Accusations of sexual misconduct raise questions about Roy Moore’s campaign


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Aly Johnston, Writer

In recent weeks, Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore has been accused of sexual misconduct. Moore is running a very religious campaign, frequently bringing a Bible on stage and quoting scripture. These allegations against him, coming from various women, seem to stray far from his beliefs.

On November 9th, 2017, Leigh Coffman told the Washington Post that Moore approached her and her mother outside a courtroom. He offered to sit with her as her mother ventured into the building. After the encounter, Moore asked for her phone number, and days later he picked her up for a date. She was 14 at the time.

Driving her 30 minutes away to his home in the woods, told her how pretty she was and kissed her. On a second visit, she says, he took off her shirt and pants and removed his clothes. He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear, reports the Washington Post.

At least five other women have come forward and told their stories of Moore. He, however, denies every single claim.

Sean Hannity hosted Moore on November 10th, and their conversation didn’t seem to go in Moore’s favor.


Hannity: At that time in your life, let me ask you this you do remember these girls would it be unusual for you as a 32-year-old guy to have dated a woman as young as 17? That would be a 15 year difference or a girl 18. Do you remember dating girls that young at that time?


Moore: Not generally, no. If did, you know, I’m not going to dispute anything but I don’t remember anything like that.


Hannity: But you don’t specifically remember having any girlfriend that was in her late teens even at that time?


Moore: I don’t remember that and I don’t remember ever dating any girl without the permission of her mother. And I think in her statement she said that her mother actually encouraged her to go out with me.


More people set out to try to defend Moore’s actions, but seemed to fall short in their reasoning.

“Take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus,” Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler told The Washington Examiner. “There’s just nothing immoral or illegal here. Maybe just a little bit unusual.”

This defense was meant to appeal to his largely Christian voter base, but an NRSC poll says Moore trails his opponent, Doug Jones, by 12 points.

Shortly before Roy Moore’s latest accuser came forward Monday afternoon, an Alabama political reporter appeared on CNN to defend him. What Moore is accused of doing was only a misdemeanor in 1979, emphasized Brandon Moseley of “If [Moore] had stolen a lawn mower at age 21, would that be a reason not to elect him 50 years later?”, the Washington Post reports.

With allegations growing, Moore seems to find himself in a tough spot. His chance at a Senate seat seems to be decreasing with each allegation, and his defense seems to be getting shaky. Depending on what comes out in the media, will Moore lose the election? Only time, and the opinions of Alabama voters, will tell.