During an information session at the White House on Tuesday, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was questioned about why President Trump decided on Monday to explicitly endorse the US Senate's candidacy to Roy Moore, a former homophobic and Islamophobic judge who He has been accused of sexual misconduct. for eight women, including child sexual abuse.
The talking point that Sanders used to elude questions about Trump's endorsement is whether or not it is morally acceptable for a supposed child molester to serve in the US Senate. UU but that, in any case, the president would prefer to work with someone who supports his agenda.
Although Trump still finds the credible accusations against Moore "troubling," Sanders said the president "would prefer to have a person who supports his agenda." against someone who opposes his agenda every step of the way. "
" The accusations are worrisome and, if they are true, they should be set aside, but we do not have a way to validate that, and that's something that the people of Alabama must decide, what we have also said, and we maintain it, and finally the people of Alabama will make that decision, "he said.
But there is a fundamental incoherence to the position of the White House – after all, if Trump and the company really believe that questions about whether Moore is in a position to serve, it is better to leave them in the hands of Alabama voters, then why? did the president do everything he could to support Moore?
Sanders was asked about the White House's pointless position on Moore at the end of the briefing on Tuesday, she did not have a good answer.
"You're saying let the gene I decided, but this administration has backed Roy Moore, "a journalist asked. "Why endorse it if you want people to decide? You are influencing the decision."
Instead of answering the question, Sanders withdrew his arguments and said that "he will not enter every person who could or could not run for office", before reiterating that "the president He made that decision, and decided it was better to have someone to support his agenda than a Democrat who did not. "
Trump's endorsement of Moore is problematic for reasons that go beyond accusations of sexual misconduct. Moore has a long history of extremism and intolerance, and recently indicated that he supports an opinion piece he wrote in December 2006 that argues that Muslims should not be able to serve in Congress. As reported by ThinkProgress last week, in 2011 Moore co-authored a textbook that instructs students about women's right to elective office
] On Tuesday, a reporter asked Sanders if Trump "agrees with Roy Moore that Muslims should not be admitted to Congress." Sanders again dodged it, saying that while Moore supports Trump, "the president does not necessarily support everything on Moore's agenda."