It’s been an exciting year for politics. Not only has the Republican Party been forced to grapple with the unpredictable antics of President Donald Trump, but both parties are also gearing up for the November 2018 elections, which are expected to play a large role in the fate of the Republican Party. Roy Moore is just one of the many Republican candidates hoping to obtain a seat in congress next year.
Last month Mike Lee, a Republican Senator from Utah, announced his endorsement of Roy Moore. He even went so far as to complement Moore on his “reputation of integrity,” as he heaped praise on the Alabama Senate candidate. On Friday, Lee rescinded that endorsement, following accusations that from several women who claimed Moore had sexually assaulted them in the late 1970s.
In this bombshell of a revelation, Moore has been accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with three women, one just 14 years old at the time. In 1979, Moore would have been over twice her age at 32 years old.
Mike Lee wasn’t the only politician to run in the opposite direction of the accused child molester. Steve Daines, who had only recently endorsed Moore on November 7th, tweeted on Friday that he would be retracting his endorsement.
Mike Lee’s and Steve Daines’ endorsements are not unwarranted when the severity of the allegations against Roy Moore are taken into account. Not only is the Alabama Senate candidate accused of involving himself with several underage girls, but allegedly did so by initially misleading the girl’s mother.
On Thursday, The Washington Post reported that, according to Leigh Corfman, a man identifying himself as Roy Moore approached her and her mother as they sat on a bench outside of a courtroom in Alabama. Moore assured 14 year old Leigh’s mother that he would sit outside and keep an eye on her while she went inside the courtroom for a child custody hearing.
At the time, the mother, Nancy Corfman just thought Roy was being friendly. She had no idea about the events that would take place while she was gone.
According to Leigh’s recollection, Moore took the time alone with her as an opportunity to ask for her phone number. Day later, Moore picked Leigh up in his car and drove her about a half an hour away to his home in the woods. Once there, he allegedly complemented on her looks and kissed her. A future visit entailed even more inappropriate behavior. The second time Roy brought Leigh to his house, he reportedly removed her clothes, touched her over her bra, and physically led her hand to touch him over his underwear.
Moore of course, denies the allegations. He even claimed that these “completely false” accusations are only meant to hinder the success of his campaign. However, Corfman is not the only woman to come forward and reveal the disturbing encounters she recalls having withe Moore. Wendy Miller, Debbie Wesson Gibson, and Gloria Thacker Deason all report that they were approached by Moore and asked if they would go on dates with him while they were teenagers. But Moore maintains his innocence.
In a written statement he referred to the women’s allegations as “garbage” and, “fake news.” Several member of the GOP, including Ted Cruz, have stated that Moore should withdraw from the race if the allegations are true.
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