When news first broke of the very credible accusations of child molestation against Republican candidate Roy Moore, many in the Republican Party were rightly horrified. The RNC stopped cooperating with Moore’s campaign, and many Republican elected officials called for him to remove himself from the race.
Of course, the RNC later walked back their staunch opposition to Roy Moore. And the de facto leader of the Republican Party, Donald Trump, has been a strong supporter of Moore’s despite backing his primary opponent, Luther Strange. In fact, he just stepped up his support to the next level –a move that even other Republicans are shy of.
New robocalls, which feature Donald Trump pretty much begging people to go out and vote for the alleged child molester, have been confirmed by the White House as real. In the audio, Trump makes no mention of the accusations against Moore. He says,
‘Hi, this is President Donald Trump and I need Alabama to go vote for Roy Moore. It is so important. We’re already making America great again. I’m going to make America safer, and stronger, and better than ever before, but we need that seat and we need Roy voting for us. I’m stopping illegal immigration and crime, rebuilding a stronger military and protecting the second amendment and our pro-life values. But if Alabama elects liberal Democrat Doug Jones, all of our progress will be stopped cold. We already know Democrat Doug Jones is a puppet of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, and he will vote with the Washington liberals every single time.
‘Democrat Jones is soft on crime, weak on immigration, supports abortion, he’s bad for our military and bad for our vets. We don’t want him, and he also, by the way, wants higher taxes. Roy Moore is the guy we need to pass our “Make America Great Again” agenda. Roy is a conservative who helped me steer this country back on track after eight years of the Obama disaster. Get out and vote for Roy Moore.’
Here’s the call:
When Republicans say “soft on crime” as a pejorative phrase, they’re actually calling him out for not being a racist. In this case, that’s particularly obvious – whereas Roy Moore is a predator who hunts teen girls in malls, Doug Jones was a prosecutor with a record of sending people to prison for doing things like that. Moore was also forced to leave the Alabama Supreme Court for repeatedly breaking the law and violating the Constitution. “Law and order” to Republicans apparently means “keeping minorities in their place.”
It’s no surprise that Donald Trump has come out in full support of Roy Moore. Trump has his own litany of accusations of harassment and sexual assault, and he’s admitted in his own words that he has sexually assaulted women. He’s gleefully bragged about using power to silence the ability of women to say “no,” and only acknowledges victims when they can be used as a political bludgeon with which to attack opponents – such as Bill Clinton, or Al Franken.
When Trump said that if you’re a star, you can “grab ’em by the pussy…you can do anything,” what he was saying is that silence in the face of sexual harassment or assault by someone with power over you is consent. And let’s not forget that according to Trump’s team, that moment was a “litmus test” for Republicans – they decided then and there who was on their side based on their acceptance of that awful statement. Donald Trump and Roy Moore are one and the same. This is the Republican Party.
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