Disgraced former judge Roy Moore and his supporters are really pulling out all of the stops in their efforts to redirect and deflect from the accusations — and soon to be charges — that the Alabama Senate candidate is facing.
First came the denials, then the faked letter of endorsements from pastors around the state — which was accurate before the primary, then modified with a new date to make it look like they still supported him, even after the Washington Post story about his sordid past broke.
Yesterday, another Alabama pastor was the recipient of a faked robocall from someone who put on a stereotypical Jewish accent and used the stereotypical (and racist) pseudonym “Bernie Bernstein,” who pretended to be from the Post soliciting people they could “pay” thousands of dollars for further incriminating information on Roy Moore. That was a clear attempt to discredit the Post and make it seem like the victims who have already come forward about Moore’s abuse when they were young teens are not credible.
And it looks like they’re not quite done — with the denials and deflections, OR with the racism.
Roy Moore’s lawyer, Trenton Garmon, went on MSNBC Wednesday morning with hosts Ali Velshi and Stephanie Ruhle, and he was just full of garbage opinions. He began by trying to discredit the women who have accused Moore:
Based on what I’ve seen, facts out there now, there’s questions [about the validity of their statements]. There’s issues about mental health we’ve not yet had the opportunity to get into.”
Good start, big guy — call them crazy, which is what keeps millions of women from reporting these things.
Then Garmon got just plain silly. He tried to conflate host Ali Velshi’s skin tone and “culture” with child marriage, in order to make the point that society views things differently in different places. I mean, I know Alabama is backwards, but watching a guy try to say that it’s so backwards that molesting children is okay there was a bit much. The problem with using Velshi as an example, though, is that the anchor is from Canada. Sure, he’s an Indian Muslim. He’s also the first Canadian-Indian elected to the Ontario legislature.
Culturally speaking, obviously there’s differences. I looked up Ali’s background there, wow, that’s awesome that you have got such a diverse background ― it’s really cool to read.”
Co-host Stephanie Ruhle was NOT having it.
What does Ali’s background have to do with dating a 14-year-old?”
Watch the very uncomfortable exchange here:
Lol: Moore Lawyer to Ali Velshi: They have child marriage where you’re from (Canada), right? pic.twitter.com/hGF588dIR7
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) November 15, 2017
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