Paul Ryan speaks during a news conference. (Credit: AP/J. Scott Applewhite)
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said the sexual harassment allegations levied against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore are “credible” and that he should step aside on Tuesday. The words represented the Republican leader’s most firm position on the matter to date.
“No. 1: These allegations are credible. No. 2: If he cares about the values and the people he claims to care about, then he should step aside,” Ryan said during a House GOP leadership press conference, according to the Huffington Post. His position aligned with that of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and several other members of the GOP.
Last week, Ryan said Moore’s alleged actions were merely “disqualifying, if true.”
A total of five women have now openly accused Moore of making unwanted sexual advances on them while they were teenagers, but Moore has explicitly denied the allegations in totality.
“The good people of Alabama, not the Washington elite who wallow in the swamp, will decide this election! #DitchMitch,” Moore tweeted Tuesday afternoon.
The good people of Alabama, not the Washington elite who wallow in the swamp, will decide this election! #DitchMitch