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‘If True’: GOP Lawmakers Are Finding a Way to Defend Roy Moore From Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse

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Almost every Republican Senator who has spoken out – except one – is in some way, shape, or form finding a way to defend “Judge” Roy Moore from allegations of child sexual abuse. Thursday the Washington Post published an extensive report detailing on-the-record allegations by four women against the Alabama Republican senatorial nominee, and backed up by interviews with more than 30 people who knew Moore during the time period in which the alleged misconduct took place.

In short, one woman says when she was 14 Moore, 32 years old at the time, took her to his home, stripped to his underwear, touched her bra and underwear, and placed her hand on his underwear over his groin.

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Three other women allege when they were 16 or 18 Moore, again, in his 30’s, attempted behaviors including kissing. None allege sexual intercourse.

No Republican U.S. Senator or Representative, except for Sen. John McCain, has wholly denounced Moore and said he must step down.

Former McCain campaign senior strategist Steve Schmidt also denounced Moore:

Every other Republican lawmaker who has responded has found a way to defend Moore.

Most, merely by questioning the allegations – and therefore, the women themselves.

Every Republican Senator who has responded to the allegations against Roy Moore has found a way to use the “if true” method to defend him.

The Washington Post story has four women, all of whom are Republicans, some even voted for Trump, who has endorsed Moore. It also has 30 sources. There is no need for “if true” at this point.

It’s not a court of law. No one’s being asked to send him to jail (yet), just to believe four women who accused him of what most others would call inappropriate behavior, and one, child sexual abuse. 

Who is going to decide if the on-the-record allegations are true, and when? Will Moore have to be tried and convicted before the allegations are “true”? It’s a convenient challenge these GOP lawmakers have created.

The Atlantic reached out to all 52 Republican senators to ask whether they think Moore should withdraw from the Alabama Senate race, based on the allegations,” The Atlantic’s David A. Graham and Elaine Godfrey report. “Eighteen senators responded, all suggesting that if the Washington Post allegations are true, Moore should withdraw from the race.”

Take a look at these responses, all protecting Moore, all nearly word-for-word the same:

Here’s the second-ranked Republican in the Senate:

Others:

 

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Die-Hard MAGA Trump Supporters in Arizona Think ‘It’s Very Possible’ States Will ‘Decertify’ the 2020 Election

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Donald Trump’s most recent rally in Arizona brought many opportunities for his supporters to explain why they think the former president will be back in office any day.

Politico spoke to a few MAGA folks on the ground at the event and got their thoughts on what’s next in the Trump movement.

“I hope states decertify the election. I want to hear him say it’s over, we are ready to move on and hold a new election,” Politico cited Ray Kallatsa from Tucson. “I do think it’s possible, very possible.”

His thoughts echo those of pillow mogul Mike Lindell, who spoke to the crowd ahead of the former president. He cited QAnon language.

“Can you feel the storm building? It’s America,” he said using the allusion of “the storm” which is part of the conspiracy group’s messaging.

The storm, “refers to excessive social conflict that is predicted to occur prior to society reaching the point of ‘The Great Awakening,’ explained Murray State University.

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‘Avalanche of Lies’: Trump’s Arizona Speech Smacked Down by CNN Host

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The morning after Donald Trump rehashed all of his complaints about the 2020 presidential election that saw him lose to President Joe Biden and then attacked fellow Republicans, a CNN host dismissed his words as an “avalanche of lies.”

During the speech, the president also asserted that his “Stop the Steal” rally crowd was massive, telling the crowd, “They talk about the people that walked down to the Capitol, They don’t talk about the size of that crowd. I believe it was the largest crowd I’ve ever spoken before, and they were there to protest the election.”

After sharing clips of Trump’s ranting about critics within his own party who aren’t buying into his election lies, host Abby Phillip cut to the chase and also noted the former president’s defense of the Capitol insurrectionists.

“I don’t actually recommend people listen to the avalanche of lies last night,” she stated, “but it’s notable how much effort went into defending these January 6th defendants and saying that they were being held as political prisoners. It’s a window into where this is all headed for Republicans.”

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Speaking with host Ali Velshi, Vance suggested more indictments are likely to follow.

“One of the keys to understanding this indictment is it doesn’t look at January 6th as just one day,” she began. “The conduct starts shortly after the election and continues to January 6th. We now seemingly have a more firm answer to the direction whether the DOJ is looking at January 6th as a standalone day or is this continuing course of conduct surrounding the big lie.”

“The fact they are looking at the longer spectrum of conduct is good news for people who want to see people who were involved in the day’s events held responsible for all of the efforts to interfere with the election, not just the violence that manifested on January 6th” she continued. “This is prosecutors continuing to move up that ladder of responsibility. They’ve now hit a point with people involved in a definitive way and the violence on that day. The question is whether some of these individuals and other people who have been indicted will decide to cooperate with prosecutors and if they decide to cooperate, what information they may have to share.”

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