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GOP Defends Roy Moore, Says It Would Be Better To Vote For A Child Molester Than A Democrat

A reporter for the Toronto Star went to Alabama shortly after the allegations of sexual abuse of a minor by GOP Senate hopeful Roy Moore were made public in the Washington Post on Thursday. The purpose of the visit was to ascertain the feeling of the party in the area, and the reporter, Daniel Dale, was just how many not only still supported Moore, but still planned to vote for him just because he’s a Republican.

I hesitate to call it “irony,” since there’s a danger of minimizing the seriousness of the charges by finding something so unrelated as irony nestled in among them. But the fact that Roy Moore is the former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice who was removed from the bench for refusing to take down a monument to the Ten Commandments from state property isn’t lost on anyone. He’s the same judge that was once taken off a case for barring a lesbian mother from seeing her own biological children because of her sexual orientation. And he’s the same Bible-thumping justice that instructed the rest of the judges in Alabama to ignore a United States Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage across the country.

Now that kind of hypocrisy seems endemic to the Republican Party, and most especially among those in Moore’s own state.

In the report from Dale, the Marion County GOP Chair excused Moore’s actions as having taken place a long time ago, and seemed to place some importance on the fact that the now 53-year-old woman alleges “only” that Moore, then 32, kissed her when she was 14 years old. That isn’t quite the extent of the allegation, and when Dale pointed out to David Hall, the 60-something GOP Chair, that Moore “tried to get her to touch his genitals,” Hall again says “he may have TRIED.”

But then Hall says something that appears common among these old Republican men: It wouldn’t affect his vote one way or the other.

Indeed, even at a much higher level than just in Alabama, Republicans are hedging their bets on Roy Moore. In case after case, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who would have the unenviable task of actually seating Roy in the hallowed chamber, men in the GOP keep saying “IF the allegations are true.”

In fact, Donald Trump himself seemed pretty concerned with whether or not Roy Moore is guilty — of the thing that 4 unrelated women who don’t know each other and more than 30 witnesses all say is true. Through his spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump made sure to say that he believes “we cannot allow a mere allegation, in this case one from many years ago, to destroy a person’s life.”

That sure is a lot of concern for Roy Moore, and not the victim of his molestation.

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