"So rest assured - I will NEVER GIVE UP the fight!" "I do not believe them. Our nation is at a crossroads right now - both spiritually and politically".
It continues: "After over 40 years of public service, if any of these allegations were true, they would have been made public long before now".
"Moore later sent out a series of tweets blaming "The Obama-Clinton Machine's liberal media lapdogs, ' referring to 'the forces of evil" arrayed against him and fellow conservatives who 'are in the midst of a spiritual battle.'".
But let's be clear: The allegations reported yesterday in The Washington Post are carefully sourced.
Ziegler contends that the allegations against Moore are unlikely to impact his political run as he never had "sexual intercourse" with the 14-year-old girl in question, their relationship "happened nearly 40 years ago", and finally, "Moore fell in love with one of the younger women", namely his wife Kayla. At the time, Moore was in his early 30s.
It is their honesty that Moore is attacking.
"Moore has campaigned as a Christian nationalist, frequently touting his faith and conservative social positions".
At least one of Moore's supporters, in fact, seems to have a loose understanding of a core belief of Christianity. "They became parents of Jesus". "Zechariah and Elizabeth for instance". "Take Joseph and Mary", Ziegler said.
Theologians and pastors, among others, expressed revulsion that Mary and Joseph would be used to counter allegations of sexual misbehavior with a minor.More news: Lonzo Ball: No word from LiAngelo amid situation in China
"Take the Bible. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter". One said he didn't see the "relevance" of a 32-year-old man kissing a 14-year-old girl or "trying" to touch her genitals.
As for "nothing immoral or illegal", that's wrong, too. "Bringing Joseph and Mary into a modern-day molestation accusation, where a 32-year-old prosecutor is accused of molesting a 14-year-old girl, is simultaneously ridiculous and blasphemous", Ed Stetzer, a pastor and church consultant who holds the Billy Graham Chair of Church, Mission and Evangelism at Wheaton College in IL, told The Washington Post. The accounts by multiple women prompted Republican lawmakers to say he should end his candidacy for the December 12 special election if the allegations are true. Any conduct can be defended if the offender is on "our side".
That view was shared by Scott Reed, a political strategist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, who opposed Moore's nomination.
First and foremost, the allegations are serious in nature on their own and have raised questions about Moore's fitness for office, with a slew of Republican senators saying Moore should leave the race if the allegations are true.
Lee's office told The Hill on Friday that the Moore campaign never asked to use the senator's image and that their office had requested that Moore take it down.
My guess is that Republicans hope he does win.
On the ground in Alabama, some Republicans were willing to downplay the allegations.
The Republican Party's options, including the possibility of a write-in campaign, "are all being researched", said Steven Law, who leads the pro-Republican Senate Leadership Fund. In any Republican's hands. Keep in mind that 58 percent of the respondents are self-identified Republicans, exactly double the percentage that are Democrats. Some Republicans conceded that Moore would likely suffer in the state's reliably, mainstream-Republican suburbs. "Why is this allegation coming out at this time?"