Trump endorses candidate accused of child molestation

Leigh Corfman
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(ABC) - President Trump endorsed embattled Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore Monday morning, tweeting:

"Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama. We need his vote on stopping crime, illegal immigration, Border Wall, Military, Pro Life, V.A., Judges 2nd Amendment and more. No to Jones, a Pelosi/Schumer Puppet!"
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2017

The president's endorsement comes despite Moore facing multiple accusations of sexual misconduct from several different women, including the accusation that Moore molested a 14-year-old child in 1979 when he was 32 years old.

The alleged victim, Leigh Corfman, described multiple encounters with Moore in an interview with the Washington Post in November. Corfman's mother said they first encountered Moore outside an Alabama courthouse where he offered to watch 14-year-old Leigh while her mother attended a child custody hearing inside.

Corfman says she agreed to spend time with the Republican Senate candidate on multiple occasions. During that time, Moore allegedly kissed the 14-year-old child, took her to his house, and gave the teen alcohol. Corfman described the most serious accusation in some detail, in this excerpt from the Washington Post:

"She says that Moore drove her back to the same house after dark and that before long she was lying on a blanket on the floor. She remembers Moore disappearing into another room and coming out with nothing on but “tight white” underwear.

She remembers that Moore kissed her, that he took off her pants and shirt, and that he touched her through her bra and underpants. She says that he guided her hand to his underwear and that she yanked her hand back." - The Washington Post. (Full article link below)

Moore denies those things ever happened, saying, “These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign,” Moore, now 70, said.

To support his argument that Corfman is lying, he points to the fact that she went so long without going public with the accusations. He also says the timing of her coming forward is suspect. He says Corfman is working for the Democrats to steal a Senate seat from Republicans.

But Corfman says she's voted Republican in the last three presidential elections. That includes throwing her support behind Donald Trump, only to have him back the man she says molested her when she was 14-years-old.

Moore faces Democrat Doug Jones in the election, which will be held Dec. 12.

Read the entire Washington Post article here.