Fox News host Sean Hannity called for
Roy Moore, the
Republican candidate running for Alabama’s open Senate seat, to
withdraw from the race if he cannot clear up allegations that
he sexually abused teenage girls when he was in his 30s.
The change in Hannity’s tune comes after several
companies pulled their
advertisements from his Fox News program and radio
show over his coverage of the allegations of four
women published in The Washington Post last week. On
Sunday, a fifth woman came
forward to say Moore sexually assaulted her when she
was 16 and he was in his 30s.
″For me, the judge has 24 hours,” Hannity said Tuesday night.
“He must immediately and fully come up with a satisfactory
explanation for your inconsistencies that I just showed. You
must remove any doubt. If he can’t do that, then Judge Moore
needs to get out of this race.”
As women came forward last week accusing Moore of sexual abuse,
Hannity seemed to defend the Republican candidate. He moderated a segment
on the myth that women often lie about sexual harassment, and
he even appeared to suggest that Moore’s relations with
teenagers may have been “consensual.” He later apologized for the
latter comment, saying he “misspoke.”
Multiple Republicans in Congress, including Senate Majority
Leader Mitch McConnell, have
called for Moore to drop out of the race. The Republican
National Committee pulled its funding
from Moore’s campaign on Tuesday.
Moore has denied the women’s allegations and has vowed to stay
in the race, which will send Alabama voters to the polls Dec.
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