Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., joined the ranks of those calling on Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore to step aside based on the sexual misconduct allegations against him, when just a few weeks ago the senator testified at Democrat Sen. Bob Menendez’s corruption trial.
Menendez, who Graham called an “honorable guy,” has been accused of engaging in a multitude of illicit activities, including sexual encounters with underage teenage prostitutes.
According to Breitbart, Graham told reporters, “I suggested it would be best for him, the state, his family, the GOP and the country, if he stepped aside. I just think there’s no good outcome for Mr. Moore. Even if you win, you lose, because you are coming to a body where people are already calling for your expulsion.”
The senator also tweeted that same day, that in light of the most recent allegations made against the candidate on Monday, he should leave the race.
In light of the most recent allegations and the cumulative effect of others, I believe #RoyMoore would be doing himself, the state, the GOP, and the country a service by stepping aside.
If he continues this will not end well for Mr. Moore.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) November 13, 2017
Beverly Young Nelson claimed at a press conference in New York City on Monday that Moore groped her after offering her a ride home in the 1970s.
“I was terrified. He was also trying to pull my shirt off. I thought he was going to rape me,” said Nelson, who was 16 at the time of the alleged incident.
Attorney Gloria Allred also held up a yearbook, which she said was signed by Moore, with the inscription, “To a sweeter more beautiful girl I could not say, ‘Merry Christmas’ Christmas 1977. Love, Roy Moore. D.A. 12-22-77. Olde Hickory House.”
Moore responded to the latest accusation on Monday saying, “I can tell you without hesitation, this is absolutely false. I never did what she said I did. I don’t even know the woman. I don’t know anything about her.”
“I don’t even know where the restaurant is or was,” he added. “This is a political maneuver. It has nothing to do with reality. It’s all about politics.”