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RNC reverses course, backs Moore campaign

by Evan Wilt
Posted 12/05/17, 09:59 am

WASHINGTON—The Republican National Committee (RNC) decided Monday to support Roy Moore’s Senate campaign, following President Donald Trump’s lead. The president on Monday morning officially endorsed Moore for the U.S. Senate seat in Alabama vacated when Jeff Sessions became U.S. attorney general. By the end of the day, the RNC announced it would reverse its decision to cut ties with the Moore campaign and work to help him defeat Democrat Doug Jones in next Tuesday’s election. Less than three weeks ago, the RNC voided a joint fundraising agreement with the Moore campaign after reports surfaced about the candidate’s relationships with teenage girls in Alabama when he was in his early 30s. At least nine women have come forward to accuse Moore of inappropriate conduct, including two who accused Moore of sexually assaulting them when they were minors. Moore denies the reports. Trump spoke to Moore by phone Monday—the first communication between them since the accusations surfaced. “Just got off the phone with President Trump who offered his full support and said he needs a fighter to help him in the US Senate,” Moore tweeted Monday. “I look forward to fighting alongside the President.” After the call, a pro-Trump super PAC, America First Action, invested $1.1 million in pro-Moore television ads in Alabama set to run in the days leading up to the election. The White House said last month Trump did not plan to campaign for Moore in Alabama, but he scheduled a Friday rally just over the state line in Pensacola, Fla.—four days before voters go to the polls in Alabama.

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Evan is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Washington, D.C.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 12/05/2017 12:46 pm

    Wouldn’t it be ironic if Trump’s and the RNC’s support is the kiss of death for Moore’s Senate hopes... 

    And I have started wondering, with no witnesses or other corroborating evidence reported for any of Moore’s accusers, has anyone thought of asking some of them to submit to polygraph examination?

  • Joel
    Posted: Tue, 12/05/2017 02:58 pm

    I am disappointed that World has not investigated or reported on the credibility of the accusers. Mr. Olasky wrote in his response to a previous article that some voters would believe Moore and others would believe the accusers. World should report information that helps voters make that decision.


    Leigh Corfman and Beverly Nelson accused Moore of sexual assault. I have seen many comments about problems with their credibility, but not from World or mainstream media. Are these true?


    Corfman has three times previously made unsubstantiated accusations of sexual assault against different pastors. Her mother and brother believe she is lying about Moore. Details of her story about receiving a phone call in her room and meeting him around the corner are inconsistent with the facts that she had no phone in her room and the location is a mile from her home. Corfman worked on the campaign of Moore's opponent.


    Nelson claimed that Moore was a daily customer always sitting at the same stool in the restaurant where she worked, but three witnesses (two waitresses and a police officer regular customer) have testified that they do not recall Nelson working there and never saw Moore there. Details about parking behind the restaurant by the dumpster are inconsistent with the location of the dumpster beside the building, and there was no space for a car either by the dumpster or behind the building. Nelson claimed she never saw Moore again, but in fact, he presided over her divorce. She later showed to the cameras a yearbook with Moore's signature, but it included the initials "D.A.", the initials of his clerk that the clerk wrote with the stamped signature on her divorce papers. Moore was not district attorney (only assistant) at the time of the alleged assault. She refuses to let a third party examine the book. Her step-son says he does not believe her story.


    If some of these things are true, then it suggests that accusers are lying in a political attack. It would not be the first time women made lying accusations of sexual misconduct in an attempt to bring down a conservative leader. The fact that Moore dated younger women and married someone fourteen years younger was a vulnerability that made these accusations plausible, but if they are not true, then Moore deserves our support, and he deserves fair reporting from World.


    I understand Mr. Olasky's position that we should not vote for a conservative unfit for office even when the opponent is worse, but we should not drag Moore into that debate without good reason to believe he is unfit. The story is not always what the editor would like to use to advance his pet arguments.

  • Eual D. Blanset...
    Posted: Tue, 12/05/2017 04:17 pm

    I am a retired Deputy District Attorney.  I spent 31 years prosecuting criminals and I believe absolutely in due process for anyone ever accused of a crime.  The worst thing that could ever happen to an innocent person is to be accused and then convicted of an offense he or she did not commit.  Taking my view of due process into account, I have been following the Roy Moore campaign for some time and I was disturbed initially by the accusations that were being made.  However, because of my former occupation, I was not about to taint Roy Moore's campaign without hearing both sides of the story.  Now that I have heard Roy Moore's rebuttal of the more serious accusations, I am convinced that nothing occurred as claimed by the females involved.  Even though it was common for women not to report instances of sexual abuse 30 or more years ago, I tried to keep an open mind about the accusations, even though I wondered why they were being made at the tail end of a political campaign.  It appeared that the accusations were being made deep enough into the campaign so that voters would be influenced, but the candidate would have insufficient time to refute the charges, other than with a flat denial.  Maybe the accusers did not factor in the factr that Roy Moore was a former prosecutor and would know exactly how to investigate their claims.  I am glad he was able to do so.  A lifetime of doing good should not be destroyed by unverified claims.  What happen to him (unverified and potentially false accusations) could happen to anyone running for political office.  As an added note, I was disturbed by Evan Wilt throwing into the article a statement that there have been nine accusers.  My understanding is that only two of them involved any kind of claims of sexual behavior and the other seven dealt with Roy Moore's "reputation" at a certain time in his life.  If so, then Evan Wilt needs to clarify this fact in any subsequent articles.  After all, even Evan Wilt should believe in due process.

  • E Cole
    Posted: Tue, 12/05/2017 04:46 pm

    I am so tired of hearing people using the excuse that the claims can’t be proven in court as an excuse to support Moore regardless of the credible claims against him.  Very few victims of sexual assault or harassment can overcome the fact that these are private sins. I wish people would at least be honest about what they are doing.  They say they value moral character and then abandon those values for the sake of partisanship.  God help us all.

  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Tue, 12/05/2017 05:10 pm

    You are assuming the worst in Roy Moore when his record speaks otherwise. Also, if you follow the evidence the witnesses are not credible! Shame on you!

  • Joel
    Posted: Tue, 12/05/2017 07:41 pm

    False claims would be designed to sound believable. Your believing them does not make them true. And if these claims are false, then ironically, while you say you value moral character, it is the liars that you are defending and a moral leader you are attacking.

  • E Cole
    Posted: Thu, 12/07/2017 12:33 pm

    Sorry guys, but I think for myself, post under my real name and no, I will not be shamed for expressing my opinion. You might win this battle, but in terms of the war, I don’t think it will serve you well. #metoo