Former NBA star Charles Barkley weighed in on the Alabama Senate race Saturday, saying embattled Republican candidate Roy Moore should be disqualified from the race because of his association with former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon. He shot way up in the polls but it wasn't enough.
Moore is facing accusations that he pursued romantic relationships with several women when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s, including one woman who alleges she was 14 at the time she said Moore touched her inappropriately.
Thune said, however, if Moore wins his race "there's going to immediately be an ethics investigation which is going to be a cloud that he'll be operating in".
One Republican senator and sometime Trump critic, Lindsey Graham of SC, said Sunday that having Moore on the ballot was a lose-lose proposition for the party.
How do you express support for a candidate who has been accused of sexually assaulting and harassing teenage girls?
Roy Moore for Alabama governor? (Maybe)
A few hours later, Jones issued a statement that made no mention of Trump's tweet and instead took aim at Moore, calling him "unfit for office" even before the allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced.
Limbaugh's remarks come after a fifth woman on Monday accused Moore of sexual misconduct when she was a minor. But interviews with operatives close to the judge's campaign, state representatives, and longtime Alabama politicos suggest otherwise.
Every other high-profile Republican in Washington recoiled from Moore's candidacy, including Vice President Mike Pence and the president's daughter Ivanka Trump.
"We were advised that he was being suspended from the mall because he would hang around the young girls that worked in the stores and, you know, really got into a place of where they say he was harassing". Luther Strange on Twitter, then deleted some of those tweets after Strange lost the runoff in September.
Top Republicans in Congress, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, have called for Moore to leave the race, and the Republican National Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee have pulled their support for his campaign.