In what may just be Brett Kavanaugh’s worst endorsement so far, failed Alabama Senate candidate, Roy Moore, urged Republicans to nominate Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court.
Kavanaugh stands accused of sexually assaulting Dr. Christine Blasey Ford at a party when Kavanaugh was 17-years-old.
Moore told One America News on Wednesday, “I think they need to take a stand”. He later added, “They know what’s happening. It’s so obvious that these tactics are used just days before a very important event… before an election or a confirmation, and I think the Republican’s need to take a stand.”
Roy Moore lost his bid for the Alabama Senate last year after nine women came forward with allegations that Moore sexually assaulted them in the 1970s. According to Bloomberg, one of the alleged victims was just 14 when Moore initiated a sexual encounter with her.
Following the allegations, several prominent Republicans withdrew their endorsements (although notably, not the President). On election day, Moore lost to his opponent, Democrat Doug Jones.
Then, as now, the revelations came out at a critical juncture. Moore’s first alleged victim went public just one month before the December special election. This was clearly at the forefront of Moore’s thinking as he went on the attack against the Democratic Party.
“I think they [Democrats] don’t care about transparency, they just use it because it’s effective”, he said. “They know that on the one hand, you offend women if you believe somebody that says they weren’t guilty of sexual misconduct. On the other hand, if you don’t believe them you’re condemning the person accused of guilt to prove his own innocence.”
Securing the endorsement of an alleged child abuser could do Kavanaugh’s nomination more harm than good. However, one person who seems undeterred is President Trump. According to Time Magazine, Trump is defending Kavanaugh in the same way he did Roy Moore; by praising his character.
In Trump’s inner circle, sexual assault revelations are nothing new. There is a set playbook; rally together, deny the claims, praise the alleged abuser, and discredit the victim. Roy Moore is sticking firmly to the Trump playbook.