Bannon compares Moore allegations to Trump 'Access Hollywood' tape
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Stephen Bannon compared an explosive Washington Post report alleging that Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl in 1979 to the "Access Hollywood" tape showing President Trump making lewd comments about women.

CBS News reported that Bannon, the former Trump White House chief strategist, made the comments during a speech in New Hampshire, remarking that the Post investigation was similar to the explosive leak of the "Access Hollywood" tape during the 2016 presidential campaign.

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"By the way, the Bezos Amazon Washington Post that dropped that dime on Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpRand's reversal advances Pompeo New allegations could threaten Trump VA pick: reports President Trump puts on the pageantry for Macron’s visit MORE is the same Bezos Amazon Washington Post that dropped a dime this afternoon on Judge Roy Moore," Bannon said Thursday.

"Is that a coincidence?" he asked.

In an explosive story published Thursday, a woman told the Post that Moore initiated sexual contact with her in 1979 when serving as an assistant district attorney. Moore was 32 at the time while the woman was 14.

The woman said Moore took off his clothes as well as her shirt and pants, touching her over her bra and underwear and guiding her hand to touch him over his underpants. She said they did not have intercourse.

Bannon added Thursday that the Post's investigation was an element of Democrats and the mainstream media's "politics of self-destruction."

"That's what I mean when I say it's the opposition party. It's purely part of the apparatus of the opposition party. It's not a fair and free media anymore," Bannon said.

"I don't like it. But I think it's a strange coincidence," he said.

Moore denied the allegations in a statement to the Post. He is set to face Democrat Doug Jones in a special election for a Senate seat in Alabama in December.

“These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign,” Moore said.