The Washington Post published a bombshell report on November 9th in which it detailed the stories of four women who say that Roy Moore, the Republican who defeated Trump’s choice of Luther Strange to become nominee in the Alabama Senate race, pursued them sexually when Moore in his 30s and they were between the ages of 14 and 18.
The four women went fully on the record, allowing their names and photographs to be included in the piece.
Perhaps the most disturbing account comes from Leigh Corfman, who was 14 when she met Moore, then a 32-year-old district attorney. Corfman says that Roy Moore drove the 14 year old girl to his home in the woods and undressed her. She is quoted as saying, “I wanted it over with — I wanted out. Please just get this over with. Whatever this is, just get it over.”
The Alabama Senate special election is scheduled for December 12th. and despite much of the GOP having failed to back Moore’s bid, all indications since he defeated rival Luther Strange are that the party will stand by him for the general election.
The response from the Republican party has been astonishing. On the surface, they are paying bare minimum lip service to the fact that Roy Moore may not be fit to represent the party. But evidently the circulated talking points memo on the matter strongly advised that virtually every Republican who speaks on this matter qualifies their hypothetical condemnation of Roy Moore’s pedophilia by using the word “if” — a lot.
Take Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). McConnell didn’t even want Roy Moore to become the nominee and the strongest sentiment he could summon was to say. “If these allegations are true, he must step aside.”
National Republican Senatorial Committee Chair Cory Gardner (R-CO) echoes McConnell nearly verbatim by saying, “If these allegations are found to be true, Roy Moore must drop out of the Alabama special Senate election.”
So, four accounts aren’t sufficient for them? Well, they appear to have been compelling enough for Alabama State Auditor Jim Ziegler to dispense with all bet-hedging, operate under the impression that Moore did in fact do as the women claimed because he felt it necessary to defend Moore by name-checking some heavy hitters of the Bible. Ziegler told the Washington Examiner:
“Take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus. There’s just nothing immoral or illegal here. Maybe just a little bit unusual.”
That, ladies and gentlemen, was a swing and a miss. Perhaps talking points memos don’t trickle all the way down to state auditors but one would be hard-pressed to utter words which reflect worse on Roy Moore, Jim Ziegler, the GOP, or Christianity.
Far more surprising is personified mouthpiece Sean Hannity’s response which was to ask Mercedes Colwin: ″Now, I know, and this goes back to what you said, do people do it for money? Do people do it for political reasons? Is that more common than people would think?”
No, Sean. No, it isn’t. You knew it wasn’t when you gleefully dragged Harvey Weinstein last week… and it still isn’t.