First daughter Ivanka Trump has lent her voice to the growing condemnation of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against him involving minors. Ivanka who is also a White House senior adviser on Wednesday minced no words as she told the Associated Press that, “There’s a special place in hell for people who prey on children.”
Ivanka added: "I’ve yet to see a valid explanation and I have no reason to doubt the victims’ accounts." She stopped short, however, of calling for Moore to voluntarily drop out of the special election to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Ivanka since the start of her father’s campaign last year has always advocated for the rights and issues of women and children. She has consistently chosen women and children concerns as one of her leading “signature issues” as she fulfills her role as one of the closest advisers of her father.
Her comments condemning Moore come nearly a week after a woman came out with her allegation that Moore initiated a sexual encounter with her in 1979 when she was only 14 years old while he was already 32 at that time.
Other women have since come forward accusing Moore of the same transgression. One woman says Moore sexually assaulted her when she was just 16.
Senate Republicans have been exerting greater pressure on Moore the past days since the explosive allegations came to drop his bid. Moore has not expressed willingness to withdraw his candidacy even in the wake of the spate of accusations. Moore instead pinned the blame on media.
Moore said: “Why do you think they’re giving me trouble? Why do you think I’m being harassed by media, and by people pushing forward allegations in the last 28 days in this election?”
The man under fire tried to draw humor and added: “I’m the only one who could unite Democrats and Republicans. Because I seem to be opposed by both. They’ve spent over $30 million trying to take me out.”
Ivanka, a mother of three young children, who has always pushed for women to enjoy life-career balance, has been busy lately promoting her father’s proposed tax reform. She said earlier this week that “I’m feeling better than I’ve ever felt since I’ve been here. I’m incredibly optimistic about tax reform.”
In between her tight schedule promoting tax reform, Ivanka squeezes some quality, precious time to talk to her children, at times via face-time.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine praised Ivanka’s work dedication and ethics and described her as “the most effective member of the White House team.”