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Poll…Republicans do NOT want Moore kicked out of the Senate if voters elect him…

Furthermore?

The march of sexual hrrasment and assault stories will NOT stop Republican voters from supporting Republican candidates ….

It is my feeling that if Roy Moore gets elected?

There WILL BE a hard pushback against his accusers and the sexual harrasment issue will go away just like it did with Donald Trump….

Republican voters see being the majority party as their OVERIDING goal no matter what...This has been sentiment about Donald Trump who keeps dropping in approval among ALL Americans , but only slightly among Republicans…

The big new finding from a Quinnipiac University poll is this: About half of Republicans say GOP senators should let Roy Moore serve in the Senate. By a margin of 49 percent to 33 percent, Republicans say the Alabamian, who is accused of sexual misconduct with multiple teenagers, should not be expelled if he wins next month’s special election, as some Senate Republicans have threatened to do.

But that’s hardly the only finding in the poll that suggests the GOP has taken a softer view toward sexual harassment.

The poll also shows sexual harassment isn’t a dealbreaker for Republicans when it comes to President Trump. And it’s not even that they just doubt the accusations against Trump (which has been the case ever since nearly a dozen women came forward at the end of the last election). The poll shows Republicans also oppose trying to remove Trump from office even if it was proved that he sexually harassed the women who have accused him. By a margin of 63 percent to 28 percent, Republicans say Trump should not be impeached even if we know for a fact that he sexually harassed women.

More generally speaking, Republicans are also less likely to say alleged sexual harassment is a dealbreaker when voting for a candidate. The poll asked that if a candidate faced multiple sexual harassment allegations, whether people would “still consider voting for them if you agreed with them on the issues.” A plurality of Republican, 43 percent, say they would, while 41 percent say they definitely would not…..

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Trump will put North Korea back on the list of countries sponsoring terror…

This just out…..

It seems to be Trump’s intent of increasingly squeezing North Korea to try to get the country to come to the bargining table….

THAT has shown no success publicly so far…

President Donald Trump says he intends to declare North Korea a state sponsor of terror.

Trump said Monday that the designation will impose further penalties on the country. He called it a long overdue step and part of the U.S. ‘‘maximum pressure campaign’’ against the North.

The move returns North Korea to the list of countries the U.S. views as state sponsors of terror for the first time since 2008. That’s when the North was removed in a bid to salvage a deal to halt its nuclear development.

U.S. officials cited the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s estranged half brother in a Malaysian airport this year as an act of terrorism.

North Korea would join Iran, Sudan and Syria on the list of state sponsors of terror…..

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Trump goes after Sen. Flake on the tax bill….

Typical Donald Trump….

When in doubt attack….

He knows the Republican Senator from Arizona does NOT like him …..

He needs his vote though for any tax cut bill…

So what does Donald Trump do?

He disses the guy….

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Donald Trump and perhaps his top congressional GOP critic are sparring again, this time with Sen. Jeff Flake’s office disputing the president’s claim that the Arizona Republican plans to oppose the party’s tax overhaul plan.

The president started the duo’s latest back-and-forth with a Sunday evening tweet predicting the retiring Flake — whom he mocked by referring to him as “Flake(y)” — will “be a NO on tax cuts because his political career anyway is ‘toast.’”

Losing Flake would put the bill in serious jeopardy of failing, robbing Trump of a year-end legislative victory.

Trump wrote that Flake is “unelectable in the Great State of Arizona (quit race, anemic polls) was caught (purposely) on ‘mike’ saying bad things about your favorite President…..

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Trump getting no’ pat on back’ from freed UCLA basketball player’s father tweets he should have left the player’s in jail….

Donald Trump IS well?…..

Donald Trump…

He doesn’t do much of anything because of any other reason except boosting HIS EGO…..

The UCLA basketball played who are accused of shoplifting and where held in China did in fact thank President Trump for asking the Chienese leader to release them….

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LaVar Ball, the mercurial father of one of players didn’t….His ego is is about the size of Trump’s….

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The players faced potential jail sentences for the charge, but Trump reportedly spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping about resolving the situation. The players were released, and landed in the United States last week.

Trump took credit for their release, and questioned in a tweet whether the players would thank him.

The players subsequently held a press conference last week in which they apologized for the incident and thanked Trump.

ESPN on Friday asked LaVar Ball about Trump’s role in bringing his son back to the United States.

“Who?” Ball responded. “What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.”…

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2/3 of Governor’s will be voted on next year…Will Trump and Moore type things drag down the Republicans?

Remember…..

Robert Mueller should be out with his verdict sometime this Spring, less than  year from the 2018 Midterm voting….

