Why Trump stands by Roy Moore, even as it fractures his party

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"He suggested to a senator earlier this year that it was not authentic and repeated that claim to an advisor more recently", the article stated.

What's more, he views calls for Moore to withdraw from the Alabama Senate race in a similar vein as those he faced after The Washington Post released the so-called "Access Hollywood" tape weeks before the 2016 presidential election.

Moore has been accused by several women of sexual misconduct in the past month, and the alleged incidents took place when they were minors and Moore was an adult.

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According to The New York Times, Trump sees the recent sexual misconduct allegations against Alabama's GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, and the subsequent calls for him to step out of the race, as being similar to the response to Trump's tape.

Trump and "Access Hollywood's" Billy Bush in 2015.

The report says Trump sees the Moore allegations as an echo of his own battles with accusers who came forward after the tape emerged, in which Trump boasted about grabbing women's private parts. You know, I'm automatically attracted to beautiful - I just start kissing them.

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Trump has noted that Moore denies the allegations, though Moore has admitted that he dated women who were younger than he was when he was in his 30s, and said that he often asked their mothers for permission.

"Like I just said, the president hasn't changed his position", Sanders said. Trump apologized hours after the tape was released, later downplaying his words as simply "locker room talk". And when you're a star, they let you do it. During the presidential campaign past year, 16 women accused Trump of sexual misconduct with allegations that range from sexual harassment to sexual assault, including unwanted kissing and groping.

"No, I didn't say that at all", Trump responded. "I don't think this is an offhand comment". He said the women were lying, and sometimes suggested they were not attractive enough to be sexually assaulted.

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"I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize", he said at the time. "Nobody has more respect for women than I do".

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