VESTAVIA HILLS, AL (WBRC) - Roy Moore was back in Birmingham Saturday for the first time since shocking allegations were published in a Washington Post article.
The Post's article stated that four women accuse Moore of sexual misconduct when they were teens and he was in his 30s. Saturday, Moore spoke at the Mid-Republican Club's Veterans Day Program at the Vestavia Hills Public Library.
There, he addressed the allegations against him.
Moore said he was under deliberate attack by the Democrats and the Republican establishment to stop his campaign.
"I do not expect the Washington Post to stop. I think they have a political agenda and I think they are running that agenda and everybody in this room, every person watching these cameras, should ask themselves isn't it strange that after 40 years of constant investigation, people have waited four weeks prior to the general election to bring their complaints. That is not a coincidence. That is an intentional act to stop the campaign," said Moore.
Supporters and opponents of Moore's were also at the Vestavia Hills Public Library on Saturday.Opponents stood with signs against Moore.
Pamela King was one of them.
"Sometimes, it takes 40 years to process trauma like that. It is no surprise and maybe he should research some about what this does to people," said King.
She was inside the library and heard Moore's response to the allegations against him.
"We need to be worried about children and men, especially in power, that takes advantage of them. I didn't hear a word from him today about protecting children's rights and I wish he would think some about that," King stressed.
Also, inside listening to Moore were his supporters. Kay Lummis was one. She called the allegations fake.
"How many years ago was it? How many years ago did it transpire and why has it just come out," she asked.
Lummis said she feels re-inspired to support Moore.
"I think he is a very honorable man and I'm proud to support him," Lummis said.
Since the claims of sexual misconduct have surfaced, Republicans have called for the candidate to step down. Some said he's unfit for office.
Local voters like Sam McLure think voters should use this time to re-evaluate the situation before making a judgement.
"We need to take these allegations seriously and there does need to be an investigation and if these things are true, and if they have the ring of credibility, then yes, this is a man that doesn't deserve to be in public office, but if it's true. I look at Chief Justice Roy Moore's track record of standing up for justice and truth and integrity for 40 years I want to start there and stack the evidence up against that," McLure said.
McLure said the timing of the allegations should also be taken into consideration.
"Let's take a deep breath and let's see how this plays out. We are in a campaign season. We are in a political season," he continued."
Moore also questioned the timing of the allegations.
"I've been investigated more than any other person in this country. To think that grown women would wait 40 years to come forward right before the election to bring charges is unbelievable," said Moore.