A stain on the Republican Party and the nation

Tuesday , December 05, 2017 - 4:30 AM7 comments

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Mitt Romney tweeted this Monday afternoon:

“Roy Moore in the US Senate would be a stain on the GOP and on the nation. Leigh Corfman and other victims are courageous heroes. No vote, no majority is worth losing our honor, our integrity.”

Romney’s statement followed a 6 a.m. tweet by President Trump, endorsing Moore:

“Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama. We need his vote on stopping crime, illegal immigration, Border Wall, Military, Pro Life, V.A., Judges 2nd Amendment and more. No to Jones, a Pelosi/Schumer Puppet!”

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And U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, in Utah with Trump as he signed an order Monday, decimating two national monuments, said the president made the best choice possible by endorsing Moore.

"That's the only Republican you can possibly get down there at this time,” Hatch said.

Leigh Corfman said Moore initiated a sexual encounter with her when she was 14 and he was 32. Altogether, nine women now allege Moore pursued them sexually when they were teenagers and he was an adult.

  • RELATED: “Woman shares new evidence of relationship with Roy Moore when she was 17”

Asked about the accusations, Hatch said “many of the things he allegedly did are decades ago.”

As if that somehow diminishes the horror of an adult preying on children — an adult now running for the U.S. Senate.

No party can claim moral leadership if it is willing to embrace a candidate who, as an adult in his 30s, pursued teenage girls. No party can claim it is pro-family when its leader, the president, views young women as disposable — collateral damage in the battle for a Republican seat in the Senate.

Romney is right; Moore’s election to the Senate would be a stain on the Republican Party and the nation.

But by supporting Moore, Trump and Hatch have already sacrificed their honor and integrity.

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