Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor
Washington, DC, United States (4E) – Donald Trump’s full-throated endorsement of Roy Moore, the Republican Party candidate for a senate seat in Alabama, despite firm and mounting evidence Moore had sexually abused young girls, proves the president and his party place politics over morality.
Trump tweeted his endorsement of Moore, who last month was accused by at least five women of sexual misconduct, including sexual assault and unwanted sexual advances in a series of incidents dating back to the 1970s.
One of the alleged victims was 14 years old at the time. The age of consent in Alabama is 16. In the 1970s, Moore (who was married at the time) was an assistant district attorney in Alabama.
Several other women said Moore pursued romantic relationships, or engaged in inappropriate or unwanted behavior with them while they were in high school. These other alleged victims were between the ages of 16 and 22.
Sex abuse allegations against Moore were made by Leigh Corfman (then 14); Beverly Young Nelson (then 16) and Tina Johnson (then 28).
Allegations of other inappropriate or unwanted behavior against Moore were made by Debbie Wesson Gibson; Gloria Thacker Deason; Wendy Miller, Kelly Harrison Thorp, Gena Richardson and Becky Gray. Moore acknowledged knowing Gibson and Deason.
Moore’s predatory behavior was notorious in his home town of Gadsden, Alabama, which is where he committed these sexual assaults.
“It was common knowledge that Roy dated high school girls. Everyone we knew thought it was weird … We wondered why someone his age would hang out at high school football games and the mall,” said a former colleague of Moore at the Etowah County District Attorney’s office,
At least four current and former residents of Etowah County have corroborated this person’s story.
“These stories have been going around this town for 30 years,” said one of these persons. “Nobody could believe they hadn’t come out yet.”
“Him liking and dating young girls was never a secret in Gadsden when we were all in high school … In our neighborhoods up by Noccalula Falls we heard it all the time,” said another.
“Even people at the courthouse know it was a well-known secret … It’s just sad how these girls([who accused Moore) are getting hammered and called liars, especially Leigh (Corfman).
Multiple local former police officers and mall employees say Moore was banned from the Gadsden Mall in the early 1980s for attempting to pick up teenage girls.
Trump called Moore several hours after Trump’s tweets. “Judge Moore just got off the phone with President Trump,” tweeted Kayla Moore, the candidate’s wife. “We have his full support! Thank you Mr President! Let’s MAGA!”
“The president had a positive call with Judge Roy Moore during which they discussed the state of the Alabama Senate race and the president endorsed Judge Moore’s campaign,” said a statement from the White House.
The White House, however, said the president has no plans to make campaign appearances with Moore but he has agreed to headline a campaign-style rally not in Alabama but in Florida.
The special election to fill the seat vacated by Trump’s attorney general, Jeff Sessions, will take place on Dec. 12.
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