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Donald Trump-backed Senate candidate: ‘The transgenders don’t have rights’

Jess Glass November 10, 2017
FAIRHOPE, AL - SEPTEMBER 25: Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Alabama, Roy Moore, speaks at a campaign rally on September 25, 2017 in Fairhope, Alabama. Moore is running in a primary runoff election against incumbent Luther Strange for the seat vacated when Jeff Sessions was appointed U.S. Attorney General by President Donald Trump. The runoff election is scheduled for September 26. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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Anti-LGBT+ Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore has heavily criticised transgender rights in a press conference attacking his opponent.

This was then followed by Moore using recent sexual abuse allegations to support fundraising efforts for his campaign.

The former chief justice held a press conference this week where he received the formal support from thirteen of Alabama’s sheriffs.

In this press conference, Moore attacked his Democratic opponent Doug Jones for his support for LGBT+ people.

A particular criticism was aimed at Jones’ support for transgender people, with Moore saying: “The transgenders don’t have rights.”

“They’ve never been denominated as having rights by the U.S. Supreme Court. [Jones] believes in transgender bathrooms and transgenders in the military. I disagree with him 100 percent.”

Throughout his tenure as a chief justice and his subsequent dismissal for repeatedly trying to prevent equal marriage in Alabama, Moore has continuously been against rights for LGBT+ people.

The Trump supported US Senate candidate has previously said that transgender people are mentally ill.

FAIRHOPE, AL - SEPTEMBER 25: Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Alabama, Roy Moore, speaks at a campaign rally on September 25, 2017 in Fairhope, Alabama. Moore is running in a primary runoff election against incumbent Luther Strange for the seat vacated when Jeff Sessions was appointed U.S. Attorney General by President Donald Trump. The runoff election is scheduled for September 26. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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During his election campaign for the vacant seat in the US Senate, Moore has also said that homosexuality should be illegal.

On Thursday, significant allegations involving sexual abuse of a 14-year-old were made against Moore following an investigation by the Washington Post.

In a statement aboard Air Force One, President Trump said that Moore “will do the right thing and step aside” if the allegations of sexual abuse were proved to be true.

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell echoed this statement, saying: “If these allegations are true, he must step aside.”

In the wake of these allegations, Moore sent a fundraising email to his supporters.

An email sent on behalf of Roy Moore’s campaign in the light of recent allegations (Photo: @jaminsays / Twitter)

The email referenced “filthy and sleazy attacks” from the Democrats and later went on to ask supporters to help by “chipping in a donation” to assist Moore’s campaign.

Moore continued by saying: “I refuse to stand down.”

MONTGOMERY, AL - SEPTEMBER 26: Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Alabama, Roy Moore speaks to reporters at an election-night rally after declaring victory on September 26, 2017 in Montgomery, Alabama. Moore, former chief justice of the Alabama supreme court, defeated incumbent Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL) in a primary runoff election for the seat vacated when Jeff Sessions was appointed U.S. Attorney General by President Donald Trump. Moore will now face Democratic candidate Doug Jones in the general election in December. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Whilst Moore is able to resign or be fired, the Alabama Republican party are unable to replace him on the ballot as the ballots themselves have been printed and sent to those requiring a postal vote.

A write-in candidate is possible should Moore resign or be fired, but write-in candidates have not historically performed as well as a traditionally selected candidate.

This may mean that the Republican party would risk losing the election should they fire Moore or if he resigns in the wake of these allegations.

The Democrats have not won a Senate election in Alabama since 1990.

The election will be held on December 12.

More: alabama, Alabama Senate race, Donald Trump, Politics, President Trump, roy moore, Senate, Trump, US, US, US Senate

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