When the Republican Party decided to embrace Donald Trump, it lost any real ability to claim a “moral high ground” on much of anything. Remarkably, backing a self-admitted sexual predator on his third marriage who’s said some Nazis are “fine people” hasn’t stopped these Republican hypocrites from continuing to proclaim they’re the “party of Christian values and the moral majority.”
No matter how awful or insensible Trump’s behavior has been, the vast majority of the GOP has been right behind him, making excuses for comments and behavior they’d never let someone who didn’t have an “R” next to their name on the ballot box get away with.
That said, last Thursday when news broke concerning allegations that Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore had molested a 14-year-old, tried to date a 16-year-old, and did date a 17-year-old he met while speaking to her high school class — all while he was in his 30’s — GOP leadership were quick to call for Moore to step down “if” the accusations were true.
The GOP’s senate campaign arm even cut financial ties with Moore the very next day.
That same day Moore also ran to Fox News’ Sean Hannity where he tried to proclaim his innocence — yet only made himself look even more guilty.
Then on Monday, after another woman came forward alleging Moore assaulted her when she was 16, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said that he “believed the women.” Meanwhile, around that same time, other Republicans floated the idea that, if Moore were to win next month, they might try to expel him from the Senate.
While that all seems well and good, and at least makes it appear as if the Republican Party is taking these accusations seriously, don’t be fooled — their quick response to call for Moore to step down likely has little to do with the allegations from any of these women.
This is about the GOP realizing Moore is unstable, possibly legitimately crazy, and a massive political liability. Especially in next month’s election where polls show Democrat Doug Jones has a fairly realistic chance of beating Moore to become Alabama’s next senator.
Think about that for a moment.
Moore is so absolutely batcrap crazy that in Alabama there’s a decent, even if still unlikely, chance that a Democrat might defeat a Republican for one of the highest positions in our country, a United States Senator.
Don’t forget, most of the party, including Trump, backed Moore’s opponent Luther Strange during the primary. So they recognize that Moore’s not someone they want representing the GOP as one of only 100 members of the U.S. Senate. Certainly heading toward next year’s midterms when it’s still very possible that Democrats could reclaim power back in the Senate, and possibly even the House with a little bit of luck and some good candidates earning votes. The last thing Republicans need right now is someone who’s been removed from office as a representative of our judicial system in Alabama for ignoring the Constitution.
Especially after what we saw a week ago with Democrats winning big in Virginia and New Jersey.
While I’m sure some Republicans are legitimately disgusted by these accusations against Moore, I have absolutely no doubt that if he were a strong candidate with a huge edge over his Democratic opponent, the rhetoric coming from party leadership would be much different.
Just like we saw with Trump, for Republicans, really the only thing they care about is winning, and that’s what this is about. The GOP sees this as their way to try to pressure a candidate they didn’t want representing them out of the race, hoping that by doing so, they can possibly (though it’s not cut and dry) replace him with someone who isn’t as much of a political liability.
They seemingly couldn’t care less about what Moore may or may not have done to a 14-year-old girl when he was in his 30’s, for the Republican Party, this is about trying to win next month’s election.