The party that claims to be the party of “family values” have been contorting themselves in all manners to defend child molester Roy Moore. If we have learned anything about Republicans in the last week it’s that they are more offended by football players taking a knee than they are about a child molester who is also a Republican.
This is an important election that should be an easy win in the evangelical red state of Alabama. Since the Washington Post found Leigh Corfman who said Roy Moore took her to his house when she was just 14 and Moore was 32, most Republicans have regurgitated their talking point, “if these allegations are true, then he should step down” with a shocking frequency. Others like Jim Zeigler used bible passages to explain Moore’s transgressions with a perverse interpretation of the bible.
“Take the Bible,” Jim Zeigler told the Washington Examiner after the Washington Post story broke. “Zachariah and Elizabeth for instance. Zachariah was extremely old to marry Elizabeth and they became the parents of John the Baptist. Also take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus.”
Zeigler must have missed the whole “virgin birth” part which is the very pillar of the religion he claims to be part of. But there are even more uncomfortable questions arising after this interview Moore gave to Sean Hannity on Friday night.
Saturday we got this tidbit of information from one of Moore’s colleagues who said it was common knowledge at the time that Moore dated teenager.
Fmr Dep. DA Theresa Jones, who worked alongside Roy Moore, tells CNN: “It was common knowledge that Roy dated high school girls, everyone we knew thought it was weird…We wondered why someone his age would hang out at high school football games and the mall…”
— Alexander Marquardt (@MarquardtA) November 11, 2017
In their zeal to defend this “alleged” child molester, Republicans excused one particular phrase that Moore used, “I didn’t date any of them without their mother’s permission.” Being a native son of the south, it is customary for a gentleman to ask a father for his daughter’s hand in marriage. However it is most certainly not our custom to ask the mother of a grown woman if he can date her daughter. That is *only* done if the young lady is not of age and the man is. Notice also that he mentions asking the mother’s permission and not the father’s permission. He knew he did not ask any father because a predator only preys on the weak.
Another curious fact was that Leigh Corfman knew the location of Moore’s home. How did she know this?
Republicans quite naturally began to question Corfman’s story because it was 40 years ago so why would she come forward now? She didn’t. The Washington Post found her and court records attest to her recollection of the events.
This still did not satisfy the same people who said Hillary Clinton was running a child sex ring out of a pizza parlor in Maryland who were now curiously demanding evidence while claiming Corfman was seeking fame in the final hours of this campaign. Does anyone recall a survivor of sexual abuse catapulting their revelation into fame and fortune? Don’t worry, we’ll wait.
On Sunday perhaps after witnessing the slander and defamation Leigh Corfman suffered since the WaPo’s story came out, we get corroborating evidence that cannot be ignored when coupled with circumstantial nature of this case. Mary Jo West is a family friend Leigh’s mother and she wrote an extremely interesting post on Facebook which should have Republicans across the country calling for Moore to withdraw from this race.
I need to say something, not because I want to get political, but because I know the truth and I need to tell it.
The now-national story about Roy Moore and Leigh Corfman is true, and I have known it for over 20 years. Leigh’s mother and step-father have been friends of mine since 1992 and I know them to be the best of people. We don’t share the same political beliefs but we love and respect each other on a level deeper than politics and these wonderful friends tell the truth. They are caring and educated and accomplished people who would choose privacy over headlines any day.
Leigh’s mother told me and others “The Roy Moore Story” in the mid-1990s, because her daughter had finally unburdened herself after years of silence and that burden lay dark and deep on a mother’s shoulders and in that mother’s heart. I listened to the same details as those that are printed now, and while some of the story has faded with time, several facts are seared into my brain: 1) the attacker was attorney Roy Moore and the victim was then teenager Leigh Corfman; 2) Roy Moore got Leigh to his house under false pretenses; 3) Roy Moore made overt sexual advances to Leigh which involved Roy Moore coming out of the bathroom undressed and ready for action; 4) Leigh was terrified and had the good sense to say NO and Roy Moore accepted her NO.
During Roy Moore’s political ascent, I’ve almost called Leigh’s mother many times to suggest that they expose who Roy Moore is at his core, but I realize that this story is Leigh’s to tell… no one else’s. Why has she not exposed him before now? Perhaps because no one likes being called a liar – and she is being called that now. Perhaps because that secret was safer locked away from the pain that she must be reliving now and having to deal with all over again.
Whatever it is, it is NOT a political conspiracy. Leigh’s parents bleed Republican red as long as I have known them…and Leigh says she has voted Republican in the last three elections. While this story has the “He said, She said” element, surely the counterbalance on the scales in Leigh’s favor is US…the group of friends who knew the story before it was a headline. There was simply no reason for Leigh to make this story up when she was young and trying to figure out life. Roy Moore’s terrifying advances surely had to complicate the path that she admitted was filled with choices she would like to redo. She owned them, admirably, but I wonder if some of her young years might have been easier if she hadn’t been abused by Roy Moore when she was 14 years old, vulnerable and confused.
Perhaps it’s simply that it’s time to shout from the rooftops that this man, Roy Moore…who wants our nation’s trust and our belief that he is a good man… simply doesn’t deserve our trust. He lied yesterday when he said he had never met Leigh Corfman. Maybe he’s gotten too old to act on his abnormal urges now, but in his heart, he still knows that when he could, he scared and emotionally scarred young women and in that chamber of his heart, his blood still runs mean and cold.
I believe in redemption and forgiveness. I’ve asked for forgiveness many times in my life, but first, you have to acknowledge that you did something wrong. And yesterday Roy Moore stood staunch and unyielding that he did no wrong. Take a lie detector test, Mr. Moore. There’s nothing fake in this story. Roy Moore is lying. This story happened and it was shared mother-to-mother with no agenda other than to get it off her chest and share her agony. Women friends do that, thankfully. Leigh’s mother told me this story when Roy Moore was a nobody…now he’s just a lying somebody.
Just because Leigh Corfman didn’t come forward and tell this horrific story about a bad man until now, doesn’t mean that it never happened. It’s her story. Yes, it was a long time coming, but she told her own story on her own timeline. The swelling tides filled with the tears of victimized women’s deep dark secrets can no longer return to the sea. There are many of us standing with you, Leigh, saying “Good for You”, and “Me Too”. #NoMoore
Should Roy Moore win this election, Republicans will be chained to Roy Moore as much as they are Trump. Steve Bannon has sent down two propagandists to support Roy Moore. Moore has no regard for the rule of law which is why he was removed from the bench twice. He believes Keith Elison should not be allowed to serve in congress because he is a Muslim. He believes that the biblical law supersedes the Constitution. Moore is the Christian equivalent of ISIS who means to lock up LGBTQ people.