Ryan credit for not jumping on the “he’s gotta go” bandwagon right away.
Instead, Ryan rightly waited for more information and evidence to come out. Given the fact that yet another accuser stepped forward Monday, saying that Moore signed her yearbook with “love” when she was just a teenager and he was in his 30s, along with Moore effectively admitting he dated teenagers while in his 30s, I commend Ryan for this move.