GOP Sen. John Thune of South Dakota said Sunday that he thinks President Donald Trump should use his influence to force Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore to step aside if he wins the state’s special election Dec. 12.
“If Moore wins and he comes into the Senate in January, there will immediately be an ethics investigation. It will be a cloud that he’ll be operating in, and it will be a distraction to our agenda,” Moore told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.”
“The president can obviously speak for himself … but the alternative, as I said, is not good either. The president, to the degree he wants to use his influence in this race, could help everybody out to try and get Roy Moore to step aside,” he told Wallace.
Moore currently finds himself at odds not only with Thune, but also with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republican leadership and a number of senators over reports that he sexually harassed and inappropriately touched at least a handful of young women in Alabama dating back to the 1970s.
Moore lost a steadfast lead in the polls after The Washington Post reported the sexual harassment allegations. Real Clear Politics polling average has Moore down against Democratic candidate Doug Jones roughly 1 percentage point as of Sunday.
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