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- First daughter Ivanka Trump delivered a rebuke of Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for Alabama’s open senate seat.
- Moore is accused of sexual misconduct with teenage girls.
- “There’s a special place in hell for people who prey on children,” Trump said.
First daughter Ivanka Trump joined Republican leaders and delivered a stinging assessment of the ongoing sexual assault scandal surrounding Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for Alabama’s open senate seat.
“There’s a special place in hell for people who prey on children,” Trump said, according to an Associated Press report published Wednesday. “I’ve yet to see a valid explanation and I have no reason to doubt the victims’ accounts.”
Her statement follows a wave of criticism from lawmakers in both parties. The scandal has caused several Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, to distance themselves from Moore. Speaking to reporters on Monday, McConnell said that he believed the accusations and said that Moore “should step aside” from the Senate race.
The Washington Post initially published the accounts of several women who alleged that Moore had previously initiated sexual encounters when they were underage, some as young as 14.
Moore was reportedly in his 30s and was working for the district attorney’s office at the time.
Following The Post’s report, several more women emerged, recounting their stories of Moore’s alleged harassment. Moore’s representatives have continued to deny the allegations and accused the women of conspiring with his opposition.
Alabama’s special Senate election is scheduled for December 12.