Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore was recently accused of sexual misconduct with a fourteen year old girl while he was the assistant district attorney. At the time, Moore was 32. Based on accounts, this happened back in the ’70s, and several other women have come forward saying they were also targeted during this time.
The explosive report read ’round the country offers firsthand accounts of Moore initiating a sexual encounter with a minor. In response to the allegations, Moore told the Washington Post: “These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and The Washington Post on this campaign.”
For most campaigns, allegations of this magnitude are enough to cause even the most stubborn of candidates to bow out of the race, but not Roy Moore. Moore continues to campaign as though it were just another day on the trail.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters on Monday that Alabama Senate GOP candidate Roy Moore should leave the race. However, Moore’s campaign has decided to fight back by tweeting, “The person who should step aside is @SenateMajLdr Mitch McConnell. He has failed conservatives and must be replaced. #DrainTheSwamp.”
Moore’s attempt to shift focus onto McConnell and call for the need to #DrainTheSwamp via Twitter shows an ill advised strategy from the campaign. Similar to Anthony Weiner, who tried to blame a hacker for tweeting lewd photos to women through DM. It is apparent Moore’s candidacy is spiraling out of control, and he is trying everything he can to save face.
Some people believe the release of this information is politically motivated and timed perfectly to destroy an otherwise strong GOP candidate. In other words, it’s a conspiracy by the Democrats to win the Senate seat in Alabama. Which, if you are keeping score, Alabama has not had a Democratic Senator since Richard Shelby in 1992.
Regardless, the reality of this situation supersedes partisanship and the allegations against Roy Moore are harrowing to say the least. This is not about Republican or Democrat; this is about a man who preyed on underage women and then made sexual advances to them. It is vile, inappropriate, and extremely perverse, but most of all, these allegations prove Roy Moore to be a man who is morally bankrupt.
The saddest part of this entire situation is the mud in which Moore’s accusers are finding themselves being drug through the mud. As one person put it, “look at how female victims of sexual violence have been treated over the past few weeks and then ask yourself why more women don’t come forward.” It is a sad state of affairs when certain groups of people would rather blame a victim and protect a sexual predator.
What these people fail to see is these women have suffered in silence for well over three decades, and because they chose to come forward now and tell their story, they must endure public shaming. And instead of receiving empathy, they have become a casualty of a partisan war, all because some guy became inebriated with power and chose them as his next conquest.
The vindication for Moore’s victims may not come to bear fruit, even if Moore suspends his campaign. Moore’s name is still on the ballot, and there are people who will still vote for him. However, these women have done something that many victims never do, and that is, they have shined a light in the darkest of corners and shown others, it may not be easy, but it is worth it to say something.
At the end of the day, the best anyone can hope for in Alabama is voters will turn out, do what is right by these victims, and keep Roy Moore from going to Washington. After all, if Moore is unable to discern right from wrong when it comes to women, is he really fit to make decisions that impact our Nation?