On the eve of Tuesday's special election in Alabama the wife of Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore accused the "fake news" media of falsely labeling her and her husband as anti-Semitic at a campaign rally Monday night.
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Dogged by accusations of sexual misconduct toward teenagers, and despite U.S. President Donald Trump's endorsement, some polls suggest that Moore, a former federal judge, was locked in a dead heat with Democrat Doug Jones, 63, a former U.S. attorney, who could pull off an upset victory by becoming the first non-Republican to be sent to the Senate by deeply conservative Alabama in two decades.
In a video trending on Twitter, Kayla Moore said "Fake news will tell you that we don’t care for Jews. I'll tell you all this because I've seen it all so I just want to set the record straight while they're here." She waves to the back of the room to applause.
"One of our attorneys is a Jew. We have very close friends that are Jewish and rabbis and we also fellowship with them."
Moore has been accused of anti-Semitism after he lashed out at billionaire George Soros on American Family Radio. Soros, a Hungarian-born Jew who has spent a large part of his fortune funding pro-democracy and human rights groups, has repeatedly been targeted by the right in the U.S., EU and even Israel, in particular over his support for more open immigration.
Moore, a 70-year-old conservative Christian and former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice, has been accused by several women of pursuing them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s, including one woman who said he tried to initiate sexual contact with her when she was 14.
Moore, a Republican who had been a heavy favorite to win the election, denied the allegations of sexual misconduct against him and has gone on to claim that a liberal cabal was paying women to make the allegations against him, a claim that has resonated with some of his base.