WASHINGTON â? Before he or she was accused of multiple works of sexual misconduct and strike, Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore drew wide national interest for a series of controversial comments, which includes arguing that Muslims should not function in Congress. President Trump supported Moore on Monday, but White-colored House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the next day that doesnât indicate the commander in chief facilitates Mooreâs view on Islam.
Yahoo Information asked Sanders during her every day briefing if Trump agrees with Moore that Muslims should be disqualified through serving in Congress. Sanders at first said she hasnât discussed Mooreâs history of controversial views with the chief executive.
âI havenât asked him about past statements from Roy Moore,â Sanders said of Trump.
Moore, who was a prominent determine in Alabama, outlined his look at that Muslims should not serve within Congress in a 2006 column for that conservative website WorldNetDaily after Representative. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., became the very first Muslim elected to the Congress. Moore argued âno Muslim elected to Congress or the White House can swear to uphold the United States Constitution and still be a Muslim.â
Trump has had his own number of controversial comments about Muslims. They have also pushed for a ban upon immigration from several predominantly Muslim nations.
Several of the sexual wrong doings allegations that have been levied against Moore in recent weeks involved teenager girls. Trump and Sanders have said the president backed Moore in spite of this because Trump feels Moore would support the White-colored Houseâs agenda in the Senate.
But at the briefing on Tuesday, Sanders said that while Trump is self-confident Moore backs his policies, the particular president âdoesnât necessarilyâ support all of Mooreâs positions.
âIâm saying he supports the presidentâs agenda. The president doesnât necessarily support everything of Mooreâs agenda,â said Sanders.
Other Republicans including Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, have explicitly criticized Mooreâs position on Muslims. On Wednesday, Flake even donated to the campaign associated with Mooreâs Democratic opponent, Doug Jones.
Along with his comments about Islam, Moore has also suggested homosexuality needs to be illegal. Polls currently show Moore with a narrow lead over Jones in the high-profile Dec. 12 competition for Attorney General Jeff Sessionsâs former Senate seat.
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