Embattled Republican senate candidate Roy Moore has accused LGBTI people of orchestrating a “conspiracy” to bring down his election campaign.

The Alabama politician has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by several women, including Leigh Corfman, who alleged that Moore engaged her in a sexual encounter when she was 14 and he was 32.

The anti-LGBTI rhetoric is not knew for Moore, who as Alabama’s Chief Justice ordered judges not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Speaking at a Baptist church, Moore again denied the allegations and called the controversy a product of “dirty politics”.

He then went on a rant naming the purported conspirators who are seeking to undermine him.

“Who are they? The liberals. They don’t want conservative values,” he said.

“They are the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender … who want to change our culture. They are socialists who want to change our way of life, putting man above God.

“They are the Washington establishment. They want to keep everything the same so they don’t lose their position, power and prestige.”

This is in line with Moore’s track record, who said in 2005 that “homosexual conduct should be illegal” and that being gay is “the same thing” as bestiality.

When he was removed as Chief Justice – the second time this happened – for his refusal to issue marriage licences, he also placed the blame squarely with the LGBTI community.

Moore called his ouster “a politically motivated effort by radical homosexual and transgender groups to remove me as chief justice of the Supreme Court because of outspoken opposition to their immoral agenda.”

Doug Jones, his Democrat opponent, had a several-point polling lead over Moore in the wake of the sexual assault allegations, but Moore has regained the lead. America!

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