In a statement released Monday, Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) said Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore should be expelled from office if elected. Gardner’s statement comes directly after a fifth woman has publicly alleged that Moore sexually assaulted her.
Flanked by celebrity attorney Gloria Allred at a press conference in New York City, Beverly Young Nelson said Moore sexually assaulted her when she was a teenager. After Moore allegedly forced himself upon her in his car, Nelson claims he told her no one would believe her story.
“You are a child,” Nelson claims Moore said. “I am the district attorney of Etowah County. If you tell anyone about this, no one will believe you.”
As proof of her claims, Nelson says Moore signed her high school yearbook. If true, this could establish that the Alabama Republican knew her when the incident allegedly occurred. Allred says Nelson is willing to testify under oath and called upon the Senate Judiciary Committee to subpoena Moore about these allegations.
“I believe the individuals speaking out against Roy Moore spoke with courage and truth, proving he is unfit to serve in the United States Senate and he should not run for office,” Gardner said in a statement released by the National Republican Senate Committee, which he chairs. “If he refuses to withdraw and wins, the Senate should vote to expel him, because he does not meet the ethical and moral requirements of the United States Senate.”
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) November 13, 2017
Four other women have come forward recently to say Moore acted inappropriately towards them when they were teenagers. This includes one woman who says she was 14 years old when Moore forced himself on her. Moore claims he is innocent of all allegations and will sue the Washington Post, whose initial article precipitated an avalanch of negative coverage about the man famed for his religious commitment.
“My opponent is 11 points behind,” Moore said at a Veterans’ Day event over the weekend. “This article is a prime example of fake news. An attempt to divert attention from the true issues that effect the country like health care, military readiness, tax reform, or national debt.”