Dear Republicans supporting the election of Judge Roy Moore of Alabama for the US Senate seat on December 12, 2017, you need to do some real soul searching.
The Republican National Committee has decided to back Judge Roy Moore’s election again after previously having withdrawn its support. It is proof that their having a republican in the US senate is more important than their knowingly backing an alleged pedophile (in his early 30s when he was a local district attorney) with credible reporting from numerous women who have come forward; mall personnel who recalled having security escort him out of the premises as he had a penchant for hitting on high school girls, and a co-worker deputy district attorney who states that Judge Moore’s penchant for dating very young girls was an open local secret in GADSDEN , Alabama.
Dear Republicans, here is a James Baldwin quote that you need to read. “For, I have seen the devil, by day and by night, and have seen him in you and in me: in the eyes of the cop and the sheriff and the deputy, the landlord, the housewife, the football player: in the eyes of some governors, presidents, wardens, in the eyes of some orphans, and in the eyes of my father, and in my mirror. It is that moment when no other human being is real for you, nor are you real for yourself. The devil has no need of any dogma—though he can use them all—nor does he need any historical justification, history being so largely his invention. He does not… fool around with little girls: we do.”
Here’s the rest of the story…
“On December 4, 2017, Sean Sullivan, Michael Scherer and David Weigel of the Washington Post penned the following report, RNC to support Roy Moore in Senate race in Alabama, weeks after cutting ties with his campaign.”
“President Trump led an aggressive charge (12/3/17) on behalf of embattled Senate nominee Roy Moore, with the Republican National Committee rejoining Moore’s side in Alabama weeks after cutting ties with him following allegations of sexual misconduct.”
“Before dawn, Trump took to Twitter to declare his strongest support yet for Moore. By day’s end, the RNC was back in his corner and America First Action, a pro-Trump group, said it would spend $1.1 million to try to push Moore across the finish line.”
“The divergent attitudes toward Moore, who has been accused of making unwanted sexual advances toward teenage girls when he was in his 30s, underscored how polarizing a figure he would be among his party’s national leaders if he wins the Dec. 12 special election.”
“Even if Moore is largely ostracized by his Senate colleagues, the support of the president could make him an influential figure in Washington — a point he appeared determined to emphasize on Monday.”
“Trump and Senate Republicans have already started pondering Moore’s place in the party if he gets past Democrat Doug Jones in a contest that recent polling shows is neck and neck. The president wrote on Twitter on Monday that the united Democratic opposition to the GOP’s sweeping tax plan showed “why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama.”
“We need his vote on stopping crime, illegal immigration, Border Wall, Military, Pro Life, V.A., Judges 2nd Amendment and more. No to Jones, a Pelosi/Schumer Puppet!” Trump wrote.”
The president placed a call to Moore on Monday morning, and the Senate nominee proudly trumpeted it in his own tweet.
“‘Go get ’em, Roy!’ – President Trump,” Moore tweeted.
Trump’s message came on the same day that the RNC reversed itself and returned to Alabama to support Moore, less than three weeks after pulling out of a joint fundraising agreement with his campaign. An RNC official with knowledge of the plans, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the re-engagement. The committee did not immediately issue any public statements announcing the move.
“Sen. John Cornyn (Tex.), the second-ranking Republican senator, said Monday that he favors a congressional ethics probe into the allegations facing Moore if he is elected. But Cornyn also hinted that if Moore wins, he would be a factor in the Senate and cannot be ignored.”
“None of us get to vote on who’s the senator from Alabama. Just Alabama voters do. So I think we have to respect their decision — whatever it is,” he said.”
“That statement contrasted with a drumbeat among GOP senators for Moore to end his campaign just after The Washington Post reported the first allegations.”
“Led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Republicans also explored ways to try to elect another GOP candidate, either through a write-in campaign or a postponed election. But neither option proved feasible, as local Republicans rallied around Moore and the White House refused to intervene.”
“Since then, McConnell and his top deputies have taken a more hands-off approach to the race. Like Cornyn did on Monday, McConnell said in weekend television interviews that the outcome was in Alabama’s hands.”
“At the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, Trump has been ramping up his involvement in the race. After staying relatively quiet in the immediate aftermath of the allegations, the president has steadily grown warmer toward Moore.”
“Before endorsing Moore on Monday morning, Trump had spoken at length about the Alabama race with his former chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, according to a person familiar with the conversation granted anonymity to describe private talks. Bannon was scheduled to appear at a Moore rally Tuesday afternoon in Fairhope, Ala.”
“Trump will travel to the same media market on Friday, just over the border in Pensacola, Fla., where he could encourage Alabamians to turn out for Moore.”
“One senior White House official said Trump jumped in for a few reasons: because aides convinced him that his support could push Moore to victory, because he would probably take part of the blame if Moore lost and because he didn’t like the idea of backing Moore less than full-throatedly.”
“McConnell’s allies continue to view the aggressive defense of Moore mounted by Bannon as a warning sign for the rest of the party.”
“You have this unbelievable contrast between on the one hand cash cows like Matt Lauer being shown the door, and on the other hand you have Steve Bannon sending down people to dig up dirt on women who come forward with serious and credible allegations,” said Steven Law, a McConnell ally who runs the Senate Leadership Fund, which campaigned against Moore in the primary.”
“If Moore wins and is seated, he could face immediate scrutiny from the Senate Select Committee on Ethics, a normally secretive panel of three Republicans and three Democrats.”
“The panel, which has said it is looking into allegations of sexual misconduct against Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), could look into the accusations confronting Moore and determine their validity and whether they merit punishment such as a censure, or, in the most severe case, a vote in the full Senate over whether Moore should be expelled.”
“Rob Walker, a former chief counsel and staff director of the Senate and House Ethics panels, predicted the process could take three months or more.”
“Expelling a senator is very rare and would require the approval of two-thirds of the Senate. An actual vote hasn’t happened since 1862.”
“A recent Washington Post-Schar School poll showed that 50 percent of likely Alabama voters support Jones and 47 percent back Moore, which is within the margin of error. On Monday, both candidates sought to shore up their support.”
“After a campaign event in his home town of Fairfield, Ala., Jones, who is trying to win over Republicans considering crossing party lines over the Moore allegations, parried questions about the Trump endorsement by saying he’d ignore “people calling me names” and focus on his own race.”
“We’re talking about issues. We’re meeting people. We’re talking to the media,” Jones said. “Roy Moore is nowhere to be seen.”
“Asked if he would have supported the tax bill that passed the Senate last week, Jones said it would “blow up the deficit” and that there hadn’t been enough bipartisan work to fix it.”
“Even among a small group of conservative senators known for bucking McConnell, including Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), Moore could have trouble fitting in.”
“Sen. Lee has unendorsed Judge Moore and called for him to step out of the race.
Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee and a potential Senate contender in Utah next year, wrote on Twitter that Moore becoming a senator “would be a stain on the GOP and on the nation.”
“Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), who said he has already voted by write-in absentee ballot for an unidentified “distinguished Republican” who is not Moore, said in an interview Monday that he fears Moore’s political style would not serve his state or the nation well.”