Judge Roy Moore's response

November 10, 2017

Alabama GOP Senate candidate and former Judge Roy Moore has issued a response to an article in the Washington Post, accusing him of having sexual contact with a then-14-year-old girl, 38 years ago when he was 32. The woman never filed a police report or made any public accusations against Moore in any of his previous campaigns. The paper cited claims by other women that Moore asked them out or kissed them back in the 1970s when they were age 16 to 18, but the age of consent was 16. Moore flatly denies the Washington Post article, calling it “completely false and a desperate political attack.” If so, it would not be the first time WaPo has published false or misleading hit pieces on Moore.

President Trump and a number of top Republicans called on Moore to drop out of the race if there’s any truth to the allegations. That would leave the GOP in a bad spot, since their Senate majority is razor-thin now, and the law says it’s too late to change the ballot. Democrats would likely fight a lawsuit to change the ballot, even though they did the same thing to keep a seat in New Jersey when one of their elderly incumbents died near Election Day.

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Full disclosure: I endorsed Judge Moore, because I believe we need more people in Washington who are willing to stand up to the do-nothing, go-along establishment and not betray conservative principles or their constituents. Nevertheless, if this accusation is true, then it is disturbing and unacceptable, and I agree that he should step down.

However, in America, one of our bedrock principles is the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. In the wake of recent Obama college directives and the wave of accusations in the media following the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the right to due process regarding sexual conduct has been thrown out the window. There is a middle ground between ignoring or smearing accusers and accepting trial by media and de facto conviction without evidence.

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The decision on whether to stay in the race is Judge Moore’s, and I call on him to make it with honesty and integrity. If he stays in, sans a trial or evidence, the ultimate decision on whether last-minute media accusations should determine elections will come next month from Alabama voters.


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  • Patricia Miller

    11/17/2017 05:05 PM

    The women claiming that Judge Moore made sexual advances to them are hiding under Gloria Allred's skirt. She loves the limelight but is
    being real quiet this time around.] So what's up? Why aren't these women speaking out? is it because she know's it's fake news? The accusers of Al Franken are standing tall and all alone to give their stories. They sound pretty convincing to me
    and their is proof of what he did. So where is the proof Judge Moore did anything wrong? The voices are getting
    weaker and far away.

  • Judy Kampia

    11/17/2017 02:41 PM

    Remember Potiphar's wife and Joseph in Genesis 29! As a woman who has lived all over the country, I have met many women who lied or misunderstood actions from men and from other women like me. There is a reason one of God's commandments is "Do not bear false witness against your neighbor." God knew it was one of the main ways people hurt each other.

  • Audrey Skarness

    11/17/2017 09:11 AM

    How about the news media interview former boy friends of these "teeny boppers"?

  • John Leach

    11/16/2017 05:04 PM

    Governor Huckabee, I have always respected you and first heard you when you were running for President and spoke at the University of Maryland in College Park. I like what I heard and like what I hear now. I frankly do not believe the accusers and I don't think the evidence or their characters support their charges. Also the double standard of the liberals is breathtaking! (Remember Bill Clinton and a host of others.) How would sitting members of Congress like to be in Judge Roy Moore's boots where their record is examined from 40 years back and accusations are spread all over the liberal media and by "establishment" Republicans in an attempt to undermine his candidacy? I am sure that there is more indiscretion by those in positions of power than most of realize and we need to keep that in mind. No double standards and no last-minute smear campaigns to undermine a good candidate. I believe the Judge based on his track record of proven character and standing for principle above a job or career. His wife believes him. The weight of the evidence is on the side of his integrity. Mitch McConnell and others aligned with him have already spent $30 million in ads to take Moore out of the Primary. And they supported a very questionable candidate with a very questionable way of receiving the fill-in appointment for the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General, Jeff Sessions. I believe Jeff Sessions is another very honorable man who has taken and continues to take a lot of heat because he feels bound by law and does not bow to the pressure of those who are in authority or those who try to stampede public opinion to achieve their own ends. Thank you for reading what I have written and for being an honorable man yourself. We need many more like you, Jeff Sessions, and Judge Roy Moore. God bless you, sir! The following is something I have already posted elsewhere but it captures my thoughts.

    Judge Roy Moore is an honorable man who has suffered much persecution because of his steadfastness to his Christian convictions, our Constitution, and the rule of law. I am praying fervently that God exposes these lies and the people of Alabama support this fine candidate, electing him to the U.S. Senate. The actions leveled against him, if allowed to stand, will signal the end of the possibility of conservative Christian candidates of principle being elected to high office in this country. Our freedoms will be lost and we all will suffer.

    I encourage both Christians, conservatives, and people of good faith and character to unite behind this man and give him the prayers and financial support he needs to win as well as pray for his dear family. Although I do not even live in Alabama, what has been going on in these unfair accusations have angered me to the point where I have doubled my previous financial contributions to his candidacy. (So far in this election cycle he is the only candidate I have supported financially.) We need him as a steadfast light and anchor in the United States Senate to support Senator Ted Cruz and others with steadfast integrity and uncompromising conservative principles. I hope others will join with me in supporting this man even sacrificially as I have done.

  • Ruby Lewis

    11/16/2017 02:26 PM

    This is just one more trick from the Democrats and Mitch McConnell to hinder Judge Moore's election. I do not believe these accusations and even if true, that was when this man was 32, many years ago. Stay in there Judge Moore and let Alabama decide by the vote! If God be for us, who can be against us???