BREAKING: Top Alabama GOP Senator Turns on Trump: ‘I Couldn’t Vote for Roy Moore’
Some GOP politicians won’t fall in line behind Trump
While President Trump is so intent on supporting an accused child molester to the point of recording a robocall for him, one other local Republican actually has some morals. Richard Shelby, the senior Senator from Alabama, spoke about Moore on State of the Union with Jake Tapper noting how he actually believed the women coming forward with their stories and that he ultimately would not vote for Moore in the election:
“We call it a tipping point, uhh, and I think, so many accusations, so many cuts, so many drip, drip, drip, uhh, when it got to the 14-year-old’s story, story, that was enough for me, I said ‘I can’t vote for Roy Moore.'”
“…There’s a lot of stories there. Lotta smoke, gotta be some fires somewhere.”
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For the record Shelby is not perfect. He made a point to say he understood where Trump’s blatant support was coming from, and emphasized the political aspect, while ignoring the “birds of a feather flock together” aspect that is so obvious given the parallels between the many accusations of sexual assault and harassment against both Trump, and Moore. Instead he emphasized that it was imperative for the GOP to hold the Senate, and that there were plenty of good Republicans in Alabama that were more deserving of the Senator position. Shelby also clarified that he would not be voting for Democratic candidate Doug Jones either, but would instead write in the name of another Republican (potentially Moore’s primary opponent Luther Strange, though Shelby was adamant on hiding the their identity).
In two days the Alabama special election will open up for voters. While special elections in the past, such as the Georgia 6th district, have gained national attention, this race is of significant importance for a couple of reasons. One is the fact that the Democrats need all senators they can in order to block GOP policies in the Senate, as that is the only place where they have the ability to do so.
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The second, of course, pertains to Moore’s own perverted history. Whether or not the allegations against him claiming that he sexually molested or attempt to assault underage girls is true remains to be figured out in a court of law. However, lots of eyewitnesses have come forward confirming that, in his 30s, Moore had a sexual preference for high school minors, going so far as to reportedly get banned from a mall for stalking.
However, some Alabama voters seem undisturbed by Moore’s history. For example, during a Vice interview between GOP strategist Frank Luntz and prospective Roy Moore voters, one of them stated that it was common for underage girls to go out with much older men and even marry them back in Moore’s time.
Regardless of what the failings of the past were, we’ve clearly made social progress in the present. And while you could perhaps argue that point as to whether Moore was out of line then, there’s no doubt that he’s not fit to serve in the United States Senate, now. Our hope is that this focus group does not represent the majority of Alabama’s constituents, because such an argument is an argument for undoing the progress we’ve made as a society.
Check out Tapper’s interview with Shelby below:
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