Republican Sen. John Barrasso told CNBC on Monday that sexual misconduct allegations against Roy Moore are “disturbing,” and Moore should drop out of Alabama’s race if true.
“These charges seem very credible, they’re very disturbing,” said Senator John Barrasso, the fourth-ranking member in the Senate Republican leadership. “If true, he should move aside.”
GOP Sen. Pat Toomey urged Moore to drop out now, saying on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that Moore’s explanations had been inadequate. Toomey said that, if true, Moore should drop out of the race. Senator Bob Corker said: “Look, I’m sorry, but even before these reports surfaced, Roy Moore’s nomination was a bridge too far.”
Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., on Sunday said Moore’s denials seemed to raise more questions than answers. “Certainly, the allegations are very, very strong. The denial was not as strong as the allegations,” Scott said. However even Scott qualified his demand for Moore to drop out of the race, saying “If the allegations are true, there is no doubt he should step aside. And not for the party, but for the American people. We have to find a way to restore trust and confidence in our elected officials in our government, and this goes in the wrong direction.”
Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., said on CBS’ Face the Nation that Alabama voters will be the judge and jury for Moore, but that Moore’s “denial was not as strong as the allegations.”
When Republicans say that “If true” Moore should drop out of the race, they are totally irresponsible. The allegations will never be proved or disproved in a Court of Law. The allegations relate to conduct of Moore that allegedly occurred almost 40 years ago. The statute of limitations has surely run and no civil claim has been filed. Thus the allegations will never be proved “true.” There is only common sense to guide Republicans, and we should demand that they be willing to do the right thing. To demand that Moore withdraw “If true” is a way to ensure that Moore would stay in the race. If Moore withdrew it would be an acknowledgement that the allegations are true.
It would be like saying that if Todd Palin was a pimp, he should pay taxes on any money he earned.
It would be like saying that if Bristol got pregnant out of wedlock she should not be a spokesperson for abstinence.
It would be like saying that if Track hit or kicked his girlfriend who was the mother of his child he should not be a spokesperson for victims of abuse.
It would be like saying that if Sarah Palin was pregnant when she married Todd, the baby might not be Todd’s.