The 2017 special election to fill Jeff Sessions’ vacated Senate seat will take place on December 12, and Alabama Republican candidate Roy Moore shows no signs of dropping out after five women accusing him of sexual harassment.
Roy Moore is kind of impressively terrifying. He’s had ties to white nationalist groups, promoted the bizarre theory about Obama being born outside the US, and has literally been removed from two different positions in government. One time was for refusing to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments after orders to do so by the federal court, and the other time was for ignoring the fact that same-sex marriage is now unconstitutional. He’s also suggested that 9/11 may have been our punishment from turning away from God, and called homosexuality “an act so heinous that it defies one’s ability to describe it.
Evidently, Moore considers himself a divine human being and all of us (everyone else) as sinners. Also evidently, Moore sexually harassed 14-16 year olds in his mid thirties, decades ago. His team has responded to the allegations with “this garbage is the very definition of fake news” and “if the allegations were true, they would have surfaced during his previous campaigns.” Hmm. Hmmmm.
Jim Ziegler, state auditor of Alabama defended Moore’s actions using the Bible. “Take Joseph and Mary,” he said, “Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus.” What exactly is he suggesting….?
So what’s going to happen now? It’s a good question. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has called for Moore to “step aside,” and Colorado Senator Cory Gardner who heads the party’s campaign committee, said “If Moore refuses to withdraw and wins, the Senate should vote to expel him, because he does not meet the ethical and moral requirements of the United States Senate.” Oh, so there are ethical and moral requirements involved in government? Good to know.
It seems very unlikely that Roy’s about to be a senator.
It also seems many of Moore’s life choices fit the description: “an act so heinous it defies one’s ability to describe it.”