Senator denies double standard in Democrat response to Moore allegations
Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) on Sunday dismissed the notion that Democrats are applying a double standard in their responses to allegations of sexual assault against former President Bill Clinton and the recent allegations that Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore (R) had a sexual encounter with an underage woman.
“I don’t think there is any double standard here,” Van Hollen said on “Fox News Sunday.”
“You’re also talking in this case, you know, about allegations of child sexual abuse. We know what the allegations are. The people of Alabama will have to look at the facts, search their conscience, and make a decision,” he continued.
Host Chris Wallace pointed out that Democrats supported Clinton as president even after allegations of sexual assault and harassment were made against him.
He also said that Clinton “basically admitted that he had lied to the country about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky,” but that Democrats still pushed back against impeachment.
The Washington Post reported last week that a woman, Leigh Corfman, said that Moore initiated a sexual encounter with her in 1979, when she was 14 years old and Moore was 32.
Moore on Friday strongly denied the allegations against him as backlash mounted.
“I don’t know Ms. Corfman from anybody. I never talked to her, never had any contact with her. Allegations of sexual misconduct with her are completely false,” Moore said on Sean Hannity’s radio show.
“I believe they are politically motivated. I believe they are brought only to stop a very successful campaign, and that’s what they are doing. I’ve never known this woman,” he added.
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