Despite the official certification of Doug Jones' victory, a quick booting from the courts, pleas from fellow Republicans, and the sheer implausibility of his voter-fraud claims, Roy Moore continues to deny that he lost this month's special Senate election. Though losing by some 20,000 votes after teen sex assault allegations came his way, all that matters is God's truth.
“I have stood for truth about God and the Constitution for the people of Alabama. I have no regrets. To God be the glory,” the accused child predator said.
“Election fraud experts from across the country have agreed that this was a fraudulent election,” he claimed, offering no specifics.
“I’ve had to fight not only the Democrats but also the Republican Senate Leadership fund and more than $50 million in opposition spending from the Washington establishment.”
The obvious falseness of Roy Moore's denials on this matter should tell you a lot about Roy Moore's denials on other matters. Read the rest
Moore's attorney wrote in the wide-ranging complaint that he believed there were irregularities during the election, including that voters may have been brought in from other states. He attached a statement from a poll worker that she had noticed licenses from Georgia and North Carolina as people signed in to vote.
The complaint also noted the higher-than-expected turnout in the race, particularly in Jefferson County, and said Moore's numbers were suspiciously lower than straight-ticket Republican voting in about 20 Jefferson County precincts. The complaint asked for a fraud investigation and eventually a new election.
Moore lost by 20,000 votes. He's claiming they shipped in tens of thousands of out-of-state voters, got them all fraudulently balloted, and that none of them have since revealed the plot or how it was accomplished. It's an insane lawsuit, tailored exclusively to needs outside the courtroom: like a SLAPP, but instead of trying to deny public participation, it exists only to reinforce a media narrative.
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Roy Moore, who has been thoroughly endorsed by Donald Trump, said in 2011 that the US government would "solve many problems" by ridding itself of every Constitutional amendment after the first ten -- a list that included the 13th Amendment (which ended slavery), the 14th (which gave citizenship to former enslaved people); the 15th (which gave the vote to black men) and the 19th (which extended voting to women). Read the rest
Why are so many Alabamians voting for Roy Moore, even after nine women say he sexually assaulted or pursued them when they were teenagers? They believe the women were paid to do so. They believe it is a "George Soros assassination plan." They believe it was OK because Moore didn't undress the teenage girls. They believe it's the fault of both Moore *and* the 14-year-old girl. They believe the women have questionable reputations. They believe Moore must be trusted until he's criminally convicted. They believe Moore must be forgiven because Christians forgive. They believe that "forty years ago in Alabama, there's a lot of mommas and daddies that would be thrilled that their 14-year-old was getting hit on by a district attorney."
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These are the views of twelve conservative voters who gathered inside a Birmingham coffee house Thursday for a candid discussion about the senate race in their state. Voters dismissed many of the allegations against Moore — while saying behavior that was acceptable in Alabama decades ago shouldn’t be measured by modern standards.
The panel was compiled and moderated by Frank Luntz, the Republican pollster well known for arranging focus groups with GOP voters.
"He's a liar," says Debbie Wesson Gibson of Roy Moore, the Alabama Republican nominee for U.S. Senate who has been accused by five women of pursuing them when they were teenagers. Moore denies knowing Gibson, but she says that Moore dated her when she was 17 and that he kissed her (with her consent). She has produced a scrapbook that features Moore's distinctive handwriting and says, “Happy graduation Debbie. I wanted to give you this card myself. I know that you’ll be a success in anything you do. Roy.”
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On a page titled “remembrances,” she had listed her graduation gifts line by line, including “$10, card” from “Roy S. Moore,” and a check mark indicating she had sent a thank-you card.
On a page titled “the best times,” she had written: “Wednesday night, 3-4-81. Roy S. Moore and I went out for the first time. We went out to eat at Catfish Cabin in Albertville. I had a great time.” She had underlined “great” twice.
The scrapbook also contained a photo of Gibson as a high school senior, and when she saw it, she said, she thought to herself, “That’s the age I was when I dated Roy Moore, because my braces were off.”
You know things are ugly in the Roy Moore camp when they start shoving journalists from Fox News, of all outlets. The camera crew was trying to get a shot of Moore as he entered through a side entrance at a rally in Alabama. Big bruisers came out to put an end to the publicity. Read the rest
During Roy Moore's judicial bouts -- punctuated by frequent removals from the bench for gross misconduct -- he was part of the mass incarceration wave in America, which has resulted in millions of black people being thrown in prison on flimsy pretenses for long sentences, while whites in similar situations have gone free. Read the rest
In discussing allegations on CNN that Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore assaulted a minor teenage girl Breitbart News senior editor-at-large Joel Pollak pointed out that Ringo Starr was "thirtysomething" when he covered “You’re Sixteen, You’re Beautiful, and You’re Mine.”
