House Speaker Paul Ryan Tuesday called on fellow Republican Roy Moore to drop out of the U.S. Senate race in Alabama, calling the allegations against him “credible.”
Speaking at a news conference Tuesday morning, Ryan, R-Janesville, told journalists Moore “should step aside.”
“Number one, these allegations are credible,” Ryan said. “Number two, if he cares about the values and the people he claims to care about, then he should step aside.”
Moore has faced calls to drop out of the race following allegations from several women he tried to date them as teenagers several decades ago. One of the women said she was 14 when Moore initiated sexual contact with her.
Meanwhile, a fifth woman on Monday accused Moore of sexually assaulting her when she was 16.
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh, Monday when pressed on Moore said “it’d nice if he’d step aside and we could come up with some system for electing a different Republican,” according to CNN.
Gov. Scott Walker, meanwhile, is also now calling on Moore to drop out after originally saying the Republican should withdraw if the allegations prove true. Walker made his original comments before the fifth woman came forward.
Also on Tuesday, Ryan said the House will adopt a policy of mandatory anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training for all members and staff.
Ryan’s statement followed a House hearing in which women testified about being harassed at the Capitol.
“Our goal is not only to raise awareness, but also make abundantly clear that harassment in any form has no place in this institution,” Ryan said. “As we work with the Administration, Ethics, and Rules committees to implement mandatory training, we will continue our review to make sure the right policies and resources are in place to prevent and report harassment.”