When Donald Trump first announced that he was running for president, like many others, I mocked the idea. Not because I didn’t think Trump was someone who could appeal to conservative voters, but because, at that time, I actually had some respect for Republicans in that I never honestly believed they’d be ignorant enough to embrace someone like Trump as their presidential candidate.
Nowadays, I have no respect for the Republican Party and those who support it.
Until fairly recently, any time I thought to myself, “Well, at least Republicans can’t go much lower than this,” they’ve proven that they can.
Such as their embrace of credibly accused child molester Roy Moore. A man who, while in his 30’s, allegedly stalked and preyed upon girls as young as 14, sexually abusing at least two of them.
Even Republicans such as Senator Mitch McConnell, someone who was actually quick to call for Moore to drop out of the race, have now cowardly backed down on that stance. In McConnell’s case, he’s taken the gutless approach in saying that he’ll “let the people of Alabama decide.”
What the Roy Moore scandal has shown me about Republicans is that they’re willing to fund, embrace, and vote for literally anyone — even credibly accused child molesters — just as long as that gives them their best chance to defeat a Democrat.
And these people wonder why I call them brainwashed, easily manipulated fools.
Then I found a story concerning a Democrat, former Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, who, like Moore, had been recently accused by multiple people of sexually abusing them as teenagers (one as young as 15) decades ago. Also like Moore, Murray insisted that he was innocent and that his accusers were simply trying to bring him down.
So, what happened with all of that?
Well, despite denying the charges, Murray ended his re-election bid back in May after his first four accusers came forward. Though he eventually resigned from office in September after a 5th accuser, his cousin, came forward and said he had sexually abused him in the mid-70’s.
In a liberal stronghold like Seattle, Democrats weren’t rushing to defend Murray, and he faced increasing pressure from both Democrats and Republicans to step down. As it should be.
I would think that, despite our differences as progressives and conservatives, one thing we would all be able to agree on is that child molesters are horrific monsters who have no business being part of a normal society, let alone representing this country as an elected official.
Well, in a conservative stronghold like Alabama, apparently that’s not the case.
What Republicans have told not just the country, but the entire world, is that as long as you’re willing to vote how they want you to, there’s apparently nothing they won’t tolerate, defend, or excuse — even if you’re a sexual predator who stalked and preyed upon girls as young as 14 years old.