Right-wing talk radio host Rush Limbaugh on Tuesday said Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore was a Democrat at the time he allegedly engaged in sexual misconduct with teenage girls.
“Did you know that before 1992, when a lot of this was going on, that Judge Moore was a Democrat?” Limbaugh said on his radio show. “Nobody said a word.”
“When he supposedly was attracted to inappropriately-aged girls – he was a Democrat,” Limbaugh added.
Limbaugh also criticized Republicans for distancing themselves from Moore.
“No matter what the real stories are here, and no matter what the evidence is, these guys, these people on the Republican side, are making it clear they are going to prevent this guy from ever being seated in the United States Senate,” Limbaugh said.
Limbaugh’s comments come after news Monday that a fifth woman came forward to accuse Moore of sexual misconduct when she was a minor.
Beverly Young Nelson on Monday alleged that Moore, who was serving as the Etowah County district attorney, sexually assaulted her in a dark diner parking lot in 1977 after he had offered her a ride home. Nelson was a 16-year-old high school student at the time of the alleged assault.
“I thought he was going to rape me,” said Nelson, fighting back tears at a Monday press conference. “At some point, he gave up.”
The latest allegations followed a bombshell Washington Post report last week in which four woman accused Moore of sexual misconduct, including one woman who accused Moore of inappropriate touching when she was 14 and he was 32.
Moore has repeatedly denied the allegations against him, calling them “completely false.”