What could be more damning for a political career than allegations of sexual misconduct? In today’s media climate, sexual allegations are a powerful juggernaut to take down almost anyone’s political career. They are also a force to be reckoned with for company executives and other prominent figures.
Consequently, many companies and organizations are quick to cut ties with political figures or individuals in powerful positions who face credible sexual harassment allegations.
Details About the Sexual Allegations Brought Against Judge Moore
Recent allegations about Judge Moore indicate that back in the 1970s and early 1980s when he held the position of Assistant District Attorney, he was involved in sexual misconduct with young girls and one that was underage.
The Washington Post conducted an investigation and interviewed four women about alleged sexual misconduct on Moore’s part and posted its findings on November 9. At first, all the women were reluctant to discuss the matter. They did not know each other, but at the time of the alleged incidents they were between the ages of 14 and 18 and Moore was in his 30s.
Repercussions from the Media Exposure
According to a Fox News report, multiple republicans have requested that Moore step down from the December special election in Alabama, and the National Republic Senatorial Committee cut its fundraising ties with Moore.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders conveyed that the president does not plan to make an in-person appearance to support Moore. In addition, Vice President Pence indicated the allegations were disturbing and if true, it would disqualify anyone from serving in office.
Senator Mitch McConnell has stated he believes the allegations were true and asked Moore to step aside. Senator Cory Gardner has agreed and taken a further step by encouraging the Senate to “vote to expel” Moore if he wins the election. Another Senator who previously backed Moore, Senator Mike Lee of Utah has also withdrawn his endorsement.
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