GOP strategist and former John McCain presidential operative Steve Schmidt warned Republican candidates facing re-election in 2018 will be essentially be saddled with accused child molester Roy Moore as a running mate in the midterms.
Appearing on MSNBC with host Nicolle Wallace, Schmidt jumped from talking about the Monday onslaught of President Donald Trump’s sexual abuse accusers, to the election in Alabama on Tuesday where former Judge Roy Moore hopes to win a seat in the U.S. Senate despite being dogged by multiple accusations of sexual assault.
According to Schmidt, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ claim that sexual abuse charges against Trump have already been “litigated” is clearly wrong and the allegations will linger on into the midterms.
“The question of whether these women’s accusations [against Trump] have been heard, have been vetted, have been litigated in the court of public opinion, certainly they have not, until now,” Schmidt asserted. “So this discussion, I suspect, is going to continue to go forward so long as this massive hypocrisy continues to surround this White House on these issues.”
He then added, “Of course, tomorrow we will find out the answer,” before discussing Moore.
“Can a credibly accused child molester be elected to the United States Senate,” he asked. “If the answer to that question is ‘yes,’ there will be profound implications for the Republican Party, for Republicans running in any suburban-leaning district. Roy Moore then becomes the most famous Republican in the land next to Donald Trump and becomes the face of the Republican brand heading into 2018.”
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