Sen. Ron Johnson (R., Wis.) suggested Thursday that there are enough votes to expel Alabama Republican senatorial candidate Roy Moore from the Senate if he is elected next month.
Johnson appeared on CNN's "New Day," where co-host Chris Cuomo asked him for his thoughts on the sexual misconduct allegations against Moore.
"The allegations sound pretty credible to me, and if I were Roy Moore, and I'm not, I would resign as being the candidate and give the Alabama voters what they want, a Republican candidate that'll actually be seated in the United States Senate," Johnson said.
Cuomo then noted how lengthy the process would be for Moore to get expelled from the Senate if he wins next month. He followed up by asking Johnson whether he thinks the people of Alabama should decide and that the Senate should not push Moore out.
"I think the Supreme Court has ruled that a duly elected senator needs to be sworn in, but then it's up to the body itself to decide whether we want to expel a member," Johnson said. "And I'm just saying, look, the reality of the situation is based on the folks I'm talking to. I really seriously doubt that Judge Roy Moore would be serving as the United States senator for very long, so he just needs to face that reality."
"I think the voters of Alabama are quite clear. They want a Republican senator, not a Democrat one. He oughta take that into account," Johnson added.
A Washington Post report from last week described the stories of four women, who said that Moore pursued relationships with them while they were teenagers and he was in his 30s. One of the women said that she was 14 when he pursued her and initiated a sexual encounter. Five more women have come forward to accuse him of sexual misconduct since the initial report.