Donald Trump’s numbers are already in the toilet….

And Republicans in Congress are hell bent on trying to pass legislation that will screw people’s healthcare and /or taxes….

A LOT of people ain’t gonna be happy going to vote in less than a year from now….

….”I think we’ll see Republican governors walking a tightrope in 2018 as they navigate a difficult election year,” said Steve Grubbs, an Iowa-based Republican strategist and former state party chairman.

Thirty-six states will hold gubernatorial elections in 2018, with 26 of those now controlled by Republicans. In those races, which often have trickle-down effects on legislative and local elections, Republican candidates will have to decide just how closely to embrace Trump and distance themselves from an unpopular Washington.

“The Trump base is very strong, and alienating that base by pushing Trump away could cost a governor two to five points on election day,” Grubbs said. “But there are also suburban voters who are bothered by the positioning of the White House and risk being lost on the other side.”….

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Mueller Trump Russian probe Update 11/16/17…Subpoena’s for Trump campaign people’s Russian contacts…

Trump Campaign staff had been turning over doucuments voluntarily ….

But in the media reporting about people talking to Congress some reporters have begun to say that some campaign staff people were NOT turning over ALL of their information to authorities….

They are now being ordered to do so….

Mr. Mueller and congressional committees are investigating whether Trump associates colluded with Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election. Mr. Trump has denied collusion by him or his campaign, and Moscow has denied meddling in the election.

Separately, the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday said senior White House official Jared Kushner hadn’t turned over all the documents it has requested and asked his lawyer to be more forthcoming.

Congressional committees earlier this year asked the campaign to turn over Russia-related documents, emails and phone records dating back to June 2015, when Mr. Trump launched his campaign.

Sending a subpoena to an entity that says it has been cooperating with document requests isn’t unusual in cases in which prosecutors have some concern that their demands aren’t being met promptly or aren’t being entirely fulfilled, former prosecutors said. A subpoena can serve as a backup, to make sure the recipient is complying as promised, and as a reminder that failure to provide documents as demanded would count as obstructing a grand-jury investigation…..

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New Fox poll has Obama more favorable in Alabama than Trump and Democrat Jones in the lead…

It IS beginning to seem that Republican Roy Moore IS in danger of losing in Red State Alabama to a Democrat…..Doug Jones….

With nine women now causing Moore of unwanted behavior?

He’s losing supportive among those who one would expect to stand by him no matter what…

And if Barack Obama is ahead of Donald Trump down there?

Republicans ARE REALLY in trouble…

A new Fox News poll shows former President Barack Obama is more popular in Alabama than Donald Trump.

The poll, conducted from Monday to Wednesday and released Thursday, shows Obama with a 52 percent favorability rating in the state, compared to Trump’s 49 percent.

Trump won Alabama by 28 points in the 2016 presidential election, while Obama lost the state by about 22 points in 2008 and 2012.

Obama had a 45 percent unfavorable rating in the poll, while Trump had a 48 percent unfavorable rating.

Trump’s job approval rating in the poll was listed at 52 percent, while 47 percent disapprove of his job performance.

The same poll showed Democrat Doug Jones leading Republican Roy Moore by 8 points in the Alabama Senate race in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against Moore.

The poll showed 50 percent of likely voters support Jones, while 42 percent support Moore.

The last Fox News poll on the race, conducted in mid-October, showed Jones and Moore were tied. Another recent poll from the Senate’s GOP campaign arm showed Moore trailing by double digits….

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Trump sounds ignorant of history. But racist ideas often masquerade as ignorance….

…from the Washington Post….


A sign with a Confederate flag touts President Trump’s 2016 campaign in North Carolina in May 2017. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

The racial story is often told from assuming lips.

All year, that story has been told from the prevailing assumption that President Trump, White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and other allies of the Trump administration who have rhetorically rewrote the Civil War are “startlingly ignorant” about American history — not to mention the American present.

The latest backlash and accusations of ignorance came in response to Kelly saying on Fox News last month that “the lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War.” There were “men and women of good faith on both sides,” including the “honorable” Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, Kelly said. The next day, Sanders gave her defense of Kelly during a news briefing. “There’s pretty strong consensus” that “a failure of compromise” sparked the Civil War. Defenders of Confederates and their statues rallied all year long from Charlottesville to Knoxville, from the White House to the defeated gubernatorial campaign of Ed Gillespie.

White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly called Robert E. Lee “an honorable man” and said that “the lack of an ability to compromise” led to the Civil War(Thomas Johnson/The Washington Post)

“Not a good day for Sarah Huckabee Sanders or the places that taught her history (looking at you Central High and Ouachita Baptist),” an Arkansas editor mourned in her home state. “Kelly’s understanding of American history and the Civil War is piss-poor and willfully ignorant,” a Salon writer raged.

