Donald Trump tweeted support for Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore this morning.
The last thing we need in Alabama and the U.S. Senate is a Schumer/Pelosi puppet who is WEAK on Crime, WEAK on the Border, Bad for our Military and our great Vets, Bad for our 2nd Amendment, AND WANTS TO RAISES TAXES TO THE SKY. Jones would be a disaster!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 26, 2017
Moore was accused of making sexual advances toward a 14-year-old girl when he was in his 30’s, and three other women also accused him of approaching them when they were teenagers. Another woman said that he sexually assaulted her when she was 16 and he was giving her a ride, and another said that he called her high school to get her phone number to pursue her and then forcefully kissed her.
Moore denies the accusations, claiming that the women are politically motivated.
Trump has already defended Moore, saying, “He totally denies it. He says it didn’t happen.”
Since Trump himself has admitted to sexually assaulting women, perhaps he genuinely believes that all predators out there are as dumb as he is.
It’s particularly galling that Trump would cite crime as a reason to prefer Moore to his Democratic rival Doug Jones. Jones is a former federal prosecutor who is best known for prosecuting two KKK members in 1998 for blowing up a building in 1963, a terrorist act that killed four little girls.
Moore, on the other hand, was best known for losing his job as a judge twice for refusing to follow the law: once when a federal court told him to take down his monument to the Ten Commandments, and again when he ordered state officials to refuse to marriages to same-sex couples after the Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision legalized marriage equality.
The more likely reason Trump supports Moore is that Moore is a Republican and Trump doesn’t care enough about women to believe that sexual assault is disqualifying. Getting Moore’s racist and homophobic views into the Senate is more important that a few women’s lives.
Which is exactly how millions of voters ended up pulling the lever for Trump last year.