The Republican Party has shown its true colors yet again this weekend, although what’s happened isn’t exactly the first indication that the GOP doesn’t have that big of a problem with supporting accused sexual predators.
Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore has been credibly accused of preying on young girls when he was in his 30s. The allegations have been corroborated by individuals who lived in his town and who worked with him, and unsurprisingly, the serial Alabama judicial official has faced a tide of calls for him to withdraw from the race.
Nearly as unsurprisingly, since we’re talking about a Republican who believes that God is on their side no matter what and all those opposed to them are evil, Moore has refused calls to drop out of the race and is pushing onward to the election on December 12.
Those calling for Moore to drop out have included some Republicans; even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said at one point that he believed Moore’s accusers and was examining various paths forward for the GOP in the Alabama Senate race without Moore.
The RNC itself even pulled support for Moore at one point, but now, following an endorsement of Moore from President Donald Trump, they’re back in the race.
Trump was one of the few Republican leaders to not ever speak disparagingly about Moore in light of the allegations against him, and it’s not exactly hard to see why. It’s not like Trump is some kind of grand moral crusader, having been credibly accused of crimes similar to Moore’s.
He’s also desperate to get enough staunch supporters on his side in the Senate to no longer have to deal at all with the obligation to hear all sides, even from within his party, before moving forward on legislation. Even though technically the GOP has control of both Houses of Congress, Trump has struggled to get anything major accomplished since taking office, although his party’s tax reform bill seems to have a good chance of passing.
With these issues in mind, Trump officially offered his endorsement to Moore on a phone call this past Monday.
CNN reports that White House spokesman Raj Shah described Moore and Trump as having had a “positive call” in which they “discussed the state of the Alabama Senate race.”
Moore posted a tweet about his phone conversation with the president, writing on Monday:
‘Just got off the phone with President Trump who offered his full support and said he needs a fighter to help him in the US Senate.’
Now, following the president’s endorsement of Moore, the RNC is back in the Alabama Senate race, although Talking Points Memo reports that the RNC is allegedly only giving about $50,000 to the state party and that’s it. With one week to go, they apparently aren’t even sending any staff members to assist the Moore campaign.
The decision to send a comparatively small amount of cash to Alabama came after “a lot” of negotiations between the RNC and Alabama GOP officials, according to a source speaking to TPM. The National Republican Senatorial Committee, for its part, is not re-engaging in the race at this point.
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