One of the most baffling things has been trying to understand why Republicans would want to support a candidate like Alabama Senator Roy Moore who is currently running for reelection, even after several allegations that he sexually assaulted females while they were teenagers and he was in his 30’s.
Trump himself is now speaking out and giving his opinion on the matter, which most people will detest, but not find at all shocking coming from this man. POLITICO reported about how Mitch McConnell had urged Trump to try to push Roy Moore out of the Senate race after the allegations surfaced. However, Trump continued to support him and said he doubted the credibility of the victims who had come forward.
According to POLITICO:
‘Trump’s sentiment — he has also complained privately that the avalanche of charges taking down prominent men is spinning out of control — helps explain the president’s evolving attitude toward Moore over the past three weeks, when he has gone from uncharacteristic silence to a full-throated endorsement of the controversial candidate.’
In recent weeks, several prominent men have been taken down by victims who have come forward to report sexual misconduct by the men. The long list includes former “Today Show” co-host Matt Lauer, acclaimed producer Harvey Weinstein, comedian Louis CK, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, and host Charlie Rose from PBS, CBS, and Bloomberg.
Both Moore and Trump benefit from this misogynistic attitude, and Trump’s endorsement has definitely helped Moore bounce back from probable defeat into a candidate who could likely go on to win the race. Trump can then take all the credit if he wins.
On Friday, in Pensacola, Florida, Trump hosted a rally where he touted his support for Moore, heightening the momentum just before the Alabama election, which will take place on Tuesday, December 12. POLITICO reported:
‘But by the time Air Force One touched down in the Florida Panhandle, a person close to Trump said, he might as well have been in Mobile or Birmingham. He was all in for the accused child molester.’
Trump was advised by White House aides not too get involved in the race, but the man has a mind of his own and has basically co-opted the Republican party to fit in with his corrupt mentality. POLITICO wrote:
‘That includes not just McConnell but members of his own staff and even his daughter Ivanka, whose harsh words for Moore worked only to push the president in the opposite direction.’
Trump was on a 12-day trip to Asia when the allegations first surfaced about Moore and from the start, he was “inherently sympathetic” to him despite the fact that key Republican figures were turning away. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Cory Garner, the head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, urged Moore to step aside and even threatened to expel him from the Senate if he is elected.
Trump himself had experienced the same kind of dissent when the “Access Hollywood” tapes surfaced, detailing the now infamous conversation he had with reporter Billy Bush. During that conversation, Trump made the comment:
‘You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful—I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.’
Bush responded to his comment saying:
‘Whatever you want.’
To which Trump agreed:
‘Grab’em by the pussy. You can do anything.’
Trump later made the excuse that he was just engaging in “locker room talk” with Billy Bush, but the words were damaging causing the GOP to shift their support in the same way they are severing their ties with Moore’s campaign.
Hypocritically, Trump has praised women for speaking out about sexual harassment. According to POLITICO:
‘The reckoning with the issue that the country is going through, he has said, is a good thing. “I think it’s very, very good for women, and I’m very happy a lot of these things are coming out,” he said in late November. ‘
After Moore appeared on Sean Hannity’s show on Nov. 10, Trump questioned his stance on Moore for a short time, but eventually turned around to fully support him.
It is important to mention that Trump himself is dealing with several allegations of sexual assault and may be required to testify on the matter. His flippant attitude serves to benefit himself and of course, it has always been apparent that he is ultimately looking out for number one.
On Monday, two senators were calling for Trump’s resignation over the sexual assault allegations.
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