The scandal surrounding Alabama Senate nominee Judge Roy Moore has reached epic proportions. All major agencies are covering the topic from one angle or another, yet what is the reality of the situation and what are the likely outcomes of his predicament?
When news broke that a lady was making accusations of sexually inappropriate conduct, it seemed that this was the beginning of the end for Moore’s election hopes. But a series of incidents and responses have cast doubt on the allegations, and a recent poll seem to show that rather than diminishing his popularity, the public is holding firm in their belief of his innocence.
Moore is accused of being sexually inappropriate with a 14-year-old girl 38 years ago. The woman has come forward at a time when it is likely to do a huge amount of damage not only to his election campaign but also to Steve Bannon’s efforts to implement the MAGA agenda and the president’s image.
After the initial accusation, several other women came forward and said the Moore dated them whilst they were in their teens. This at first sounds inappropriate, yet the lack of specificity in naming their ages is in itself suspect. If the girls were 18 or 19 (even though Moore would have been in his early 30s), then it is difficult to see how this should impact him negatively. They were of a legal age, and not one of these has accused him of sexual impropriety.
The GOP Response
It is no secret that Moore is not well liked within the Republican Party. In fact, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell oversaw the spending of tens of millions of dollars to try and knock him out of the primary in favor of Luther Strange.
Since the accusations, heavy-hitting Republicans have called for Moore to “stand down” and “step aside,” all this without having seen a shred of evidence. It’s almost as if they want to believe the accusations in order to install their preferred candidate. Both John McCain and Mitt Romney have lashed out at Moore and demanded that he get out of the way for another candidate.
The DNC Response
Predictably, the DNC’s response was swift, condemning, and utterly without an ounce of doubt. They wholeheartedly believe that Moore is guilty and demand that he be removed from the race.
Both parties seem to have forgotten that someone is innocent until proven guilty. Or perhaps they are well aware, but would rather have him out before his innocence comes to light.
Roy Moore firmly denies these accusations. In fact, he even made claims about where they are coming from:
“These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and The Washington Post on this campaign,” he said, according to Newsweek. “After over 40 years of public service, if any of these allegations were true, they surely would have been made public long before now.”
Since the allegations, two major issues have come to light. The first, and perhaps most serious, is that the Washington Post has been accused of offering money to an Alabama woman to make allegations against Moore. These are, as yet, unsubstantiated, but reports suggest that recorded evidence of this is on its way to the Etowah County District Attorney. For more information on this allegation, check out the Conservative Tribune who first reported it.
The second issue is that of the validity of other claims. One of Moore’s accusers, Deborah Wesson Gibson, apparently worked for the Hillary Clinton campaign, the Obama administration, and Joe Biden. She is a member of Progressive Politics Alabama and is an activist in the anti-Trump “Resistance.”
These last two points are both in contention, but so are the allegations against Roy Moore himself.
Is it possible that either the DNC, GOP or both have orchestrated a series of scandals to come out at the most damaging time for the Make America Great Again platform? If accusers were going to come forward, why not do so when he was in the limelight during the campaign? Why would they wait until it is too late to find another candidate and organize another primary?
Make no mistake, if Moore steps down, it will be McConnell’s Luther Strange (or perhaps Mo Brooks?) who faces the electorate as a “Write-In” candidate. The last write-in victor was Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski in 2010. She was the first write-in Senatorial victor since Strom Thurmond in 1954.
There are too many inconsistencies and questions here to make this credible. You would imagine an impartial press would come to the same conclusion. Wouldn’t you?