Historians have been no less troubled about “this profound ignorance,” as Yale historian David Blight termed it. Likewise politicians. Rep. Cedric L. Richmond (D-La.), head of the Congressional Black Caucus, said Kelly “needs a history lesson.”

But what if they are not the ignorant ones? What if we are the ignorant ones, for assuming they are ignorant? What if the real “national crisis” is not Trump’s ignorance, but rather our own ignorance of how racist ideas propagate themselves in American society?….

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The Trans Pacific Partnership(TPP) will go ahead without America…

Donald Trump seems to have gambled on having a strong hand to keep ‘America First’ on this and lost….

One could wonder will his move give up American jobs and exports to other countries?

This can only help China in efforts to surpass America as the world’s biggest economy …

……On Saturday, the 11 remaining Pacific Rim countries agreed on a way forward — without the United States. The remaining bloc, whose trade totaled about $350 billionlast year, now has a blueprint to start trading more freely between themselves in a resurrected form of the deal.

There are still many details for the member countries — which include Mexico, Japan, Australia, and Canada — to work out. But the pact, called the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, looks a little different from when the US was part of the negotiations through the end of Barack Obama’s presidency.

About 20 provisions that were once part of the TPP talks have been “suspended,” according to a joint statement by the agreement’s member countries. And there are still four sticking points — including a commitment on coal that affects Brunei — to solve, but experts say a final deal could be announced as early as next year. Each country would still have to sign and ratify the deal to be a member of the agreement.

Ironically, the new deal was announced while many of the bloc’s leaders were with Trump during an international forum in Vietnam. On Friday, Trump gave a speech at the gathering where he said there were “trade abuses” in Asia that hurt the American worker. That was just one day after he accused China of “taking advantage” of the US in trade — and put the blame on past US administrations.

While Trump pursues an America First foreign and trade policy, it looks like at least 11 countries don’t mind leaving America alone….

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The North Korea’s ….”want to know if he’s crazy, “or if this is just an act.”

That’s what a is being reported by someone who has spoken to North Korea officals and has sat down with Politico, ….

Donald Trump has spend the last several months warning the North Korea’s that he was goona be tough against them if they pushed him….

But just tweeted that he was offended that North Korea President Kim Jong Un didn’t want to talk to him after he called him “short and fat”?

Donald Trump operates by throwning down at people to back them down, then he tries to get over…

It’s how he got the GOP nomination and became President….

But the same strategy doesn’t seem to be working with the North Koreans, who have become a nuclear power already and doesn’t seem to want to talk or give THAT power up….Like a lawyer ?…They seem to be using time as their advantage to wait out Trump who can’t figure out….

“They question his erratic behavior, and also his mounting problems here at home, with the investigation being conducted by Robert Mueller, and they are asking, ‘Why should we begin negotiations with the Trump administration, when Donald Trump may not be president much longer?’”

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White mainline Protestants and Catholics grow more supportive of candidate’s that commit “immoral acts”

The moral police are changing their direction?….

Things that would gotten a Republican in trouble years ago , won’t now….

Of course this focus is about Donald Trump and his women issues and  Alabama Republican Roy Moore and a 14 year old….

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Caution though….

The last two polls from Alabama about the Senate race have Democrat Doug Jones catching Roy Moore…..

Hmmmmm?

Many Americans answer this question differently now than they would have five years ago. And for white evangelical Protestants, it’s especially likely their opinion has changed.

That’s what a new PRRI/Brookings poll says. In 2011, 30 percent of white evangelicals said that “an elected official who commits an immoral act in their personal life can still behave ethically and fulfill their duties in their public and professional life.” Now, 72 percent say so — a far bigger swing than other religious groups the poll studied.

It’s just one poll, but it does suggest a sizable shift in how Americans of several religious stripes think about the connection between morality and politics. White evangelicals also are less likely than they used to be to say that “strong religious beliefs” are “very important” in a presidential candidate. That share fell from 64 percent in 2011 to 49 percent this year.

White mainline Protestants and Catholics also grew more accepting of a candidate who has committed “immoral acts,” while religiously unaffiliated people barely changed. Those “unaffiliated” people in 2011 had been much more willing than the broader population to believe candidates who had committed “immoral acts” could do their jobs. Now, they are in line with Americans as a whole. (The published results did not include data on other groups.)

There is no way to know what caused these shifts. That said, it’s difficult to see this outside of the context of the 2016 election, and in particular what role Donald Trump — fending off allegations of sexual misconduct — plays in it….

