Today, things for Roy Moore went from “Holy Shit! He’s awful” to “OK, he may actually be a wildebeest.” And we say it over and over and over, but where there’s one accusation, there’s invariably more. I almost feel like journalists reporting these stories know that, too. Like, there’s one or two allegations they know they can get on the record, but there’s a dozen more they know about who are afraid to go on record, at least until the initial story breaks.
And then the dam breaks.
Here’s the flood on Roy Moore today:
— Alabama resident Beverly Young Nelson came forward and told her story today. When she was 16, Roy Moore tried to rape her.
“I trusted Mr. Moore because he was the district attorney,” Nelson said. “I thought he would get on the highway, instead he drove to the back of the restaurant […] he stopped the car and he parked his car in between the dumpster and the back of the restaurant where there were no lights. The area was dark and it was deserted. I was alarmed and immediately asked him what he was doing. Instead of answering my question, Mr. Moore reached over and groped me, putting his hand on my breast.”
Moore also tried to prevent Nelson from getting out of the car. “[I] tried fighting him off while yelling at him to stop. ” Moore squeezed her neck and “tried to force my head onto his crotch.”
“I was terrified. I thought he was going to rape me.” The alleged assault ended when Nelson was either pushed or fell from the car.”
And if, for some stupid fucking reason, you didn’t believe Beverly Young Nelson, she also had a yearbook signed by Roy Moore.
I think that says, “To a sweeter more beautiful girl I could not say.” She was 16. He was in his 30s. And a DA. I think Ted Cruz actually said it best:
.@tedcruz: “As it stands, I can’t urge the people of Alabama to support a campaign in the face of these charges, without a serious persuasive demonstration that the charges are not true.” Cruz noted “grown men don’t typically sign high school girls’ yearbooks.”— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) November 14, 2017
Here’s an additional note:
Today's allegation against Moore is alleged to have happened in 1977. Leigh Corfman says he assaulted her in 1979. Around that same time two challenges to his law license were filed w the bar and dismissed.— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) November 14, 2017
In 1982, Moore left town for Texas then Australia.
A couple of hours ago, a local paper in Alabama also came out with its own story, where it was revealed that Moore was BANNED FROM A MALL for flirting and soliciting sex from teenagers.
“As a Deputy DA in Gadsden when Roy Moore was there, it was common knowledge about Roy’s propensity for teenage girls,” she tweeted. “I’m appalled that these women are being skewered for the truth.”
She later told CNN that Moore often went to local high school events and other hangouts: “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.”
Pretty much the entire Republican party has now abandoned him, too.
In light of the most recent allegations and the cumulative effect of others, I believe #RoyMoore would be doing himself, the state, the GOP, and the country a service by stepping aside.— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) November 13, 2017
If he continues this will not end well for Mr. Moore.
Just to be clear. If the choice is between Roy Moore and a Democrat, I would run to the polling place to vote for the Democrat https://t.co/Ec96HRt228— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) November 13, 2017
Ted Cruz even suggested he should be criminally prosecuted.
Not everyone has abandoned him yet, though. The RNC still has staffers on the ground in Alabama, and 53 pastors in Alabama came forward to vouch for the man. God.
The Senate, however, is trying to come up with an escape plan should Roy Moore still win the election next month. That plan would include expelling Moore from the Senate by saying he’s unfit for office and then replacing him with … Jeff Sessions. Two birds, one stone and all.
Alabama GOP Sen. Richard Shelby on a potential write-in candidate: "A strong one would be Sen. Sessions."— Emma Loop (@LoopEmma) November 13, 2017
Finally, I leave you with this because it is a delight!