WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) called on Alabama Republican Senatorial candidate Roy Moore to drop out of the race Tuesday, saying that the allegations of sexual misconduct against him are “credible.”
“He should step aside … these allegations are credible,” Ryan said during a press conference in the U.S. Capitol. “If he cares about the values and the people whom he claims to care about, then he should step aside.”
Ryan is the latest high-profile Republican to call on the GOP candidate to leave the race in the wake of five women accusing Moore of a slate of allegations ranging from attempting to pursue a relationship with them while they were teenagers to sexual assault.
Moore has denied any wrongdoing and has maintained that he will stay in the race.
On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that he believes Moore’s accusers and that he should drop out.
Not long after, Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), chair of the National Republican Senate Committee, said that if Moore does win, the upper body should vote to expel him.