Amid growing outcry over the accusations against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore — including a fifth woman who came forward today to accuse him of sexually assaulting her when she was 16 years old — Texas Senator Ted Cruz has revoked his endorsement of Moore.
In response to reporters’ questions tonight at the U.S. Capitol, Cruz called the accusations against Moore “deeply concerning” and noted there were “multiple, serious allegations of criminal conduct.”
Cruz urged Moore to come forward with any rebuttal he may have, but “as long as these allegations remain unrefuted,” he was “not able to urge the people of Alabama to support his candidacy.”
Cruz’s comments in full, according to a transcript provided by Cruz’s press secretary Phil Novack:
These allegations are deeply concerning. We’ve now seen multiple, serious allegations of criminal conduct. One of two things should happen. If these allegations are true, Judge Moore should drop out now, today. The people of Alabama deserve to have the option of voting for a strong conservative who has not committed criminal conduct. Or two, if these allegations are not true, then Judge Moore needs to come forward with strong, persuasive rebuttal demonstrating that they are untrue. As it stands tonight, the people of Alabama are faced with an untenable choice. And so it is my hope one of those two options will occur very, very quickly.
I am not able to urge the people of Alabama to support his candidacy so long as these allegations remain unrefuted. Both last week and this week, there are serious charges of criminal conduct that, if true, not only make him unfit to serve in the Senate but merit criminal prosecution. Judge Moore, like any American, is entitled to present a defense, he’s entitled to put forth facts demonstrating the charges are not true. But as it stands I can’t urge the people of Alabama to support a campaign in the face of these charges without serious persuasive demonstration that the charges are not true.
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