How can the party of virtue and traditional Christian values support a credibly alleged child molester?
Supposedly, it’s all about votes. While a judge who has been accused of inappropriate sexual behaviour with girls between the ages of 14 and 16, a Democrat could seriously impact the legislation they seek to pass, as well as work against the issues they hold dear.
One issue that is brought up is abortion rights, claiming that a vote for a democrat is a vote for the continuation of pro-choice legislation. The problem with this argument is that there is no proposed pro-life or pro-choice reform in place, and ultimately a fight for pro-life rights is outside of the US congress, and sits with the US Supreme Court.
Many defend Roy Moore by saying that the women are lying, and that the stories are mostly left-wing conspiracy theories seeking to discredit a perfectly reasonable conservative candidate. The issue with this argument is that the women have evidence of contact with Roy Moore as children, though he said he’d never met them, and these same women openly support President Trump.
While Republicans could have very easily run a write-in candidate campaign, a safe bet for a red state like Alabama, they instead chose to ignore the issue, until finally endorsing the republican candidate. At the same time, democrats have come forward demanding the resignation of democratic congressmen alleged of sexual misconduct, including Al Franken. This seems to be a disingenuous move, since the move happened only after public outcry mounted and the republican party endorsed Roy Moore, however they are at least holding their party-members responsible.
Politically, the republicans may be giving up huge political capital by allowing the democrats to claim to be the truly virtuous party, holding over republican’s heads that not only is there a child-molester in their midst, but they helped get him elected. On the road to 2018 and 2020, this could prove massively damaging to the republican brand.
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