If you’re a Republican in need of a safe place to push lies and be propped up by a soulless fraud who’s willing to defend anything just as long as he feels it will benefit his own interests, you go to Fox News’ Sean Hannity.
That’s exactly what Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore did on Friday to proclaim that the accusations by four women, one of whom was 14 at the time she claims he molested her, were “completely false.”
The problem is, Moore was defensive and frequently contradicted himself throughout the interview, which is usually a fairly reliable indicator that the person denying that any sort of accusations against them are true is lying.
For instance, after Moore denied the allegations, claiming that he had never met Leigh Corfman specifically, he then seemed to suggest that since all of this was 40 years ago, and he had just returned from the military, that he can’t remember all the “young ladies” he dated.
“With regard to the other girls, you understand this is 40 years ago after my return from the military, I dated a lot of young ladies,” Moore said.
Let me get something straight.
Moore knows, without a shadow of a doubt, that he never met Ms. Corfman — but then in regards to the other three women, he admits that he doesn’t remember all the “young ladies” he dated nearly 40 years ago?
Amazing how his memory seems extremely sharp when it comes to his claim that he never met Corfman, but doesn’t seem to remember if he met any of the other three women.
Things got even more strange when Hannity asked him, specifically, if he had dated any girls in their teens.
“You don’t specifically remember having a girlfriend that was in her late teens even at that time?” Hannity asked.
“I don’t remember that and I don’t remember ever dating any girl without the permission of her mother,” Moore replied.
Again, he knows for a fact that he never met Corfman, but then he says that he can’t remember if — while he was in his 30’s — he dated any women who were in their teens? Furthermore, he knows he never dated a woman without her mother’s permission?
Okay, I get that there are still some staunch traditionalists who are very… very “old school.” But Moore was in his early to mid 30’s when all of this supposedly took place. This also happened in the late 70’s and early 80’s when the age of women Moore should have been trying to date were old enough to no longer be living at home with their mothers. Is Moore trying to claim that he would never go on a date with any woman, even one that might have been in her late 20’s or early 30’s and living on her own, without first meeting her mother to ask for permission?
When you add in the fact that Moore didn’t deny that — in his 30’s — he was possibly trying to date teenage girls (which as a 36-year-old man myself is just — gross), it seems he might have had a bit of a “slip of the tongue” when he followed that effort to avoid giving a specific answer to Hannity’s question by saying he never dated a woman without asking her mother’s permission.
If you ask me, this was the classic case of someone trying to tell a lie who accidentally slipped up and mixed in some truth that contradicts the lie he was trying to tell. A credible journalist would have probably picked up on this, but this was Sean Hannity, so he clearly didn’t.
Though things got even stranger when Moore denied engaging in any sort of “sexual activity,” claiming everything was “appropriate.” That’s a rather odd comment from someone who just a few minutes before, had said he didn’t recall if he had ever dated underage girls when he was in his 30’s.
If he never tried to have any type of relationship with an underage female, then why would Moore be defensive to such an extent that he’d make sure to point out that he “never had any sexual activity” and that “the behavior was altogether appropriate.”
That doesn’t make any sense.
Even if Moore had been sexual with an 18-year-old woman, that’s not illegal. So why claim that nothing sexual happened if there’s nothing illegal about what you did?
Once again, a credible journalist conducting a real interview would have picked up on all of this and pushed back, but this was Sean Hannity, so he definitely wasn’t going to pursue it.
Then after this interview where Moore claimed he didn’t recall if he dated any women in their teens, he emphatically denied that he ever did:
Roy Moore now absolutely denies dating women in their teens after hedging earlier
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) November 10, 2017
Nothing in his story makes a lot of sense.
- Denied he ever met Leigh Corfman.
- However, indicated he couldn’t remember if he had ever met and/or dated any of the other three women, playing up the fact that it was 40 years ago.
- When he was asked if he had ever dated women in their teens, he said he couldn’t remember — but stated that he always asked the mothers of the women he dated for permission first.
- Claimed that he “never had any sexual activity” with the women, stating his “behavior was altogether appropriate,” which is an odd thing to say from someone who claims he never dated any females who were underage — in reference to allegations from four women, three of whom were under 18 when they claim he tried to or did date them.
- Following the interview, he specifically denied that he had ever dated any teenage girls.
In my opinion, these are not comments from a man who’s telling the truth. They’re contradictory, vague, and defensive. That’s typically not the behavior of someone who’s innocent and has nothing to hide.
While he denied the accusations, everything else he said, and the way he said it, seems to indicate, at least in my opinion, that these allegations are probably true. He’s just denying the most serious charge, that he engaged in sexual activity with a 14-year-old, because that’s the one that would brand him a sexual predator.
Listen to the interview below via Fox News: