“There’s a special place in hell for people who prey on children,”Ivanka Trump saidin an interview with The Associated Press that published Wednesday. “I’ve yet to see a valid explanation, and I have no reason to doubt the victims’ accounts.”
The president’s daughter and adviser did not say whether Moore should exit the race.
Republicansare trying to figure out what to do about Moore, who has refused to drop out of the Senate race despite recent allegations that he pursued or sexually assaulted teenagers when he was in his 30s. Several party leaders, including Senate Majority LeaderMitch McConnell(R-Ky.), havecalled on Moore to drop out.
In a news conference Wednesday, President Trump walked out on reporters as they asked him whether Moore should be allowed to stay in the race. Without Trump’s guidance, it’s nowup to the Alabama Republican Party’s steering committeeto decide whether to disqualify Moore as a candidate.
The president’s silence may have something to do with the fact that he, too, was accused during his campaign of sexual assault and harassment by 16 women. Trump has long insisted that those women are lying. Hethreatened to sue them during his campaign and denied all of their allegationsagain last month, calling them “fake news” and “made-up stuff.”
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.