Mitch McConnell Says Roy Moore Should Step Down, Like Now

Ad failed to load

Following allegations that a Republican congressional candidate in Alabama sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl decades ago, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called on Roy Moore to "step aside." Speaking to reporters in Kentucky on Monday, McConnell said he believes the woman who alleged Moore acted inappropriately toward her when she was a teen and he was in his 30s. Now, McConnell claims Republican leaders are contemplating a write-in option for the Dec. 12 special election.

Along with the Senate majority leader, multiple Republicans have said Moore should exit the race after a Washington Post story published Thursday alleged he made sexual advances to four teenage girls as an adult (Moore denies all the allegations). Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan tweeted Sunday: "He is unfit for office and should step aside. Americans are better than this."

However, Moore claims the allegations are a Democratic ploy to derail his campaign and used them as a fundraising tactic. "The forces of evil will lie, cheat, steal — even inflict physical harm — if they believe it will silence and shut up Christian conservatives like you and me," he wrote in a fundraising email asking for an "emergency contribution" the same night the Washington Post story hit.

Ad failed to load

In the following days, Moore's denials took different shapes. He told Fox News' Sean Hannity on Friday that the claims were "completely false and misleading." Later in the same interview, he said: “I’m not going to dispute anything, but I don’t remember anything like that. I don’t remember ever dating any girl without the permission of her mother."

The Washington Post named Moore's accusers and had two dozen additional sources backing them up. Nevertheless, Moore and his supporters claim it was all made up to keep a conservative out of office. In fact, 37 percent of evangelical voters in the area said they're more likely to vote for Moore now, according to a JMC Analytics poll.

Ad failed to load

Despite calls to step down from powerful Republicans he would have to work with in the Senate, Moore has not indicated that he's willing to do so.

"These allegations came only four-and-a-half weeks before the election,” Moore said on Saturday. "That’s not a coincidence. It’s an intentional act to stop a campaign ... We do not intend to let the Democrats or the establishment Republicans or anybody else behind this story stop this campaign."

Ad failed to load

Along with questioning why the allegations surfaced so close to the election, Moore has also said it's "absolutely unbelievable" that "grown women would wait 40 years" to come forward about alleged child abuse. The four women named in the Washington Post story claim Moore made sexual advances when they were between the ages of 14 and 18, which The Post says the women found "troubling as they got older."

As McConnell confirmed Monday, Republican leaders are considering supporting a write-in candidate for the upcoming election. "That's an option we're looking at, whether or not there is someone who can mount a write-in campaign successfully," McConnell said. Politico reports Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski is encouraging Alabama Sen. Luther Strange to think about the possibility.

Murkowski famously won back her seat in Congress as a write-in candidate in 2010, when she lost the party nomination to a Tea Party candidate. She became the first U.S. Senate candidate to win a write-in campaign in at least 50 years.

Ad failed to load

Republicans could back a write-in candidate whether Moore steps aside or not. Although Alabama is a strong red state, offering two conservative choices on the ballot has the potential to split the Republican vote and result in a Democratic victory. And after a weekend news cycle focused on the allegations against Moore, his opponent, Doug Jones, had pulled ahead in the polls by Monday.

Ad failed to load
Must Reads

Everything Leaving & Coming To Netflix In June To Help Get Your Summer Started

Summer is right around the corner, and so is another batch of streaming options to get excited about. On Wednesday, everything leaving and coming to Netflix in June 2018 was announced by the streaming platform. And don't worry, there's something for …
By Jamie Primeau

The 5 Rom-Coms You Need To Read This Summer, According To Someone Who Writes Them

'Tis the season for rom-coms. The weather is warm, the sun is shining, and everyone is rocking the flirtiest items in their wardrobe. I don't know about you, but summer always takes me back to my teenage years — and that automatically makes me want t…
By Cristina Arreola

11 Tiny Sunglasses That Will Make You Look Even Cooler Than Kylie Jenner

You know what they say — the tinier the sunglasses, the more stylish the outfit. OK, that's not really a saying, but it seems to be the case these days. Basically every celebrity, model, and It person has been spotted sporting tiny sunglasses as part…
By Sara Tan

9 Ways This Royal Wedding Was Way More Modern Than Past Ones

The newly named Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, made history with their storybook courtship and wedding. What's more, there are myriad ways the royal wedding 2018 was more modern than previous royal weddings. From deciding…
By Brandi Neal

