Almost every Republican Senator who has spoken out â€“Â except one â€“Â 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 againstÂ 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.
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. SenatorÂ or Representative, except for Sen. John McCain, has wholly denounced Moore and said he must step down.
The allegations against Roy Moore are deeply disturbing and disqualifying. He should immediately step aside and allow the people of Alabama to elect a candidate they can be proud of.
â€” John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) November 9, 2017
Former McCain campaign senior strategist Steve Schmidt also denounced Moore:
Roy Moore is a sick man. He is a pedophile. This story is deeply sourced. It is credible and I believe the women.
â€” Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) November 9, 2017
Every other Republican lawmaker who has responded has found a way to defend Moore.
Most, merely by questioning the allegations â€“ and therefore, the women themselves.
“If true” is rape culture
â€” Talia Lavin (@chick_in_kiev) November 9, 2017
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 question every senator needs to answer about Roy Moore is:
“Do you believe her?”
It’s taken until this cultural moment in 2017 for the answer to that question to be, “yes.”
â€” Kasie Hunt (@kasie) November 9, 2017
All these GOP senators say theyâ€™ll disavow Moore â€œifâ€ the allegations are true. What is the level of proof they require? Only if Moore fesses up? Women are on the record.
â€” Amanda Terkel (@aterkel) November 9, 2017
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.
“Whoa if true” is not an acceptable answer to four women alleging pedophilia on the record
â€” Lucia Graves (@lucia_graves) November 9, 2017
It’s not a court of law. No one’s being asked to send him to jail (yet), just to believeÂ four women who accused him of what most others would call inappropriate behavior, and one, child sexual abuse.Â
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 AtlanticÂ 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 GodfreyÂ report. “Eighteen senators responded, all suggesting that if theÂ Washington PostÂ 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:
The allegations against Roy Moore are very serious and if true, he should step down as a candidate for the Senate.
â€” Senator John Hoeven (@SenJohnHoeven) November 9, 2017
The allegations in the Washington Post story are deeply disturbing, and if proven true, Judge Moore should immediately step aside
â€” Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) November 9, 2017
Sen. Mike Lee, one of very few Rs who endorsed Moore after the primary win: â€œIf these allegations are true, Judge Moore should resign.â€
â€” Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) November 9, 2017
Here’s the second-ranked Republican in the Senate:
Cornyn says of on-the-record testimony that Moore initiated sexual contact with a 14-yr-old girl: “Iâ€™m interested in seeing what substantiation there is for the story.â€ https://t.co/VYpx8eFbvS
â€” Alice Ollstein (@AliceOllstein) November 9, 2017
WH legislative director Marc Short on Roy Moore: “They’re very serious allegations, and if true, then yes, there’s no path forward…but I don’t think we should begin going down that pathway until we give Roy Moore the chance to defend himself.” (@CNNSitRoom)
â€” David Wright (@DavidWright_CNN) November 9, 2017
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‘Boldly Ignorant’ Ted Cruz Slammed by Retired NYPD Detective for His Suggestions to Protect Kids
Appearing on MSNBC’s “The Katie Phang Show,” a retired NYPD detective expressed disgust with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) over his attempts to dismiss the idea of new gun laws to protect children in schools and instead is insisting America needs to turn schools into fortresses.
In interviews and appearing at the NRA convention this weekend in Houston, Cruz has vociferously disregarded the easy availability of high-powered weapons and instead focused on a door that was left open at the elementary school where the shooting occurred.
After host Phang shared a clip of the Texas Republican making his case, she asked former law enforcement detective Marq Claxton his thoughts on what Cruz was proposing.
Calling the controversial senator “boldly ignorant,” he proceeded to rip Cruz’s proposal apart.
“Marq, I was a prosecutor for half my career, I never prosecuted somebody for leaving a door open. How absurd is this proposal by Ted Cruz that the solution is to make sure that we don’t have too many doors at our schools?” host Phang asked.
“Ted Cruz’s statements were boldly ignorant and dismissive of the clear obvious danger that is faced by so many people in society because of the prevalence of violence and gun violence in particular,” he replied. “It really shows just how so many political electeds lack the fortitude to move forward and do the right thing: save lives.”
“Instead of sloganeering, Mr. Cruz and his other elected colleagues really should be working on legislation that provides, or minimizes the risk of damage, and could quite possibly and probably save lives,” he continued. “That is some additional gun restrictions, some background checks, there are other things that are out there that will undoubtedly be effective and save lives, and prevent these gun violence deaths.”
