- Fox News host Sean Hannity said he would give the embattled Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore 24 hours to “come up with a satisfactory explanation” for the multiple sexual misconduct allegations he’s facing.
- Hannity’s tone on Tuesday night differed from an interview he previously conducted with Moore on his radio show.
- The Fox host lost a number of advertisers over his coverage of the Moore scandal.
Fox News opinion host Sean Hannity gave the embattled Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore an ultimatum to resolve lingering doubts prompted by the multiple sexual misconduct allegations against him.
On his program Tuesday night, Hannity said he gave Moore 24 hours to “come up with a satisfactory explanation” for the accusations, which include claims of sexual assault from women who said Moore attacked them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s.
Moore said in a previous interview with Hannity that he did not “generally” remember dating teenagers as an adult, and said “I don’t remember dating any girl without the permission of her mother.” The Alabama judge also suggested his accusers were “politically motivated.”
Hannity caught some flak for his coverage of the Moore scandal, leading a number of brands to pull their ads from his time slot on Fox News.
Moore has repeatedly denied having any sexual encounters with underage girls and, as recently as Tuesday night, vowed not to drop out of the Alabama race.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Republican National Committee scrapped a joint fundraising agreement with Moore’s campaign and top party leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have urged him to step aside. National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman Cory Gardner on Monday floated the possibility of immediately expelling Moore from the Senate if he wins the election in December.