‘He Is a Loving Father and a Grandfather. Most Important, He Is a Christian’
Kayla Moore on Friday continued her defense of her husband, Roy Moore, after allegations over the past week that he sexually assaulted a child, aggressively pursued and sexually assaulted teenaged girls, called a student at herÂ high school to ask her out on a date, and was banned from the local mall and YMCA for hitting on teen girls. Nine women have come forward and gone on the record, using their names, to make the accusations since a week ago Thursday.
â€œLet me set the record straight,â€ Kayla Moore told supporters at a Women for Moore rally Friday afternoon, as Politico reports. â€œEven after all the attacks against me, against my family, against the Foundation and now against my husband, he will not step down. He will not stop fighting for the people of Alabama. In his words, and I quote, â€˜I will not stop until they lay me in that box in the ground.â€™â€
It’s actually unclear how Moore has been “fighting for the people of Alabama.” As a public servant he was a state Supreme Court Chief Justice, an elected role from which he was twice removed for refusing to follow federal law. And as an assistant district attorney several decades ago Moore allegedly hit on teen girls and, again, was allegedly banned from at least two facilities.
Moore opened up her press event by apologizing to supporters for not returning their calls and thanking them for their “prayers.” She and her husband, she claimed, have “been inundated with so much positive response from the people of Alabama.” She claims 90 percent of the messages have been positive, “and most of the negative is from out of state. The people of Alabama understand whatâ€™s going on here.”
Moore attacked The Washington Post, claiming the paper, which first published the allegations last week aboutÂ Roy Moore sexually assaulting a child and pursuing three other teen girls, hasÂ printed “whatever anyone says without checking to even see if it is correct.” But she also claimed Friday that “The Washington Post hasÂ calledÂ everybody that I have ever known for the last 40Â years. They have called everybody my husband has everÂ known for the last 40 years,” which negates her claim that they areÂ not checking to see if whatÂ they are printing is correct. TheÂ Washington Post’s reporting on Roy Moore has been exceptionally well-sourced and documented.
â€” CBS News (@CBSNews) November 17, 2017
â€œWe are in a battle,” Kayla Moore insisted, suggesting her husband’s fight is a religious crusade. “The people of Alabama know him. They have seen what he has done, fighting for life, fighting against abortion and fighting for the acknowledgement of God. Fighting for traditional marriage and fighting for the Second Amendment and our rights, given by God, protected by our Constitution,” she insisted.Â
â€” CBS News (@CBSNews) November 17, 2017
To be clear, it is not the job of a state Supreme CourtÂ Chief Justice toÂ fight against abortion, fight for the acknowledgement of God, fight for traditional marriage, or even to fight for the Second Amendment. It is his or her job toÂ interpret the state Constitution and the laws of the state and apply them properly.
She ended the event with a vote of confidence for her husband.
“Even after all the attacks against me, against my family, against the foundation and now against my husband, [Roy Moore] will not step down,” Kayla Moore says https://t.co/Mx6ZwYUiPC pic.twitter.com/skCY9RYfof
â€” CBS News (@CBSNews) November 17, 2017
â€œI have been married to my husband for over 32 years. He was a graduate of West Point and served our country in Vietnam and has always been an officer and a gentleman,â€ she said. â€œHe is a loving father and a grandfather. Most important, he is a Christian,â€ she said. To that remark her supporters around her echoed, “Yes.”Â
â€œSo let me set the record straight, He will not step down.â€
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‘Getting Our Clocks Cleaned’: Former Adviser Admits Trump’s Candidates All Got ‘Slaughtered’
The morning after another one of Donald Trump’s high-profile hand-picked candidates lost — this time in a Georgia run-off for a U.S. Senate seat — a former adviser to the ex-president admitted the Republican Party can’t handle any more losses by following Trump’s lead because they are getting “slaughtered.”
Sitting in on a “CNN This Morning” panel, GOP campaign adviser David Urban also said Trump and the Republican party’s aversion to mail-in voting is a primary reason “we’re getting our clocks cleaned.”
Speaking with hosts Poppy Harlow and Don Lemon, Urban explained, “It was the president of the United States saying don’t vote by mail, you can’t trust it. Now Republicans are getting their clocks cleaned in early voting, right? We are getting destroyed by mail-in and early voting.”
“Listen, as you guys know, when you vote by mail you can see the votes come in, if you vote incorrectly you can cure it, you can see who didn’t turn out,” he elaborated. “Democrats have built an incredible machine that can do this, who’s come out, didn’t come out. Republicans wait until election day to vote, so the former president got that completely wrong and we need to really focus on this.”
