On Tuesday, President Donald J. Trump told reporters that he believes embattled Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore (R) is a better choice for the senate than his Democratic opponent. The veiled endorsement reverberated across the liberal media, and stirred up the panelists on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” Wednesday, they lambasted the Republican Party, and one suggested the GOP now risks becoming the “party of pedophiles.”
“If your moral code doesn’t dictate that you come out strongly against someone who’s been accused of these things, maybe a political, strategic argument would prevail on the president, which is that you win this seat, this Senate seat for Roy Moore, it’s a Pyrrhic victory because you will be saddled, as you all have just said, as the party of a pedophiles for the rest of Roy Moore’s term,” panelist Willie Geist said.
Co-host Joe Scarbrough commented that Moore will lose to Democrat Doug Jones in the Dec. 12 special election, prompting panelist John Heilemann to declare: “Then in that case you get the worst of all worlds where you lose the seat, and in the process of losing it you’ve become the party of pedophiles.”
Trump’s seeming support for Moore stems from comments he made Tuesday. “We don’t need a liberal person in there, a Democrat,” the president said during impromptu comments to reporters.
Reporters brought up all the sexual allegations facing Moore, to which Trump responded, “Well, he denies it, he totally denies it, he says it didn’t happen, so you have to listen to him also.”
While other Republicans have called on Moore to drop out of the race, Moore has denied all of the allegations and vowed to finish the campaign.
Moore’s first accuser was Leigh Corfman, who said that when she was 14, Moore did have sexual contact with her that went beyond kissing, although she says they did not have intercourse.
“It never happened,” Moore said during an interview with Sean Hannity. “I don’t know Miss Corfman from anybody. I never talked to or never had any contact with her. Allegations of sexual misconduct with her are completely false. I believe they’re politically motivated.”
The Washington Post broke the story of Moore’s accusers, which also include:
- Wendy Miller, 16 when she says Moore he asked her on dates.
- Debbie Wesson Gibson, 17 when she says Moore asked her out on a date.
- Gloria Thacker Deason, 18 when she says Moore took her on dates.
- Becky Gray, 22 when she says Moore repeatedly asked her out, causing her to complain to her manager.
None of those accusers say Moore forced them into any relationship or sexual contact.
Other accusers include:
- Beverly Young-Nelson, 16 when she says Moore “groped her and tried to push her head into his crotch.”
- Tina Johnson, 29 when she says Moore flirted with her and touched her butt.
- Gena Richardson, 18 when she says Moore planted an unwanted kiss on her lips.
“I can tell you without hesitation, this is absolutely false,” Moore said during a press conference on Nov. 13, regarding Young-Nelson. “I never did what she said I did. I don’t even know the woman.”
Moore has maintained his innocence in relation to all of the allegations the women made against him.
Below is a video of the complete Morning Joe segment: