Roy Moore says liberal, LGBTQ ‘conspiracy’ to blame for sex abuse allegations

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Senate candidate Roy Moore is blaming a “conspiracy” of LGBTQ people and liberals for the allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

Moore, 70, spoke Wednesday at a campaign event in an Alabama church, Vice News reported. Despite accusations that Moore engaged in sexual misconduct with teenagers while he was in his 30s, polls from this week say he’s ahead of his Democratic opponent, Doug Jones.

“I’m still leading. And they tried unsuccessfully,” Moore said. “They’ve tried unsuccessfully to change that. They’ve done everything.”

He continued: “When I say ‘they,’ who are they? They’re liberals. They don’t want conservative values. They’re the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender [individuals] who want to change our culture. They’re socialists who want to change our way of life… They’re the Washington establishment.”

Moore also said he believes a “drug dealer” he held in contempt while he was a deputy district attorney in the 1980s is “at the heart of this conspiracy,” since “drugs are at the base of it.”

One woman said she was 14 years old when Moore, who was 32 at the time, had sexual contact with her. Another woman said Moore attempted to rape her when she was 16. At least three women said Moore pursued relationships with them when he was an adult and they were teenagers, the Washington Post reported.

Moore previously asserted the women’s accusations were an attempt to sabotage his campaign.

While some Republicans have withdrawn their support for Moore, others—including President Donald Trump—have continued to support and defend the candidate.

Although Trump won’t be campaigning in Alabama for Moore, the president on Sunday tweeted to criticize Jones, Moore’s opponent.

Kris Seavers

Kris Seavers

Kris Seavers is the Evening Editor for the Daily Dot, where she covers breaking news, politics, and LGBTQ issues. Her work has appeared in Central Texas publications, including Austin Monthly and San Antonio Magazine, and on NPR.