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Mitt Romney says electing Roy Moore would be ‘a stain’ on Republican Party and country

Mitt Romney in 2016.
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Mitt Romney in 2016.

Well, this likely isn’t going to make Mitt Romney’s own path to the Senate any easier.

Just hours after President Donald Trump gave an unqualified endorsement of Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, the former Massachusetts governor issued his own unqualified condemnation of the former judge and accused child molester.

In a tweet Monday afternoon, Romney said electing Moore to the Senate “would be a stain on the GOP and on the nation” and that the women who were allegedly victimized by the Alabama Republican are “courageous heroes.”

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“No vote, no majority is worth losing our honor, our integrity,” wrote the 2012 Republican presidential nominee.

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As the Washington Post reported Monday, nine different women have said that Moore pursued sexual relationships with them when they were teenagers several decades ago or made unwanted sexual advances. Moore has denied the allegations.

According to a White House statement, Trump called Moore on Monday to endorse the Alabama Republican in his special election next Tuesday against Democratic candidate Doug Jones. Moore tweeted Monday afternoon that he has the president’s “full support.”

He also responded to Romney.

Republicans hold a narrow two-seat majority in the Senate.

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Romney’s tweet Monday comes amid reports that Trump and his allies are working to block his potential campaign to succeed Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch.