Goddamn Hillbilly Is Breaking My Heart
Yesterday was the final day of the Roy Moore campaign for Senate, and after hiding out from the media for the better part of the last month, he held one last rally in Alabama. How’d that go?
Well, let’s see: Roy Moore’s wife came and said that they can’t be anti-Semitic because “one of our attorneys is a Jew.”
Kayla Moore, wife of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, accuses media of painting couple as anti-Semitic. pic.twitter.com/Vcczj6pNPv— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 12, 2017
Okay, your lawyer's a Jew. That's a pretty good defense against antisemitism.— Nicholas Grossman (@NGrossman81) December 12, 2017
But what about your banker and accountant?
Do you like bagels?
And what's your opinion of esteemed Washington Post reporter Bernie Bernstein? https://t.co/OyLq2mVlEn
Then Moore brought out an old war buddy from Vietnam, who talked about the time they went to a Vietnamese brothel with child prostitutes and Roy Moore and his friend felt uncomfortable and left.
"What story can I tell that will best illustrate Roy Moore's integrity?" "How about the one where the two of you left a third buddy to rape children in a Vietnamese brothel?"— Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) December 12, 2017
Steve Bannon also spoke. He took a shot at Ivanka.
Bannon takes a direct shot at Ivanka: "There's a special place in hell for Republicans who should know better."— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) December 12, 2017
Then, in my favorite moment from the rally, Steve Bannon bragged about going to Georgetown and Harvard and mocked Joe Scarborough because he couldn’t get into a better school.
Joe Scarborough went to the University of Alabama.
In Midland City, Alabama, Steve Bannon goes after @JoeNBC, saying he got into better schools than Joe could have—Georgetown and Harvard. This might be the wrong place for that attack: Joe went to the University of Alabama.— Jonathan Allen (@jonallendc) December 12, 2017
Bannon applauded out Harvard and Georgetown which… that's Obama and Bill Clinton schools then dissed Joe for going to Alabama in front of an Alabama crowd. I thought Bannon was supposed to be a genius or something? https://t.co/S4PucpH5rn— King, Jeff; King (@JeffLurking) December 12, 2017
And that was Roy Moore’s closing argument to Alabama. Meanwhile, Bama native Charles Barkley came out to speak for Doug Jones to try to save Alabama from Roy Moore:
#AlabamaSenateElection 🗳️— WVTM 13 (@WVTM13) December 12, 2017
🎥 Charles Barkley campaigns for Democrat Doug Jones, urges Alabama voters to assure the rest of the nation "we're not a bunch of damn idiots." https://t.co/xUpziaNORr pic.twitter.com/bca9qc07Q3
I also saw that Connie Britton tweeted out a video in support of Jones, which is a bigger thing than you might think considering the popularity of Nashville down South.
But let me tell you something: I don’t know if Doug Jones has a shot in hell at this. But if he pulls out a narrow victory tonight in Alabama, I’m going to give a lot of credit to this old coot who nervously rebukes Roy Moore for calling gays and lesbians “preverts.” His daughter was a lesbian, and she died by suicide at the age of 23, and this old fella, who is a peanut farmer by the name of Nathan Mathis, held up a picture of his daughter and asks, “How is my daughter a pervert just because she was gay?”
Father, who says he's a local peanut farmer in Wicksburg, outside Roy Moore rally talks about losing his gay daughter at age of 23 to suicide. "I was anti-gay myself. I said bad things to my daughter, which I regret." pic.twitter.com/J0oOU0EJI2— Vaughn Hillyard (@VaughnHillyard) December 11, 2017
“I was anti-gay myself,” he said. “I said some bad things about my daughter, which I regret, but I can’t take back what I said about my daughter but saying stuff like my daughter is a pervert, I’m sure that bothered her. You know, Judge Moore was not just talking about my daughter. He said all gay people are perverts. Abominations. We don’t need a person like that representing us in Washington.”
Not only is that goddamn hillbilly breaking my heart, but I haven’t felt this homesick in a decade.
I looked up in our referrals yesterday to see how many readers we get from Alabama. More than I might have imagined, mostly in Birmingham and Mobile and Tuscaloosa. I hope you guys get out to the polls today. Do it to honor Patty Sue Mathis, the daughter of Nathan.