Following a stunning article published by The Washington Post concerning allegations by several females against GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, Breitbart was quick to come to the defense of his alleged inappropriate sexual contact with teenage girls.
Yes, mark November 9, 2017 as the day Breitbart, as well as many Republicans, defended an alleged pedophile running for the United States Senate. Though that shouldn’t surprise anyone considering these are many of the same people who also voted for Trump, a self-admitted sexual predator who’s been accused by at least 15 women of sexual harassment and/or assault.
The allegations in The Washington Post story are bad.
One, in particular, from Leigh Corfman who says she was 14 when Moore approached her outside of a courtroom in Etowah Country, Alabama.
As reported by The Washington Post:
She was sitting on a wooden bench with her mother, they both recall, when the man introduced himself as Roy Moore.
It was early 1979 and Moore — now the Republican nominee in Alabama for a U.S. Senate seat — was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney. He struck up a conversation, Corfman and her mother say, and offered to watch the girl while her mother went inside for a child custody hearing.
“He said, ‘Oh, you don’t want her to go in there and hear all that. I’ll stay out here with her,’ ” says Corfman’s mother, Nancy Wells, 71. “I thought, how nice for him to want to take care of my little girl.”
Alone with Corfman, Moore chatted with her and asked for her phone number, she says. Days later, she says, he picked her up around the corner from her house in Gadsden, drove her about 30 minutes to his home in the woods, told her how pretty she was and kissed her. On a second visit, she says, he took off her shirt and pants and removed his clothes. He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear.
Two of Corfman’s childhood friends also confirmed that she told them that she was seeing an older man, with one identifying that male as Roy Moore.
There are also three other women who’ve come forward with stories about Moore. One was 14, though she said he didn’t ask her out until she was 16 (her parents wouldn’t let her date the much older Moore), while the other two were 17 and 18.
For the record, Moore was 32 when the alleged incident with the 14-year-old took place and was 34 when he met the 17-year-old while speaking to her high school class. As for the 16-year-old he wasn’t allowed to date, he met her when she was working as Santa’s helper at a mall — when she was 14.
To put that in another way, Moore allegedly picked up a 14-year-old after he offered to watch her outside a courtroom for her mother while she went inside for a custody hearing, met a 17-year-old at her high school, and approached another 14-year-old when she was working as Santa’s little helper at a mall.
While these are clearly allegations surrounding events that apparently took place decades ago, it’s not just these women who are saying that this all took place. The Washington Post also found friends and family members, including the mother of the 16-year-old who wasn’t allowed to date Moore, who confirmed that these events occurred.
Yet despite all of this, Breitbart wasted almost no time trying to defend Moore.
Here’s the actual headline of their article: After Endorsing Democrat in Alabama, Bezos’s Washington Post Plans to Hit Roy Moore With Allegations of Inappropriate Relations With Teenagers; Judge Claims Smear Campaign
From the get-go, Breitbart was trying to paint this as a “hit job” on Moore, instantly undermining the credibility of the women making these claims against him.
They clearly attempted to downplay three of the allegations:
One of the women was 18 when she claimed that she went on several dates with Moore. The charge in the claim is that when they went to a local pizzeria, Moore ordered wine even though the woman was one year younger than the legal drinking age in Alabama. The woman is not cited making any claims of inappropriate sexual conduct.
Another woman says when she was 17 and Moore was 34, they openly dated each other in the spring of 1981. This woman also is not cited making any claims of inappropriate sexual conduct. In fact, she characterized Moore as being romantic, reading poetry to her, and playing the guitar. The woman is cited saying that physical contact only involved kissing and did not progress any further.
A third woman claims that when she was working at a local mall as a Santa’s helper when she was 14, Moore approached her. She claims he asked her to go on dates when she was 16 but that her mother would not allow it.
Okay, fair enough, 18 is perfectly legal so there was nothing wrong with him asking that particular woman out. Even if the age difference between the two was still rather large, it wasn’t illegal.
But then Breitbart actually defends Moore dating a 17-year-old when he was twice her age by making sure to note that she didn’t accuse him of any sexual contact, but they play up how “romantic” Moore was — when he was 34-years-old dating a 17-year-old girl he met while she was in class in high school.
You can’t make this stuff up.
Though I’d like to point out that the details from the 14-year-old he met at the mall are far more scarce than the first two women. Probably because her mother told The Washington Post that, at 16 when Moore tried to date her daughter, she felt he was “robbing the cradle.”
While Brietbart does detail what the woman alleges Moore did to her when she was 14, they make sure to frequently describe the allegations as “The Post characterization” of the events, instead of the woman’s own words which The Washington Post quoted verbatim.
Breitbart then made it clear that The Washington Post was owned by Jeff Bezos and endorsed Moore’s Democratic opponent for the U.S. Senate, Doug Jones. They then brought up “documentation” they claim proves Jones has ties with far-left groups backed by George Soros.
Because of course they did.
Though what they didn’t mention is that, while they’re trying to accuse The Washington Post of playing politics and essentially making all of this up to hurt Moore since they endorsed his opponent, the person who runs Breitbart, Steve Bannon, has heavily backed Moore throughout his campaign. So there’s definitely irony in Breitbart accusing The Washington Post of having some sort of political agenda, when Breitbart’s controlled by someone who’s made it clear he plans to use it as a weapon to push his own personal agenda and back the candidate he wants to see elected.
While Republican leadership has come out and said Moore should step aside if the allegations are true, that’s mainly because he’s so batcrap crazy that they’d love nothing more than for him not to be on the ticket. With polls showing that a Democrat in Alabama might have a good chance to actually win there, obviously the GOP would like to replace Moore with someone who’s not nearly as big of a political liability.
Furthermore, when you’re a political party that’s openly embraced and supported a self-admitted sexual predator and man who’s been accused by multiple women of sexual assault and/or harassment, you don’t get to act as if you’re suddenly offended by the sexual misconduct of another member of your party.
This is the new reality in which we’re currently all living. One where it’s apparently okay to back sexual predators, even those who target children, just as long they have an “R” next to their name and might support the policies you want passed.
If anyone reading this wondered if there was any low to which the conservative media wouldn’t stoop to defend Republicans, this pretty much proves that there isn’t.
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