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Former US Intel people say Donald Trump is getting ‘played’ by Putin…

These guys are only finally saying out loud what most people have come to realize for a while….

Donald Trump for some reason unknown?

Is hell bent of getting in bed with the Russians….

He’s been President for 9 months and his mind STILL hasn’t changed…

If you read between the lines?

His National Security team KNOWS it is their job to ride herd on their boss to keep him from giving away the country…

Even Trump’s own CIA Director is on record as backing his departments assessment that the Russian’s HAVE been meddling in America’s political process….

Robert Mueller’s investigators maybe the great last hope on this since the Republicans in Congress ALSO know about Trump’s efforts but are afraid to confront their party leader for fear that getting rid of him would hurt their POLITICAL lives and admit that the American political system messed up in letting a guy assume the Presidency  who is untrustworthy and unqualified for the office….

There is also the fear that by removing him?

The office of the Presidency could/would be more tainted then it already is…

There is NOT doubt that Donald Trump IS being ‘play’….

Robert Mueller’s probes maybe the only way to find out why and how badly….

Two top former U.S. intelligence officials said Sunday that President Trump is being “played” by President Vladi­mir Putin on Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and accused him of being susceptible to foreign leaders who stroke his ego.

“By not confronting the issue directly and not acknowledging to Putin that we know you’re responsible for this, I think he’s giving Putin a pass,” former CIA director John Brennan said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I think it demonstrates to Mr. Putin that Donald Trump can be played by foreign leaders who are going to appeal to his ego and try to play upon his insecurities, which is very, very worrisome from a national security standpoint.”

Appearing on the same program, former director of national intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. said he agrees with that assessment.

“He seems very susceptible to rolling out the red carpet and honor guards and all the trappings and pomp and circumstance that come with the office, and I think that appeals to him, and I think it plays to his insecurities,” Clapper said.

Trump told reporters traveling with him in Asia that Putin had assured him at a conference in Danang, Vietnam, on Saturday that Russia did not interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, and he indicated that he believed Putin was sincere.

Later, in a news conference Sunday in Hanoi with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, Trump appeared to be trying to parse his earlier remarks, saying, “What I said is that I believe [Putin] believes that.”…

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The Republican ‘Last Hurrah Caucus’….

FiveThirtyEight puts a name on the Republican Senators that actually have veyo power of the Trump and fellow Republican’s in their chamber of Congress….

The piece rightly points out that the unoffical group doesn’t really act in concert ….

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But have been able to stop healthcare repeal efforts in it’s tracks several times…(They all have bona fided Conservative credentials..Their problem is with Trump…)

The next big test will be tax reform cuts, then immigration….

Republicans still have a majority of seats in the U.S. Senate. But they may no longer have a real governing majority on every issue.

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-electionin 2018 — an acknowledgement that his more moderate stances on issues like immigration and his sharp criticism of President Trump had made him a heavy underdog in the state’s Republican primary. Freed from the need to satisfy a conservative base, Flake can now vote and act however he wants for the next 14 months.

And he’s not the only Republican with this kind of freedom. Tennessee’s Bob Corker is retiring rather than seeking a third term next year. Arizona’s other senator, John McCain, was recently diagnosed with brain cancer and seems unlikely to run for reelection when he’s up again in 2022.

These three men are now effectively free-agents — electorally unbound from GOP voters and interest groups — at a time when Republicans have only a narrow 52-48 majority in the Senate.1 If any of the three becomes more likely to break with the party, passing legislation gets that much harder for Trump and the GOP leadership. And any bill on which all three join with Democrats is dead.

Corker, Flake and McCain, moreover, are Republicans more in the mold of George W. Bush and Mitt Romney than the president. All three seem to really hate Trump.

Or, as Susan Hennessy of the legal blog Lawfare put it after Flake’s announcement: “Corker, Flake, McCain. It would seem that, for most intents and purposes, Trump has lost McConnell his majority.”

Here are some of the big issues on which this new Corker-Flake-McCain bloc could cause the party problems. (Note: “Could” is the operative word there — Flake’s announcement makes the math work so that these three senators have the power to block legislation; that doesn’t mean they will. There are also a great many things Trump can do without congressional input.)…

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Trump AGAIN says he’ll belive’s Putin over the American Intel community…

Continuing  his view from last year, even as the President of the United States?

Donald Trump takes the word of the Russina President that his people did NOT get involved in last years elections…

Huh?

There is CONCRETE  evidence that agents and associates of the Russian government in fact DID use SEVERAL methods and sources to pass on information and rig on line datta to help HIM in his campaign against Hillary Clinton….

The Robert Mueller and Congressional investigation’s have the proof , which has come out in bits and piece’s….

The source’s involved where close staff memebers and even family memebers of Trump….

But we DO know that Donald Trump DOES tend rearrange reality to fit HIS way of thinking…

So if an ex-KGB Director Russian guy running a country says the planet is flat ?

Donald J. Trump is inclined to believe it…

(George W. Bush though Putin was a guy he could ‘work with’…He was wrong….)

He’s been fighting against the American government for a LONG time, eh?

“He said he didn’t meddle,” Trump said, answering questions in the press cabin on the Air Force One. “I asked him again. You can only ask so many times. … He said he absolutely did not meddle in our election. He did not do what they are saying he did.”

U.S. intelligence agencies have said Russian hackers stole thousands of emails from the Democratic National Committee and made them public, also spreading misinformation in an attempt to help Trump beat Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Trump, however, has said he does not believe that Russia actively sought to help him….

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Of course there is another reason Trump is inclined to want to admit the Russian’s helped him….

In doing so he would admitting that he did NOT beat  Hillary Clinton far and square on his own…

His ego comes out when anybody questions how, or if he actually won the job….

Or the pasrt about her getting almost 3 MILLION more votes than him, eh?

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CIA director stands by intel community assessment Russia meddled in election

CIA Director Mike Pompeo stands by US intelligence assessments that Russia meddled in the 2016 election, the agency said Saturday, despite President Donald Trump saying he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin when he says his country didn’t interfere.

“The Director stands by and has always stood by the January 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment entitled: Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent U.S. Elections,” the CIA said in a statement. “The intelligence assessment with regard to Russian election meddling has not changed.”…

 

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The Republican Party as we knew it is gone.

Kurt Bardella @ CNN has an opinion piece out from October that reasons that the Grand Ole party is being taken over by the Trump movemnet that is following a New York City Real Estate guy, who has no fucking idea about what he’s doing and has a altered view reality….

Bardella points out that Republican lawmakers who point out the misgivings of following the guy have to either quit, or NOT be up for re-election next year…..

The rest?….. in efforts to keep their jobs?….

Have lost their balls….

With Flake's retirement, a battle for the soul of democracy

Quite frankly, the Republican Party gave Bannon this opening when it abandoned its core principles and morality last June and clapped like trained seals as Donald Trump accepted the Republican nomination for president of the United States.
That night in Cleveland, anger became the choice policy of the GOP.
Hate became the rallying cry of far too many conservatives.
Cowardice and fear swept through everyone else who quietly shook their heads but kept their mouths shut.
And now the Republican Party as we knew it is gone. It is a thing of the past. There is no going back. The silence of the majority has eroded the moral fabric of the Republican Party.
Why is it that the only elected representatives of the Republican Party in Washington who are willing to speak out against the dangers posed daily by Trump are either suffering from brain cancer or retiring from office?
In the absence of a genuine leadership, people are left to congregate around whoever is left that is willing to step up to the mic.
The Republican Party’s failure to stand up to Trump, Bannon and certain elements of the Republican base has only helped fuel their rise.
Ironically, those Republican members of Congress who had hoped their silence would buy them electoral stability are in for a rude awakening as Bannon launches a broad and expansive assault to defeat them in 2018.
He likely won’t win all those races, but he doesn’t really expect to. Ideally, Bannon’s “league of extraordinary candidates” will win just enough seats to completely disrupt Congress and hold every member hostage until their demands are met.
This is the new reality for the Republican Party….
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Trump wants Roy Moore to step down if allegations are true..

That puts Trump AGAIN against the Roy Moore in Alabama , the state where the vote comes from for the open US Senate seat…

President Donald Trump believes Roy Moore would step aside from the Alabama Senate race if allegations that he initiated sexual encounters with minors are true, his spokeswoman said.

“Like most Americans, the president believes that we cannot allow a mere allegation — in this case, one from many years ago — to destroy a person’s life,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Air Force One Friday while the president was traveling from China to Vietnam.

“However, the president also believes that if these allegations are true, Judge Moore will do the right thing and step aside,” Sanders said….

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Alabama state Rep. Ed Henry (R) lashed out at Roy Moore’s accusers and Republicans who said the U.S. Senate candidate should back out of the special election in an interview with the Cullman Times.

He said he believes “legal action should be considered against Moore’s accusers, finding their story unbelievable.”

Said Henry: “If they believe this man is predatory, they are guilty of allowing him to exist for 40 years. I think someone should prosecute and go after them. You can’t be a victim 40 years later, in my opinion.”…

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