Moore faced widespread criticism for his old racist and misogynistic comments. GOP lawmakers also publicly expressed a lack of confidence in his ability to do the job.
Moore told prime time host Carlson that he was “bummed out” because he hates quitting, but confessed to having said “stupid” things.
“I wish there was a statute of limitations on stupidity because some of these things were 25 years old,” he noted.
But Carlson, who often staunchly defends Trump, excoriated the White House, saying it should “have never given into” the criticism leveled at Moore.
“They shouldn’t have. They shouldn’t have,” continued Carlson. “Because that’s more weakness, it draws more aggression.”
Moore said there was a “lot of truth to that.”
But he appeared to defend Trump, who he claimed didn’t want him to withdraw. Moore told Bloomberg earlier that he would only “throw in the towel” if Trump wanted him to.
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