White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Monday refused to explicitly disavow Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore because of tax reform. Conway, appearing on Fox & Friends on Monday morning, warned the people of Alabama (and presumably the president) that a vote for Democratic candidate Doug Jones is "a vote against tax cuts."
After Conway made the case against Jones, Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade asked: "So vote Roy Moore?" Conway demurred and turned her ire toward embattled Democratic senators. "I'm telling you that we want the votes in the Senate to get this tax bill through," she said. "And if the media were really concerned about all these allegations ... Al Franken would be on the ash heap of bygone half-funny comedians."
After the hosts noted that the Republican National Committee and various other top-tier Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), had withdrawn their support for Moore after allegations of his sexual misconduct with teenagers became public, Conway assured them that President Trump would not campaign in Alabama on Moore's behalf.
Conway's remarks echo the White House's unofficial position on the Alabama Senate race: White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said last week that while Trump takes the allegations against Moore seriously, "he thinks the people of Alabama should make the decision on who their senator should be."
Although Trump attacked Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) on Twitter last week for his alleged sexual misconduct, the president has not addressed the accusations against Moore. Sanders has defended the president against his own accusations of sexual assault by saying that "the American people I think spoke loud and clear when they elected this president."