Hannity Issues an Ultimatum to Roy Moore

He says candidate has 24 hours to explain himself
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 15, 2017 5:02 AM CST
Hannity Gives Moore 24 Hours to Clarify Story
Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks at a revival, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in Jackson, Ala.   (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Roy Moore says his fight is just beginning—but with even Sean Hannity withdrawing support, the writing could be on the wall for his Senate bid. The Fox host, who previously defended Moore after the candidate was accused of sexual misconduct, issued an ultimatum Tuesday night, telling Moore he has 24 hours to explain "inconsistencies" in his story, the Washington Post reports. "You must remove any doubt," said Hannity, who was facing an advertiser boycott. "If he can't do this, then Judge Moore needs to get out of this race." AL.com reports that the Republican National Committee has also withdrawn its support of Moore, though the Alabama Republican Party has yet to issue a statement on the candidate.

President Trump is expected to comment on Moore now that he is back in the US, and he faces what Politico describes as a "wrenching call," with congressional leaders urging him to help push Moore out of the race and conservative Moore loyalists strongly opposed to any such move. In an op-ed, the Wall Street Journal argues that Moore's "credibility has fallen below the level of survivability" and if he refuses to drop out, the Republican Party will be better off if Democrat Doug Jones wins. Moore, whose latest accuser says he sexually assaulted her when she was 16, spoke at a Baptist revival in an Alabama church Tuesday night but said little about the allegations, the AP reports. "I want to talk about where this country's going and if we don't get back to God, we're not going anywhere," he said. (More Roy Moore stories.)

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