Watch the segment below or at this link.
‘Taking Us All for Fools’: Critics Decimate Greg Abbott’s Claims and Defense of His Actions in Wake of School Shooting
Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott in a press conference that left reporters frustrated defended his actions and insisted his earlier praise for law enforcement’s widely criticized response to the Uvalde school massacre was the result of being “misled.”
“I am livid about what happened,” Abbott declared, blaming others for his “recitation of what people in that room told me.”
“I was misled … the information that I was given turned out in part to be inaccurate. And I’m absolutely livid about that” — Greg Abbott on his initial false statement portraying Uvalde first responders as heroes pic.twitter.com/dUIdxnicjm
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 27, 2022
Critics aren’t buying his claims.
Abbott, who’s in the middle of a heated re-election campaign, appeared extremely defensive when reporters asked him questions.
“Let’s be clear about one thing. None of the laws I signed this past session had any intersection with this crime at all,” Abbott told reporters when asked if he would call the legislature back for a special session, as The Texas Tribune’s Sewell Chan noted.
“No law that I signed allowed him to get a gun,” Abbott insisted.
“The answers fell pretty flat,” opined MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace, who noted the press event lasted just 36 minutes, less time than the police officers “stood outside and did nothing,” which was 47 minutes.
Abbott ended the press conference with many reporters almost begging him to take more questions. As the governor left one frustrated reporter was caught on a hot mic saying “unbelievable.”
Chan, who is the editor in chief of the Tribune, added on Twitter: “Abbott rejects background checks as a simplistic and ineffective fix. Wouldn’t have prevented Sutherland Springs and Santa Fe shootings, he says. Tries to turn focus to broken mental health system.”
Former FBI assistant director for counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi on MSNBC delivered a strong rebuke to Governor Abbott’s remarks.
“No amount of free flights, no amount of free caskets, no amount of mental health counseling is going to bring back any one of those murdered children,” Figliuzzi said, referring to Abbott’s announcement an anonymous donor is putting up $175,000 for funeral expenses of those who were murdered in the shooting and said the state will pay for mental health treatment.
Abbott also insisted that since Texas became a state it’s been legal for 18-year-olds to buy long guns.
Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was murdered in the Parkland school shooting, blasted Abbott:
.@GregAbbott_TX responding to a question on long rifles “it seems like only in the past decade or two we have had school shootings.” Governor, the assault weapons ban ended in 2004. See the connection? You have actively helped to sell millions of weapons since then.
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) May 27, 2022
And long guns of today, as Figliuzzi noted, are often semi-automatic “killing machines.”
“The governor seems completely unable to understand that he can easily make a distinction when you’re talking about whether an 18-year-old should buy an assault rifle or not. And all he cares about is a century of history in Texas on long guns. We didn’t have the AR-15 style assault weapons back then. He can easily make a distinction and say, ‘you can go hunting, here are the rifles you can do, you can buy, you can possess – and here’s an assault-style rifle.'”
“If he thinks that people are stupid and unable to understand that there is a clear distinction between a killing machine and a hunting rifle, that he’s taking us all for fools.”
‘I Apologize for Interrupting Your Press Conference’: Tearful Texas Democrat Urges Greg Abbott to ‘Do Something’ on Guns
The Texas Democratic State Senator who represents Uvalde stood up during Greg Abbott’s Friday afternoon press conference and almost begged the Republican Governor to “do something” about gun violence after Tuesday’s massacre at Robb Elementary School that took 21 lives.
Abbott was trying to place the blame for the school shooting on mental health despite the gunman having no documented issues, and told attendees, “we’re focusing our attention on the wrong thing.”
That was not good enough for Democratic State Senator Roland Gutierrez, who politely introduced himself and said, “I’m not making a political speech.”
“My colleagues are asking for a special session, you’re getting a letter tomorrow,” from the Senate Democratic Caucus.
“We’ve asked for gun control changes – I’m asking you now, bring us back in three weeks.”
Gutierrez grew emotional, sounding as if he was choking up, and added, “I apologize for interrupting your press conference about the needs of this community. I’ve been here for three days with all of these elected officials – this county judge has been working his ass off,” he continued.
“I don’t know how to express the loss of the families that I’ve talked to,” he added.
“You have to do something, man,” Gutierrez said, all but begging the governor to take action, and saying his “own colleagues are calling me and telling me this is enough.”
“I’m sorry to interrupt your press conference… you have to do something” pic.twitter.com/OiRI1OQZWQ
— Acyn (@Acyn) May 27, 2022
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