Republican leader: If Moore wins, the Senate should vote to expel him

The chairman of the National Republican Senate Committee just put out a statement calling for the Senate to kick accused child molester Roy Moore out of office if he wins next month’s election.

NRSC Chairman Cory Gardner’s full statement can be read below:

I believe the individuals speaking out against Roy Moore spoke with courage and truth, proving he is unfit to serve in the United States Senate and he should not run for office. If he refuses to withdraw and wins, the Senate should vote to expel him, because he does not meet the ethical and moral requirements of the United States Senate.

The NRSC ended its joint fundraising agreement with Moore’s campaign following accusations from four women that Moore made advances when they were underage. One of the accusers said Moore initiated a sexual encounter with her when she was only 14 years old.

Gardner’s statement was released shortly after a fifth woman came forward to report that Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 16 years old, leaving bruises on her neck when she struggled against his attempts to shove her face into his crotch.

“I was terrified,” Beverly Young Nelson said in a press conference. “I thought that he was going to rape me.”

While Moore’s poll numbers have plummeted since these accusations were made public, he remains in a dead heat against Democratic opponent Doug Jones. In a recent poll, 77% of evangelical Christians in Alabama reported that the allegations made no difference in their decision to support Moore, with 37% saying the allegations made them “more likely” to vote for him.