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People Are Actually Defending Roy Moore’s Statutory Rape and It’s Fucking Disgusting

On Thursday, The Washington Post broke a story in which a woman named Leigh Corfman claimed that current Republican Senate-nominee Roy Moore initiated a sexual relationship with her when she was 14 and he was 32. Other woman also said that Moore approached them with intentions for sexual relationships when they were teenagers.

One would expect (and hope, for that matter) that something like this would tarnish the career of someone as horrible as Moore. But, as can be expected in the world of modern American politics, that’s not the case, and people are even rallying to defend Moore against these allegations.

Fox News host Sean Hannity said during his radio program The Sean Hannity Show that the encounters were “consensual” and that he doubted the allegations were even true. Hey, Sean, minors can’t consent to sex with adults.

Alabama state auditor Jim Ziegler equated Moore’s conduct to the biblical story of Mary and Joseph, telling the Washington Examiner, “take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus.” Yes, a state politician used Christianity to justify statutory rape.

According to tweets by Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale, chair of the GOP in Marion County, Alabama David Hall said the encounters were irrelevant since they occurred several decades ago.

Thankfully, there are people who hold significant amount of weight in the Republican Party who are condemning Moore for his actions, demanding that he must be removed from power if the allegations are true.

Mike Pence’s press secretary said on behalf of the Vice President that, “The Vice President found the allegations in the story disturbing and believes, if true, this would disqualify anyone from serving in office.”

Representing the Republican senators, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, “If these allegations are true, he must step aside.”

Texas Senator and 2016 Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz stated,

If they are true, Judge Moore should immediately withdraw. However, we need to know the truth, and Judge Moore has the right to respond to these accusations.

Senator John McCain also weighed in on the situation via Twitter.

While it is good to see Republicans in Washington condemning Moore for his actions, it is abhorrent to hear other political figures support Moore despite the allegations. It has become clear over the past few years that we live in a country where many of those in power don’t give a shit about sexual assault allegations, and something must be done about it. I am absolutely disgusted.

[via Elite Daily]

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