Roy Moore has inspired a whole lot of people to show their true colors in the run-up to the special election for Alabama’s US Senate seat on December 12, after multiple women came forward to accuse him of molesting them when they were young girls. The most notable example, of course, is the fact that, despite a number of sitting GOP Senators calling on Moore to drop out of the race, the president has not condemned the accused pedophile. In fact, he’s sent his spokespeople onto the news shows and in front of microphones to push the narrative that he doesn’t want to “tell the people of Alabama how to vote,” even though he’s done just that at every turn.
But it’s the people outside of Washington DC who have really ratcheted up the disgusting factor in this race. News anchors like Sean Hannity, prominent pastors like Franklin Graham, and even the Governor of Alabama herself have all made clear that they believe having one more Republican vote in the Senate is far more important than keeping a sexual predator out of our hallowed institutions.
But even those people are “influencers.” We cynically expect people like that to overlook any Republican’s shortcomings and still endorse them, because the standard set by electing Trump is now codified into the GOP platform. It’s the people on the ground who keep surprising us — at just how deeply ingrained rape culture is in America, and how quick people are to excuse it, even when it involves young girls.
And that’s the case with an Alabama police chief, who was just suspended from the force after joking about the situation in the most disgusting way possible.
Killen police Chief Bryan Hammond had a Facebook post in which he was arguing about the Roy Moore situation, and claiming that “silence is consent,” meaning that because the women waited so long to come forward, they must have been okay with the assaults when they were children.
But then Hammond went on to get sarcastic about it, and joked that the Democrat in the race, Doug Jones, had molested him in 1978 (click the image for a full-size version):
Apparently molesting children is a joke to these disgusting Roy Moore supporters. As you can see, Chief Hammond thought the entire thing was hilarious, even forging a “thank you” note from Jones meant to look like the now-infamous signing that the disgraced former Judge Moore did in one of his victims’ school yearbook.
This is inexcusable. And it’s common. This kind of talk, this kind of behavior, is all over Facebook and all over Twitter, and it’s got to stop.
It’s time for Roy Moore and his deplorable followers to just go away.
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