There is no bottom to Republican tribalism…. (More)
“Whatever this is, just get it over.”
Yesterday the Washington Post broke the story of four women who say GOP Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore made sexual advances to them when they were teenagers, including one who says he molested her when she was just 14:
Leigh Corfman says she was 14 years old when an older man approached her outside a courtroom in Etowah County, Ala. She was sitting on a wooden bench with her mother, they both recall, when the man introduced himself as Roy Moore.
It was early 1979 and Moore – now the Republican nominee in Alabama for a U.S. Senate seat – was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney. He struck up a conversation, Corfman and her mother say, and offered to watch the girl while her mother went inside for a child custody hearing.
“He said, ‘Oh, you don’t want her to go in there and hear all that. I’ll stay out here with her,’ ” says Corfman’s mother, Nancy Wells, 71. “I thought, how nice for him to want to take care of my little girl.”
Alone with Corfman, Moore chatted with her and asked for her phone number, she says. Days later, she says, he picked her up around the corner from her house in Gadsden, drove her about 30 minutes to his home in the woods, told her how pretty she was and kissed her. On a second visit, she says, he took off her shirt and pants and removed his clothes. He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear.
“I wanted it over with – I wanted out,” she remembers thinking. “Please just get this over with. Whatever this is, just get it over.” Corfman says she asked Moore to take her home, and he did.
Two of Corfman’s childhood friends say she told them at the time that she was seeing an older man, and one says Corfman identified the man as Moore. Wells says her daughter told her about the encounter more than a decade later, as Moore was becoming more prominent as a local judge.
Let’s be clear. Under Alabama law, what Corfman describes was at least second-degree sexual abuse. That’s a crime. That statute does not require penetration or force, and it does not require that Moore knew she was under 16. It also doesn’t matter that the touches happened through underwear. It’s still a crime.
The other women were ages 16 or 17 when they say Moore “tried to date” them. That’s not a crime but it’s still … well … disgusting.
“Much ado about very little”
Unless you’re an Alabama Republican. Then, apparently, sexual abuse of a minor is just fine:
— Brian Lyman (@lyman_brian) November 9, 2017
“Take the Bible. Zachariah and Elizabeth for instance. Zachariah was extremely old to marry Elizabeth and they became the parents of John the Baptist,” Ziegler said choosing his words carefully before invoking Christ. “Also 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,” Ziegler concluded. “Maybe just a little bit unusual.”
Pardon me while I go jump in the squirrel bath….
“It’s odd to me that this information has just been introduced”
Reached by phone on Thursday, Alabama’s Republican secretary of state, John Merrill, said he had no comment about whether Moore should withdraw from the race. He noted that, under the state’s election law, Moore’s name will still appear on the ballot in December.
Merrill questioned the timing and source of the report, however.
“It’s odd to me that this information has just been introduced. In all the campaigns Judge Moore has ever run before – and he has run a lot of them, probably a dozen campaigns. It’s very, very odd to me this information has just been introduced.”
Alabama Mobile County GOP chairman John Skipper: "It does not really surprise me. I think it is a typical Democratic – Democrat – ploy to discredit Judge Moore, a sincere, honest, trustworthy individual."
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) November 9, 2017
And of course there’s the Blame The Victim slime:
Moore supporter @Ed_Henry_HD9 called the allegations against Moore lies.
“If they were really worried about him being a predator or menace to society, why have they not been coming forward for decades?” #alpolitics #alsenate
— Mary Sell (@DD_MarySell) November 9, 2017
Hannity started his Fox News show by carefully and accurately laying out the allegations, and Moore’s response. Then he launched into a long diatribe attacking the rest of the media and former President Obama for always rushing to judgement. The segment wound up highlighting the sexual misconduct allegations against liberal Hollywood figures and Bill Clinton.
No Republican sewer is complete without the Liberal Media Conspiracy slime:
“But it’s interesting,” Bannon told the audience. “The Bezos-Amazon-Washington Post that dropped that dime on Donald Trump, is the same Bezos-Amazon-Washington Post that dropped the dime this afternoon on Judge Roy Moore. Now is that a coincidence? That’s what I mean when I say opposition party, right? It’s purely part of the apparatus of the Democratic Party. They don’t make any bones about it. By the way, I don’t mind it. I’ll call them out every day.”
And let’s not forget the George Soros Radical Leftist Cabal slime:
The Breitbart News report also notes that the Washington Post “formally endorsed Moore’s Democratic opponent Doug Jones in the Senate race,” without explaining that a newspaper’s editorial and news-gathering operations are separated by an unbreachable firewall. Breitbart News also attempts to tie Jones to “far-left groups financed by George Soros that push open borders and a host of radical causes.” The candidate’s connection to these groups is not explained.
Be right back. I need that squirrel bath again.
“If these allegations are true….”
And finally, from the same people who spread the baseless PizzaGate conspiracy theory, there’s this gem:
“If these allegations are true, he must step aside,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said.
“If that’s true, he wouldn’t belong in the Senate,” Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) told reporters.
“If they’re accurate, he should step aside,” Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) said.
Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) said it was “very troubling. I think if what we read is true, and people are on the record so I assume it is, then he should step aside. I think it’d be best for him, best for the state.”
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) said, “The Post’s story is appalling and heartbreaking. If there’s an ounce of truth to any of this, Roy Moore has no place in public life and ought to drop out immediately. Alabamians should start thinking about who they’ll write in but it’s obvious that conservatives deserve better than this.”
After all, real sexual assault victims are “very few and far between,” a Fox News analyst said.
If you’ve been wondering whether there’s a bottom to Republican tribalism, stop wondering. There. Is. No. Bottom.
Photo Credit: NBC News
Good day and good nuts