When Senator Jeff Sessions accepted a position in Donald Trump’s cabinet to become his Attorney General, Alabama governor Robert Bentley appointed Attorney General of Alabama Luther Strange to replace him. In the meantime, the process to elect a new senator kicked off this spring. Unfortunately, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama Roy Moore defeated Strange in the republican primary and is currently running against Democratic nominee, Doug Jones, in a special election that will take place on December 12, 2017.
No doubt, you’ve heard Moore’s name recently.
The Washington Post published a story that when Moore was in his early 30s, he initiated several sexual relationships with teenage girls, one as young as 14 years old.
Aside from Corfman, three other women interviewed by The Washington Post in recent weeks say Moore pursued them when they were between the ages of 16 and 18 and he was in his early 30s, episodes they say they found flattering at the time, but troubling as they got older. None of the three women say that Moore forced them into any sort of relationship or sexual contact.
Wendy Miller says she was 14 and working as a Santa’s helper at the Gadsden Mall when Moore first approached her, and 16 when he asked her on dates, which her mother forbade. Debbie Wesson Gibson says she was 17 when Moore spoke to her high school civics class and asked her out on the first of several dates that did not progress beyond kissing. Gloria Thacker Deason says she was an 18-year-old cheerleader when Moore began taking her on dates that included bottles of Mateus Rosé wine. The legal drinking age in Alabama was 19.
Moore denied the allegations, then appeared on Sean Hannity’s show and made creepiest argument possible:
HANNITY: But you don’t specifically remember having any girlfriend that was in her late teens even at that time?
MOORE: I don’t remember that and I don’t remember ever dating any girl without the permission of her mother. And I think in her statement she said that her mother actually encouraged her to go out with me.
Perhaps asking permission to take someone’s daughter on a date was viewed as respectful at the time… if both are high schoolers. But when you’re over 30 years old, asking a mother to date her teenage daughter, it’s just creepy. After justifying his creepiness, Moore took Donald Trump’s campaign philosophy by overusing the term “fake news”, threatening to sue the Washington Post, and using the “why these allegations haven’t surfaced before” defense.
“It never happened and I don’t even like hearing it because it never happened and they’re doing this a month away, four weeks away, after 40 years in public service,” Moore said on Hannity. “I’ve run five successful campaigns or five campaigns, statewide campaigns, three in the county. This has never been brought up. It has never been even mentioned and all of a sudden four weeks out they’re bringing out they’re bringing up because it’s political. It’s a direct attack on this campaign and it involves a 14 year old girl which I would have never had any contact with nothing with her mother or any courthouse or anywhere else would I have done that. In fact, her allegations contradict the whole behavior pattern of the other two young ladies who even witnessed yourself.”
That’s weak as hell.
Just because an accusation takes decades to surface, it doesn’t disprove its existence. As we’re seeing across Hollywood’s spectrum, accusations surrounding sexual misconduct is often buried by powerful men. We’re only now hearing the stories that many women, and men, were afraid to tell. It took the courage of one person to open the gates for everyone else, allowing them to tell their own stories. Victims are afraid, not just with facing their accuser, but having their names, faces, and lives plastered on television and websites. It can feel humiliating. No one wants to be seen as a victim, especially women who were being taken advantage of by a creep that’s currently running for a United States Senate seat.
And if dating teenage girls isn’t that big of a deal to you, then how about the fact that Moore is just bat-shit crazy:
- Like Donald Trump, Moore has been a vocal proponent in the Barrack Obama birther movement, questioning whether former President Obama was born in the United States. Even Trump retreated from this, saying last year that “President Barack Obama was born in the United States, period.” Moore refused to answer questions regarding Obama’s citizenship as recent as August.
- Called Obama a Muslim, as if that’s something that disqualifies someone for elected office.
- Called Islam a false religion.
- Moore is adamantly against preschool for children: “When the mind of a young child is subjected to state control before fundamental concepts and basic beliefs are formulated, the child is much more likely to learn a liberal social and political philosophy with the state as his or her master.”
- Says that evolution doesn’t exist: “There is no such thing as evolution. That we came from a snake? No, I don’t believe that.” Belief doesn’t supercede fact, and more people, especially younger folk, accept evolution as a matter of fact. “According to a recent Pew Research Center report, 73 percent of American adults younger than 30 expressed some sort of belief in evolution, a jump from 61 percent in 2009, the first year in which the question was asked.”
- He didn’t know what immigration’s “Dreamer” program was.
- Moore has a disgusting record against LGBT rights, who wants to make any act of homosexuality illegal, comparing it to bestiality. Then last week said transgender folks have no rights.
- Argued that the 9/11 attacks, as well as Sandy Hook, was American punishment for turning away from God.
Fortunately, polls are reflecting a general change in support, with Jones gaining significant steam.