As Carlson has pointed out, the issue of sexual harassment and assault aren't exclusive to one party, nor are they to one industry or country. One woman said she was 14 years old when Moore initiated sexual contact with her.
Bash countered: Why won't Trump simply call for Moore to step aside?
They also serve a distinct political goal: expanding the focus from alleged sexual actions by a Republican candidate to Democrats as well, effectively making the topic of sexual harassment a bipartisan liability.
"The Al Frankenstien picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words", Trump tweeted.
"They're not only untrue, but they have no evidence to support them", Moore said in Birmingham, Alabama. In interviews on Thursday and Friday, Tweeden accepted the apology and said on "Good Morning America" that she was not calling for him to step down. Leeann Tweeden, a newscaster and former model, wrote on a post on the KABC website on Thursday in which she said Franken kissed and groped her without her consent during a 2006 USO tour.
Implicit in the Trump approach is his and his aides' confidence that he has absorbed the political damage from his own past, while Democrats, who depend heavily on women voters, may have more to lose now.
A "Lesley Stahl tape" Trump mentioned in his second tweet refers to a New York Magazine story about a "Saturday Night Live" writers discussion where Franken suggests a joke about raping Leslie Stahl, a "60 Minutes" correspondent.
Franken's alleged misconduct occurred not long after he had moved home to Minnesota from NY, and was already positioning himself to run for Senate in 2008, a race that he narrowly won after a recount.
Republican leaders in Congress have called on Moore to exit the race, and the Republican National Committee cut off fundraising ties to Moore's campaign this week.
The response came immediately, and from many directions, on social media. "Roy Moore spent more time chatting up young girls at the mall than Santa Claus".
"He thinks that the people of Alabama should make the decision on who their next senator should be", Sanders said of the president, who dodged questions from reporters on the subject twice earlier in the week.
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