GOP Lawmaker Downplays Moore Accusations, Says ‘Foolish’ Women ‘Should be Prosecuted’

Just when you think Republicans can’t stoop any lower, just wait — because they will. Only this time, instead of voting for and defending a self-admitted sexual predator who had been accused by at least 15 women of sexual harassment and/or assault, they’re defending someone who’s literally being accused of sexually assaulting a child.



While most GOP leaders have begun distancing themselves from their party’s Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore, there are still quite a few Republicans, and members of the conservative media, who’ve decided they’re going to defend someone who’s now been accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old he picked up outside of a courthouse while her mother went inside for a custody hearing, of trying to date another 14-year-old girl he met while she worked as Santa’s littler helper at a mall (though he didn’t ask her out until she was 16), and actually dated a 17-year-old girl who he met while he was speaking to her high school class — all while he was in his early 30’s.

For example, Alabama state auditor Jim Ziegler who tried using Christianity to defend Moore from the accusations, saying, “Take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus.”

However, of all the horrific things I’ve seen conservatives say to defend Moore, possibly the worst came from Alabama state lawmaker Rep. Ed Henry who not only said he feels the women accusing Moore should “be prosecuted,” but seemed to suggest that even if these stories are true, so much time has passed since it happened, without any other women coming forward, that it’s really not a big deal.

As reported by The Cullman Times:

“The idea that accusations like this would stop his campaign is ludicrous. If this was a habit, like you’ve read with Bill Cosby and millions of dollars paid to settle cases and years of witnesses, that would be one thing,” Henry said. “You cannot tell me there hasn’t been an opportunity through the years to make these accusations with as many times as he’s (Moore) run (for office) and been in the news.

Henry said he believes legal action should be considered against Moore’s accusers, finding their story unbelievable.

“If they believe this man is predatory, they are guilty of allowing him to exist for 40 years. I think someone should prosecute and go after them. You can’t be a victim 40 years later, in my opinion,” Henry said.

So, to summarize the appalling comments you just read, at least as I understood them:

  • Even if Moore did sexually assault a 14-year-old nearly 40 years ago when he was more than twice her ago, it’s not a big deal because, at least as far as we know, he hasn’t done it again.
  • If true, the women should be prosecuted for not coming forward years ago.
  • A victim of a crime can’t still be a victim 40 years later.

Oh, and of course any Republican calling for Moore to step down is just “part of the establishment” that’s “out to get him.” That’s the new “go-to” line for Republicans. When all else fails, just push the conspiracy that it’s “the establishment out to get them.”


For the record, the woman who said she was 14 when Moore assaulted her is a Republican who voted for Donald Trump.

This is why a lot of women don’t come forward. Often when they do, jackasses like Henry try to slander them in an appalling attempt to defend the accused. In this instance, even going as far as to suggest they should face prosecution.

It’s absolutely disgusting.

This is what the modern day GOP and conservative media has become. A party with no values or morals. It’s a bunch of hypocrites who’ve proven time after time that there really isn’t a level to which they will not stoop to defend or support someone just as long as they have an “R” next to their name.

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  • Eg Kbbs

    The Mary and Joseph argument uses a fallacy that has become part of the Christmas tradition (kind of like Santa Claus wasn’t at the manger either) – there is no reliable mention anywhere of the ages of Mary and Joseph. Plus there is that Virgin Birth thing – kind of means that Mary and Joseph weren’t canoodling.

    But then GOP took it further and Moore stated that he was being persecuted, just like Christ. Kind of a big head there ?

    • Eg Kbbs

      However, one of the more damning things I’m seeing is that trump is trying to avoid it and issuing mealy mouthed statements (if this is true that Moore should quit).

      This is so opposed to trump’s usual style. If trump trusted that Moore was innocent, trump would be yelling “Fake News” (even when caught red handed, trump will use Fake News to deflect). But trump isn’t even trying that.