Continuing in that vein he added, “John Avlon, the hour before this said as long as trump wraps up about 35% of the party, you can’t look across that board and say we did well. Trump can’t wake up this morning and say I did okay — he lost everywhere; my home state in Pennsylvania, we got drubbed. So candidates matter, and candidate quality matters.”
“America sorry you’re waking up to this, but Donald Trump is still the dominant force in the Republican Party, this morning, tomorrow morning, and he’s most likely the nominee and stands as a fact to be the next president again,” he added. “Donald Trump stands a very good chance of being president of the United States despite the Walker loss, the senate candidates going down because they’re the ride-or-die Trumpers with him until the end.”
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Raphael Warnock Beats Trump-Backed Herschel Walker – Democrats Increase Senate Majority
Millions of Americans in Georgia voted to re-elect Democratic U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock and send him back to Washington D.C., NBC News projects. It is a clear mandate for the policies enacted by the Biden administration and a strong rebuke for the flailing former president, Donald Trump.
Senator Warnock faced a challenge from a Texas Republican who claimed to live in the Peach State, Trump-backed former NFL star Herschel Walker.
The New York Times, confirming Warnock is the projected winner, reports a huge number of Georgians, more than 3.3 million, voted in the runoff election.
An admitted Texas resident, Walker’s long list of hypocritical claims and actions, falsehoods, lies, and troubling business and tax dealings were only outweighed by the women who accused him of violent behavior, pressuring them and paying for them to get abortions, and revelations he had not one child but four, including a son he almost never sees.
Warnock, who is also the Senior Pastor at the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s church, Ebenezer Baptist, out-raised and out-campaigned Walker, especially in the last week.
Herschel Walker appeared at only two events this weekend, Politico reported, “a tailgate in Atlanta before a University of Georgia football game on Saturday, where he did not speak, and a Sunday rally in Loganville, where his stump speech touched on everything from complaints about pronouns and critical race theory to funding law enforcement.”
With 51 votes in the Senate, Democrats will not be forced into a power-sharing agreement with Republicans as they were two years ago. President Biden will be able to nominate and have confirmed even more judges, an area he has excelled. And Democrats will have full committee majorities, giving them power to issue subpoenas in investigations.
The Washington Post on Tuesday noted that Democrats having 51 votes is “an insurance policy against the unthinkable — the possibility that vacancies or party switches could flip the majority. That has happened before, most recently in 2001. The reason that it hasn’t happened more often is mostly because the Senate isn’t usually this closely divided. But vacancies and seat flips do happen — a lot. In fact, since World War II, about 70 percent of Congresses have featured some kind of shift in partisan balance of the Senate between elections.”
The unthinkable includes the possibility that a Democratic Senator in a state headed by a Republican governor could resign or die, allowing a Republican to be installed in their place. As The Post notes, there are 11 cases currently where that could happen.
Warnock unseated a GOP Senator in a 2020 special election, making this his first full elected six-year term.
White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain notes President Biden “becomes the first President since FDR 1934 to see every Senator in his party re-elected (who was seeking re-election.)”
Guilty on All Counts: Trump Organization Loses Big in Criminal Fraud Case
A jury has found thew crown jewel of Donald Trump’s real estate empire, The Trump Organization, guilty on all counts in a state criminal tax fraud case.
Calling it “a remarkable rebuke of the former president’s company and what prosecutors described as its ‘culture of fraud and deception,'” The New York Times reports the details include “conviction on all 17 counts.”
Charges include tax fraud, a scheme to defraud, and conspiracy and falsifying business records, but The Times says it is “hardly a death sentence for the Trump Organization.”
The Times adds the conviction comes “after more than a day of jury deliberations in State Supreme Court in Manhattan,” which “resulted from a long-running scheme in which the Trump Organization doled out off-the-books luxury perks to some executives: They received fancy apartments, leased Mercedes-Benzes, even private school tuition for relatives, none of which they paid taxes on.”
Donald Trump was not a defendant in the case, but the case will be front and center during his presidential run.
According to a press release from Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, The Trump Organization and the Trump Payroll Corp. were convicted of the following charges:
- Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, a class E felony, one count
- Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, one count
- Criminal Tax Fraud in Third Degree, a class D felony, two counts
- Criminal Tax Fraud in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, one count
- Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree, a class E felony, three counts
The Trump Corporation was also convicted of Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree, a class E felony.
MSNBC reported the verdict on-air:
BREAKING: Trump Org. found guilty on all counts in a 15-year tax fraud scheme that prosecutors said was orchestrated by top executives at the company. https://t.co/MPjgQRmzjX pic.twitter.com/356LrhuK6u
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) December 6, 2022
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