10 Little-Known British Traditions Meghan Markle Will Learn When She Marries Prince Harry

As an American woman dating a Brit, I am no stranger to the mishaps that can result from the cultural differences between the U.S. and England. And while I'm sure Meghan Markle has a slew of royal traditions to learn, titles to remember, and fancy ha…
By Kristin Magaldi

I've Paid $18,000 To A $24,000 Student Loan, & I Still Owe $24,000

It all became real the summer before my senior year of college. It was 2010, and my home phone still had a cord, which I wrapped around my fingers as I waited not-so-patiently for the apathetic representative on the other end to tell me the bad news …
By Kaitlyn Cawley

12 Personality Quizzes That Will Help You Determine Your Exact Strengths

Learning more about yourself can be tough. It's so easy to observe others to learn what makes them tick, what areas they really excel in, and the things they could be better at. Doing that to yourself, however, is a whole different story. That's exac…
By Jessica Booth

5 Brand New Short Story Collections You Can Finish In One Sitting This Weekend

Since 2013, May has been known by book-lovers by another name: Short Story Month. If you're ready to kick off this year's celebration the right way, make sure to pick up a short story collection to read over the weekend. Modern life moves more than …
By Sadie Trombetta

I Got Styled By 'Queer Eye's Tan France & Realized I Still Have A Lot Of Fashion "Rules" To Unlearn

When I walked into a New York City Express store on May 2 to get styled by Queer Eye's Tan France, I was ready for anything. And I mean truly anything. I am such a massive fan of the show and Tan that if he had instructed me to wrap myself in tin foi…
By Olivia Muenter

It Isn’t Bad To Have A “Princess Fantasy” — Mine Made Me The Woman I Am Today

What do you want to be when you grow up? If you were anything like me as a kid, at some point, the answer to that question was "a princess." Thanks to good old-fashioned gender stereotypes, most little girls born in the '90s (and even now) grew up in…
By Nicole Pomarico

Here’s How To Get A FREE 30-Minute Facial At Sephora That Sucks Your Pores Clean

Sephora has long been a mecca for both serious and amateur beauty lovers alike, where they not only have makeup artists that help answer questions about products, but free samples to let you play with new collections. But now they have upped the ante…
By Marlen Komar

Kris Jenner Is FINALLY Launching A Makeup Line With Kylie

Maybe you don't have a favorite sister of the Kar-Jenner clan, and that's perfectly fine. The one thing you can't deny, though, is that when it comes power, no one in that family has more than the world famous momager. Now, Kris Jenner x Kylie Cosmet…
By Shea Simmons

This Kendall Jenner “Diva” Moment Is Really Being Taken Out Of Context

The fashion always takes center stage at the Met Gala, but there's usually a little drama, too. And this time, a member of the Kardashian-Jenner family is involved. People are buzzing about how Kendall Jenner shoved someone at the Met Gala, but after…
By Nicole Pomarico

Feel Like You've Seen Everything On Netflix? Add These Movies To Your Watch List

The weekend may feel too far away, but if you're lacking formal plans, a Netflix marathon session is always a good idea. If you're an avid viewer, however, you probably feel like you've seen everything the streaming platform has to offer already. In …
By Ashley Rey

These 4 Zodiac Signs Are Going To Have The Best Luck In Love This May

Spring fever is here, but not all signs in the zodiac are dealt the same dose of lovin'. Some signs are going to have a better love lives than the rest of us in May, because that's just the way the cookie crumbles. According to astrologer Linda Furia…
By Kaitlyn Wylde

Hillary Clinton Says She's Ready To Fight Like A Republican — EXCLUSIVE

Hillary Clinton Is Not Going Away Quietly. Can Hillary Clinton Please Go Quietly Into The Night? Unlike Losers Before Her, Clinton Is Not Going Gently Into the Night. These headlines, which appeared in various news outlets over the course of the last…
By Catherine Thompson and Jenny Hollander

Here's The Very Best Time To Book Your Summer Vacation If You're Trying To Save Money

Summer is a great time to travel, for obvious reasons. The weather is better. Many offices are more lax about time off. If you have kids, they’re out of school. But there’s one very important element that makes summer not a great time to travel: Cost…
By Emma McGowan