Roy Moore is a Republican Senate candidate for Alabama. He is alleged to have committed sexual offences against an underage girl approximately 40 years ago.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, also a Republican, has said Moore must step aside if the allegations are true:
Numerous prominent figures lined up to cast Moore into the wilderness, most using the same formula of words: “If these allegations are true, he must step aside.”
Subscribers to that phrase included the majority leader, Mitch McConnell; the senior senator from Alabama, Richard Shelby; Senator Ted Cruz of Texas; and Susan Collins, senator from Maine.
However, President Trump has made remarks that could be construed as admitting sexual assault, for example in the infamous "grab them by the pussy" recording released prior to his election.
Why is it that Moore "must" stand down? And is it inconsistent for McConnell to support Trump while denouncing Moore?