In the Republican stronghold of Alabama, issues like the military, LGBT rights, and abortion hold high importance. Several women have accused Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct. Some of the girls were as young as 14 at the time. Those allegations subsequently caused many to withdraw their support. The Washingtonian reports those now include the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and recently, even his own now-former communications director.
Increasingly, supporters scramble to save Moore’s campaign. One hot issue might hold the keys to the kingdom, or lock Moore out entirely.
Are abortion and pedophilia created equal?
Roy Moore stands accused of sexual misconduct. | Scott Olson/Getty Images
Former Trump aide Stephen Moore told CNN’s Josh Berman he views Moore and Doug Jones as morally equal. He also called Moore “kind of a creep,” but said Jones “is no saint either.
“The Democratic candidate is for partial birth abortion in a state that’s highly Christian and Catholic,” he continued. “So there’s no moral high ground here between the two candidates.”
“Except one is an alleged child molester,” Berman noted. “And the other one is for partial birth abortion, which a lot of people in Alabama think can amount to murder,” Moore responded.
Moore’s wife coined the phrase ‘full-term abortions’
Kayla Moore defends her husband by making things up. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images
According to The Huffington Post, Moore’s wife said Jones stands for “full-term abortions” when defending her husband. “[The media] is down here trying to distract the attention from our opponent, who is ultra-liberal, who was an Obama delegate, who is for full-term abortions, who is for more gun restrictions, who is for transgender bathrooms, who is for transgender in the military, is against everything we in Alabama believe,” Kayla Moore said.
While full-term abortions don’t actually exist, Moore probably intended to reference late-term abortions. Jones’ record might also hurt him in that regard, regardless of Roy Moore’s.
The GOP candidate is about as Conservative as they come
Steve Bannon supports Roy Moore. | Scott Olson/Getty Images
The LA Times writes evangelical Christians love Moore for his stance on the Ten Commandments. He repeatedly insisted on placing monuments to them in his courtrooms. Those include the state Judicial Building, in violation of a court order. The lawmaker also refused to recognize same-sex marriage. His controversial positions led to his ejection from his seat as Supreme Court Justice in 2003 as well as last year.
While some Christians and Conservatives champion his highly conservative views, other see them as problematic. The most recent allegations might just break the camel’s back. “I think Roy Moore has crossed a line, and even Republicans who reluctantly voted for Trump see this differently,” said Richard Fording, a political science professor at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. “It’s hard to deny that he’s creepy.”
Moore believes personhood begins at conception
Some support Moore despite the accusations, because of his views on abortion. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images
In a 2014 case involving a pregnant woman using drugs, Moore’s Supreme Court decision argued for the personhood of her fetus, New York Magazine says. That decision read, in part, “Because a human life with a full genetic endowment comes into existence at the moment of conception, the self-evident truth that ‘all men are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights’ encompasses the moment of conception.”
He applied Alabama’s chemical-endangerment statute to include all human beings from the moment of conception. Moore also filed a 2012 amicus brief with his Foundation for Moral Law. It involved a proposed personhood constitutional amendment, similar to one in Oklahoma.
Moore’s opponent follows the rule of law regarding abortion
Doug Jones, on the other hand, supports following current abortion laws. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images
While Jones has come under fire for his liberal position on matters like abortion and gay marriage, they could appeal to more liberal suburbs, according to the LA Times.
In a Nov. 2 interview with AL.com, Jones clarified his stance on abortion. “I fully support a woman’s freedom to choose to what happens to her own body,” he said. “Having said that, the law for decades has been that late-term procedures are generally restricted except in the case of medical necessity. That’s what I support. I don’t see any changes in that.”
Trump’s counsel spoke in support of Moore
Beverly Young Nelson, who accused Moore, points to a picture of herself in her high school yearbook. | Spencer Platt/Getty Images
In a bid to drum up support for the tax bill, Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway may have violated ethics rules by mentioning Moore. USA Today reports Conway told Alabama voters not to “be fooled” on Fox News.
“He will be a vote against tax cuts. He is weak on crime. Weak on borders. He is strong on raising your taxes. He is terrible for property owners,” Conway said. When asked directly whether the White House supports a vote for Moore, Conway added, “I’m telling you that we want the votes in the Senate to get this tax bill through.”
The president says to believe the accused candidate
Rose Falvey protests across the street from a ‘Women For Moore’ rally in support of. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images
President Donald Trump called the current avalanche of sexual misconduct allegations a “very special time” for women. At the same time, he appeared to defend Moore, according to Newsweek. “Women are very special,” Trump told reporters. The president also stands accused of sexual misconduct, but so far, suffers none of the fallout many others have.
According to The New York Times, he called Jones’ record “terrible.” He said if the allegations held any merit, they’d have come up by now. “We don’t need a liberal person in there, a Democrat, Jones,” Trump said. “I’ve looked at his record. It’s terrible on crime. It’s terrible on the border [and also] terrible on the military.”
Regardless of Jones’ record, no one ever accused him of sexual misconduct with a minor. And he definitely doesn’t support full-term abortions.
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