Timothy Benton | Jun 11, 2019 | 0
Roy Moore Hysteria Displays GOP Disunity
As sexual assault accusations against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore pile up, one would expect Democrats to viciously attack him and call for him to step down. What one would not expect is for Republicans to do the same.
Moore was accused by four women of sexual misconduct when they were in their teens and Moore was in his early 30s as district attorney. If these encounters happened, it would have been over three decades ago.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has called for Roy Moore to leave the race. He said, “I believe the women,” in reference to the sexual assault accusations against Roy Moore.
This seems like a strange political move for McConnell. McConnell is likely trying to achieve two things: 1) save face for the GOP, and 2) get Roy Moore to leave the race.
Perhaps McConnell believes that Moore cannot win the race and supporting him would make the GOP look bad in the event that Moore loses. Or perhaps McConnell has a more sinister motive. It is no secret that Moore and McConnell disagree on many political issues. McConnell is the living, breathing example of establishment Republican whereas Moore is a rogue southern Republican riding on the Trump tidal wave.
Mitt Romney also stepped into the discussion.
Romney stated: “Innocent until proven guilty is for criminal convictions, not elections. I believe Leigh Corfman. Her account is too serious to ignore. Moore is unfit for office and should step aside.”
It is deeply concerning that a politician could imply that due process should not be considered in political elections. It is even more concerning that there are 237,000 people who “liked” Romney’s tweet.
If we accept Romney’s statement that due process should not be considered in elections, then anybody could end any campaign by conjuring up sexual assault accusations. Due process does matter. Innocent until proven guilty does matter. Finding out the truth matters.
If it were a Democrat who was being accused of sexual assault (as it was the case with Bill Clinton among many others), Democrats would stick with due process and defend their candidate. This is because they have unity.
The fundamental problem in the Roy Moore hysteria is lack of Republican unity.
If the GOP were united, we would not see conflicting messages about Roy Moore. We would have a consistent stance. We would defend him on the condition that he was innocent, and we would regard him as innocent until proven guilty. We would also deflect sexual assault allegations onto the Democrats. We would bring up creepy Joe Biden. We would bring up Bill Clinton. We would bring up the several outspoken Hollywood liberals who have been accused of (and in some cases, admitted to) sexual assault.
Instead, one part of the GOP threw Moore under the bus for their own political gains and the others kept silent.