With the revelations that Republican Senate candidate from Alabama Roy Moore allegedly sexually assaulted several underage women decades ago, a lot of ugliness has been revealed along with it. The fact there are people out there that would still vote for him to represent them in the Senate is terrifying for anyone. For Moore to continue to have supporters who have gone as far as to justify his actions, if they did happen, it says that it’s okay to have a history of sexual assault, particularly on young, underage girls.
So far, Moore has been accused by five different women of sexually assaulting them when they were in their teens. He, of course, has strongly denied the allegations, blaming Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama.
‘The Obama-Clinton Machine’s liberal media lapdogs just launched the most vicious and nasty round of attacks against me I’ve EVER faced.’
Many of his supporters have questioned the motives of the women who have come forward. They’ve questioned why they would wait all this time to say anything. They’ve also come to Moore’s defense, saying he was a godly Christian man, and he would be incapable of doing terrible things. However, while supporters and news hosts make excuses, it’s been found that the five women were not the only ones to know something about Moore.
Charles Bethea wrote for The New Yorker that a rumor existed for decades circling Roy Moore that he had a taste for young girls. Also, Glynn Wilson, a journalist in Alabama, has been told the same information from those he has interviewed in Gadsden.
‘Sources tell me Moore was actually banned from the Gadsden Mall and the YMCA for his inappropriate behavior of soliciting sex from young girls.’
With the election coming up in the next few weeks, Wilson noted that these allegations weren’t just made now — as so many of Moore’s supporters would like to claim. Wilson claimed he’s been asked to do the story for years; however, he did not have the resources that major outlets like the Washington Post have.
Both Bethea and Wilson brought up the fact that a former deputy district attorney appeared on CNN and claimed that it was well known Moore liked young girls. She said:
‘It was common knowledge that Roy dated high school girls, everyone we knew thought it was weird. We wondered why someone his age would hang out at high school football games and the mall … but you really wouldn’t say anything to someone like that.’
Maybe back in the ’80s, you wouldn’t, but this is 2017, and we should have made progress. Normal social conventions in the ’80s hindered the girls from receiving any justice; however, it’s 2017 now, and more and more people are coming forward.
Bethea wrote in his article for The New Yorker that a former employee at the Gadsden mall, Greg Lega had been told specifically by a former Gadsden police officer, J.D. Thomas that Moore was banned. At the time, Thomas did the mall security. Legat said:
‘J.D. was a fixture there, when I was working at the store. He really looked after the kids there. He was a good guy. J.D. told me, “If you see Roy, let me know. He’s banned from the mall. If you see Moore here, tell me. I’ll take care of him.”‘
In addition, Legat claimed his former boss at the mall, Eddie Hill, also told him Moore was banned.
Another former Gadsden resident claimed he was told that an “older guy” was harassing younger girls.
‘Anyway, when asked why they had to keep an eye outside, they said that some older guy had been trying to pick up younger girls. They didn’t go beyond that but one of the concession workers whispered to us later that it was Roy Moore he was talking about.’
Bethea was also told by two police officers in Gadsden that they heard similar rumors.
‘The general knowledge at the time when I moved here was that this guy is a lawyer cruising the mall for high-school dates.’
With claims that Moore was never on an official banned list, another officer clarified:
‘I was told by a girl who worked at the mall that he’d been run off from there, from a number of stores. Maybe not legally banned, but run off.’
That officer also pointed out something strange about what Moore said to Sean Hannity on the radio. During the interview, Moore claimed he had never dated anyone without their mother’s permission. However, if you are a grown woman, even in the ’80s, why would you need your mother’s permission to date someone?
‘The thing about how he’s never dated anybody without their mother’s permission, that appalled me. That made me want to throw up. Why would you need someone’s permission to date somebody? I’m probably gonna write in Luther Strange.’
One of the most striking points Bethea makes is that, despite Gadsden being the hometown of Moore, there are very few there showing public support for Moore. The area was a major supporter of Trump, also. Bethea also claimed he did not see any yard signs for Moore and only one bumper sticker for him at the Gadsden Mall. Furthermore, he noted a church sign he saw while driving through the town. It said:
‘LEGAL OR NOT, SIN IS SIN.’
With that said, how can there be any doubt about Moore’s past? Yes, it is a rumor. Small towns, however, are notorious for taking people like Moore and only speaking of their transgressions in whispers. They are also notorious for “running people off” rather than legally banning them. What’s so striking is that so many in Gadsden, an area that is obviously conservative, show little to no support for Moore — not to mention the droves of people who are willing to talk about Moore. It’s time for Moore to end his campaign. He may never see the legal ramifications of what he did to the young women he stalked and preyed upon; however, he does not deserve a seat in the Senate.
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