What’s At Stake in the Roy Moore Scandal?
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FEATURING MIRANDA BLUE – Two more women have come forward to accuse Roy Moore, the US Senate candidate in Alabama, of pursuing them as teenagers when he was in his 30s. The count of women who say Moore was inappropriate with them is growing, jeopardizing that Senate seat for Republicans. The most serious accusations facing Moore were made by one woman who says she was only 14 when Moore molested her, and another who was 16 when she says he assaulted her in a car.
The number of prominent Republicans who are calling on Moore to step down from the race has also increased and include Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and even Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whose vacated Senate seat Moore is hoping to win in the December special election. If he is elected to the Senate he will likely face an ethics probe to remove him immediately.
But Moore and state-level Alabama Republicans are standing firm behind him.
Miranda Blue, research editor at People For the American Way. She has worked on PFAW’s Right Wing Watch project, reporting on the leaders and organizations driving right-wing movements. Her work has included investigations into the anti-abortion “personhood” and “rescue” movements, uncovering the work of American anti-LGBT activists around the world, and exposing the work of extremist anti-immigrant groups.