The point being: the chances that this story is completely fabricated are slim to none. There’s something to this. Now you can very fairly ask “how much is something?” That is, you can question the details and you can suggest that the sources are grossly misrepresenting the facts, but the notion that this is 100% false is far-fetched in the extreme.
Moore is a man who will be happy to read to you from Revelations, but who isn’t a big fan of the “revelations” that turned up in the Washington Post this week. Because what the Post article revealed is that good ol’ Roy might have had improper contact with a 14-year-old girl. That’s really inconvenient for the cowboy hat-wearin’, Bible-beatin’ Moore, who up until Thursday was pretty sure he had Jeff Sessions’ vacated Senate seat all locked up.
The whole thing is similarly inconvenient for former White House chief strategist and lonely guy drinking a martini at the back of the local bowling alley, Steve Bannon:
See Roy was part of Bannon’s “populist/nationalist revolt” and because there’s nothing more “revolting” than a guy who “guides [14-year-old girls’] hands to touch him over his underwear,” Moore’s downfall is a major blow to Steve’s push to upend the GOP establishment.
Of course Bannon and Moore both insist that the allegations are completely false – a figment of the “Amazon Washington Post’s” imagination and also, apparently, a mainstay in the nightmares of several women who spoke to the Post. You can read all about how Bannon is trying to spin this here.
And although Moore and Bannon are trying their hardest – bless their hearts – this is a losing battle. There is no way that Roy Moore is going to come out of this with any semblance of dignity. One way or another, this is going to cost him and it’s about damn time, because if you read our original post (the first one linked above), Moore has no business holding public office.
On Saturday, the notion that these allegations are false was further debunked when Teresa Jones, a former colleague of Moore who served as deputy district attorney for Etowah County, Ala, said the following in an e-mailed statement to 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 … but you really wouldn’t say anything to someone like that.
As for why the girls didn’t come forward earlier, a lawyer for Gloria Thacker Deason, (who says she dated Moore when she was 18 and he was in his 30s) said simply this on Saturday after Roy attacked the Post’s sources at an event:
He knows full well why these women did not tell what he did to them before this week. As young teenage girls in the late 1970s, they had no way of knowing their rights, especially against him, considering he was a district attorney at the time.