GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama has attributed the numerous allegations of sexual misconduct against him to LGBTQ Americans. Speaking before a church congregation, the Senate candidate asserted that the allegations against him were fabricated by a liberal "conspiracy."
On Nov. 29, Moore spoke before the Magnolia Springs Baptist Church in Alabama. The Senate candidate has been accused of sexual misconduct by eight women, two of which alleged that he sexually assaulted them when they were minors. Moore, who has repeatedly denied the allegations, went further than he had before to assert that the women were lying to support "Democrats pushing a liberal agenda."
"When I say they who are 'they?'" Moore continued, according to BuzzFeed News. "They're liberals. They don't hold conservative values. They are the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender who want to change our culture. They are socialists who want to change our way of life and put man above God and the government is our God. They're the Washington establishment ... who don't want to lose their power."
One audience member interrupted Moore to ask: "The entire time, all the girls are lying? ... Why would they lie?"
Another man in the crowd reportedly fired back: "Does that look like the face of a molester? ... That's a man's man."
The attendee who had questioned Moore's denial was removed from the service. Moore announced that anyone else who interrupted him would be turned over to the police.
At least eight women have accused Moore of inappropriate sexual behavior. Leigh Corfman alleged that the GOP candidate molested her when she was 14 in 1979. Beverly Young Nelson alleged that he sexually assaulted her in his vehicle after offering her a ride home when she was 16, according to Newsweek.
While Senate Republicans called on Moore to step down from the Alabama race amid the allegations, President Donald Trump has defended Moore and indirectly endorsed him.
On Nov. 21, Trump suggested that the accusations accusations against Moore were false, The New York Times reports.
"He totally denies it. ... He says it didn't happen," Trump said. "You have to listen to him, also."
During the 2016 election, Trump was accused of sexual harassment or assault by nearly 20 women. He has denied the allegations and the current White House position is that all of the women are lying, according to The Guardian.
Moore has a controversial history on LGBTQ rights. As the former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, he was removed from the court after refusing to uphold a ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. In 2005, he stated during an interview that he believed homosexuality should be illegal and equated it to bestiality, CNN reports.
On Nov. 29, a survey conducted by JMC Analytics found that 48 percent of Alabama voters planned to cast a ballot for Moore while 43 percent supported Democrat candidate Doug Jones. And 29 percent of respondents said that the allegations against Moore made them more likely to support him, according to National Review.
The Alabama special election will be held on Dec. 12.