Trump Finally Makes A Statement About Roy Moore, And It’s As Bad As You Think It Is

Trump Finally Makes A Statement About Roy Moore, And It’s As Bad As You Think It Is

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Trump backs Republican regardless of accusations

As we all know, the most endearing quality of pedophiles is their honesty. So it’s no wonder that yesterday the President voiced his support for accused pedophile Roy Moore, who, he said, “totally denies” charges of sexual misconduct made by eight women who say Moore pursued or molested them when they were teenagers and Moore was in his early thirties.

In his usual empathetic and well-spoken way, the President said the following yesterday when a reporter asked if an accused child molester would be a better choice than a Democrat in the Alabama Senate race: “Well, he denies it. Look, he denies it. I mean, if you look at what is really going on and you look at all the things that have happened over the last 48 hours, he totally denies it. He says it didn’t happen. And, you know, you have to listen to him also. You’re talking about, he said forty years ago this did not happen. So, you know.”

Right. Wait, what?

Since when did saying, “I didn’t do it” mean that someone didn’t do it? “Your honor, in my client’s defense, he says he didn’t do it.” “He didn’t? Well, then what are we doing here? Case dismissed.”

This isn’t the first time this administration has stood for the rights of the accused over the accuser. In September (just in time for back-to-school), Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced that her department would be withdrawing from Obama-era guidance for how schools should handle sexual assault allegations, saying that the current guidelines make the standard of proof too low, and therefore turn some of the accused into “victims of a lack of due process.”

Then, of course, there’s the fact that Donald Trump, who was accused of sexual misconduct by 16 women, was elected President of the United States. That makes this situation even trickier for Trump, as it’s difficult for a sexual abuser to demand that another man step aside because he is a sexual abuser. (First, they came for the pussy-grabbers, and I said nothing….)

It’s almost as though this administration believes that women don’t matter and that men have a right to use our bodies however they want to whenever they want to, regardless of how we feel about it or whether or not we are in the middle of trigonometry class.

The message that our current leaders are sending victims of sexual abuse is that no matter what, they will not be believed: it doesn’t matter if they have dozens of people backing up their accounts, it doesn’t matter if they are among many accusing the same person, it doesn’t even matter if there’s a recording of the man admitting to it. They won’t be believed because it doesn’t matter who they are, it matters who he is.

To be fair, many leading Republicans have asked Moore to step aside: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senator Jeff Flake, Senator Susan Collins, Senator John McCain, Senator Lindsey Graham, and even Speaker Paul Ryan are among those who have called for Moore to drop out of the race (though some have hidden behind the caveat that this should only happen “if the allegations are true.”) But on the party-despite-pedophilia side, we have Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, the Alabama Republican Party, and now, the President of the United States.

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