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“You know, in 1973, Ringo Starr hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts with the song ‘You’re Sixteen, You’re Beautiful and You’re Mine,’” Pollak said on CNN. “And it was a remake of an earlier song. He was 30-something at the time, singing about a 16-year-old. You want to take away Ringo Starr’s achievement?”
CNN anchor Chris Cuomo frowned and replied, “You can’t be serious.”
“You think that Ringo Starr’s song is supposed to be a nod towards allowing 30-year-old men to prey on teenagers?" Cuomo continued. "You don’t believe that, Joel. You’re a parent. You don’t believe that."
Pollak shot back at Cuomo, saying, “You’re also a parent, and you know that when you raise sons, the risk that our sons face today is that they’re going to be exposed to accusations that may or may not be true.”
The term "values voter" is taken to mean someone who votes for politicians on the basis of their personal integrity and values; in reality, polls and studies show that evangelicals who identify as "values voters" support candidates they know to be repugnant or even monstrous, if they believe that those politicians will promise to take away abortion rights and persecute queers. Read the rest
Threatening to sue journalists who paint you in an unflattering light has been a pretty effective tactic for the Trump crowd -- hell, Trump's special advisor Peter Thiel managed to destroy an entire media company in retaliation for their coverage of him, by secretly fronting legal fees for a clownish wrestler who had sex with his friend's wife -- but multiply accused child molestor and Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore isn't very good at it. Read the rest
Yesterday, The New Yorker reported that conservative Republican Roy Moore was once banned from the mall in his hometown of Gadsden, Alabama, such was his predilection for badgering teens there. But it's local media that has the full story, with named sources, exposing the full extent of Moore's reputation for hitting on little girls.
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Roy Moore's penchant for flirting with teen girls was "common knowledge" and "not a big secret" around Gadsden, according to some area residents. ...
"These stories have been going around this town for 30 years," said Blake Usry, who grew up in the area and lives in Gadsden. "Nobody could believe they hadn't come out yet."
Usry, a traveling nurse, said he knew several of the girls that Moore tried to flirt with.
"It's not a big secret in this town about Roy Moore," he said. "That's why it's sort of frustrating to watch" the public disbelieve the women who have come forward, he said.
Roy Moore, still the Republicans' Senate candidate in December's special election despite allegedly molesting a 14-year-old girl, was reportedly banned from the Gadsden, Ala., mall for his unwelcome interactions with teenage girls there.
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This past weekend, I spoke or messaged with more than a dozen people—including a major political figure in the state—who told me that they had heard, over the years, that Moore had been banned from the mall because he repeatedly badgered teen-age girls. Some say that they heard this at the time, others in the years since. These people include five members of the local legal community, two cops who worked in the town, several people who hung out at the mall in the early eighties, and a number of former mall employees. (A request for comment from the Moore campaign was not answered.) Several of them asked that I leave their names out of this piece.
This is wonderful to hear people saying on network TV.
Frank Schaeffer, interviewed by Joy Reid on AM Joy, absolutely lets loose on the incredible cognitive dissonance the party of Family Values must maintain to support disgusting politicians like Roy Moore and Donald Trump. Read the rest
Saturday's front page headline of the Alabama's Times Daily story about alleged sex offender Roy Moore -- the state's Republican nominee for a U.S. Senate seat -- reported an amusing error.
It proclaimed the Republican political party was divided over "sex clams," instead of "sex claims."
The headline was completely reworked in the online edition of the paper.
Naturally, folks on Twitter are having a field day over the mistake (check out the responses below):
Pay your copy editors. pic.twitter.com/QiwFSszE0f— Benjamin Freed (@brfreed) November 11, 2017
Previously: Headline fail: Kansas students get 'first hand job experience'
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When Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore was accused of sexually molesting children as young as 14, his fellow hardcore evangelicals shrugged at the scandal -- it was "common knowledge" that Moore had a fondness for young teens. Read the rest
A former colleague of Roy Moore, the Alabama Senatorial candidate accused of inappropriate sexual behavior with teens, claims this behavior was "common knowledge."
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"It was common knowledge that Roy dated high school girls, everyone we knew thought it was weird," former deputy district attorney Teresa Jones told CNN in comments aired Saturday. "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."
CBS News has reached out to Jones for comment.
Jones, now a partner at the Syprett, Meshad, Resnick, Lieb, Dumbaugh, Jones, Krotec & Westheimer, P.A. law firm based in Sarasota, Florida, served as deputy district attorney for Etowah County, Alabama from 1982 to 1985, according to her firm's website. Moore worked as a deputy district attorney in that office from 1977 to 1982. Before joining the DA's office, Jones was the assistant city attorney for the city of Gadsden, Alabama, the county seat of Etowah County.
Jones' comments come after an explosive Washington Post report in which four women say Moore pursued them sexually or romantically when they were in their teens. The youngest accuser, Leigh Corfman, said she was 14 and Moore was 32 when he sexually touched her.