Sexual assault allegations grill Roy Moore

Sexual assault allegations grill Roy Moore

Victoria Liu, Editor of News and Opinion

Roy S. Moore recently became embroiled in accusations of sexual assault against women, including minors.

According to a recently published article in the Washington Post, Leigh Corfman accused Roy Moore inappropriately touched her when she was 14 years old. Roy Moore, then the 32-year-old  assistant district attorney, offered to watch the girl for the mother and abused her mother’s trust by making sexual advances towards her.

Leigh Corfman told the Washington Post that, “I wanted it over with — I wanted out.” She remembers urging Moore, “Please just get this over with. Whatever this is, just get it over.”

Three other women who came forward told the Washington Post that Moore made inappropriate advances towards them when they were between 16 and 18 years old. The age difference between these women and Moore make these accusations deeply troubling.

Now 70, running for the Senate seat in Alabama, Moore denied all allegations in a written statement. He states, “These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign.” Accusing these allegations as attacks from the liberal media, Moore also labeled these accusations as “fake news.”

This news also sparked some heat inside the Republican circle. People debated whether to continue to endorse Moore or ask him to drop out of the race. The Republican leader, Senator Mitch McConnell, in a news conference in Louisville, said, “I believe the women, yes.” Senator McConnell is also looking for a write-in candidate to replace Moore.

Senator Susan Collins quickly followed suit, tweeting on November 13, 2017, “I have now read Mr. Moore’s statement and listened to his radio interview in which he denies the charges. I did not find his denials to be convincing and believe that he should withdraw from the Senate race in Alabama.”

Moore, frustrated with outright attacks from McConnell and Collins, tweeted in response, “The person who should step aside is @SenateMajLdr Mitch McConnell. He has failed conservatives and must be replaced. #DrainTheSwamp

Accusations of sexual assaults towards Moore quickly became personal political attacks inside the Republican party. The split between its traditional wing and its populist wing becomes increasingly evident. This split becomes more evident when the populist president Trump endorsed Moore. Moore recently returns Trump’s endless support and equates allegations of Russia’s interference in the election with his sexual assault allegations.

Clearly, a lot more is going to come under fire as the election for the Senate seat in Alabama nears.