With the election just a day away, Roy Moore’s campaign has opted to deal with allegations of sexual misconduct and pedophilia as anyone would: by sitting down for an interview with a child.
“What do you think are the characteristics of a really, really good senator?” 12-year-old Trump supporter Millie March asked Moore, who has mostly been hiding from the press and reportedly ditched the campaign trail this weekend to watch a football game.
“Following the Constitution,” he replied. “Adhering to principle, not going to get elected again, and not trying to stay in office for 30 or 40 years and building an empire—you’re there to serve the people.”
Moore, of course, doesn’t have a huge amount of loyalty to the Constitution; in 2011, he said that getting rid of all amendments after the Tenth—like the one abolishing slavery, or the ones giving women and people of color the right to vote—would ‘eliminate many problems’ for the U.S. He then proceeded to quote JFK.
“Just like JFK said, ‘Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.’”
I’m sorry, can someone please bury me alive? I don’t even know where to start. At this point, we’re all pretty familiar with Moore’s theocratic leanings, his self-serving showmanship, his nostalgic thoughts on slavery, and the numerous, compelling allegations of sexual misconduct and assault against him.
I’m not sure who thought it was a good idea to have an accused pedophile sit down on camera with a minor the day before voters hit the polls, but it would be consistent with other spectacularly incompetent and morally bankrupt decisions made by his campaign—for example, the campaign recently provided Vox with a list of pretty fucking stupid talking points pushing back against the numerous sexual misconduct allegations Moore faces, the gist of which is: she’s a liar.
In many instances, the talking points attack the women’s characters. The document notes that Leigh Corfman, who has said Moore pursued her when she was 14 and he was in his 30s, had “disciplinary and behavioral” problems at the time. It says that Nelson “didn’t even tell her then-boyfriend who picked her up shortly after the supposed assault,” and that her lawyer Gloria Allred is a “radical feminist.” It charges that Tina Johnson, who says Moore groped her in a law office, “has pled guilty to writing bad checks and third-degree theft of property.”
The document says it’s “doing the job most of the press has not bothered to do.”
President Trump, who just recorded a robocall on Moore’s behalf, has come to wonder, in the words of Politico, “why had [Moore’s accusers] kept quiet for 40 years only to level charges weeks before an election?” and reportedly believes “that the avalanche of charges taking down prominent men is spinning out of control.” I wonder why this struck a chord with him?
A Fox News poll recently gave Democrat Doug Jones a stunning 10-point lead over Moore, while most others show Moore polling a few points ahead of Jones. Either way, that’s a whole lot of Alabamans who are fine with this.