Why Is Roy Moore’s Base OK With Assault Claims But Not Same-Sex Marriage?

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Why Is Roy Moore’s Base OK With Assault Claims But Not Same-Sex Marriage?
Why Is Roy Moore’s Base OK With Assault Claims But Not Same-Sex Marriage?

Republican Senate hopefulRoy Mooremay see himself as “the only one that can unite Democrats and Republicans,” but one political pundit begs to differ.  

On Wednesday’s episode of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” The Daily Beast’sSam Steinquestioned the “moral thread” of Moore’s conservative base. Moore, a former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, isfacing allegationsfrom at least five women who say he made advances on them when they were in their teens and he was in his 30s. One woman alleges that Mooreundressed and touched her sexually, and another says heviolently sexually assaulted her.

In spite of the accusations, Moore has ignoredthe suggestionsof a number of fellow Republicans, includingHouse Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), to drop out of the race. On Tuesday, the 70-year-old steered clear of the controversy whenhe defiantly spoke at the “God Save America Revival Conference” at Alabama’s Walker Springs Road Baptist Church.

The support for Moore on display at that event perplexed Stein, a formersenior politics editor at HuffPost. “These people who are sitting in this event are comfortable enough with accusations of child molestation to support this guy,” Stein said, “but forcibly opposed to the concept of a gay couple getting married.”

He continued, “I just don’t understand where the moral thread is here.” 

Moore, a longtime opponent of same-sex marriage, doubled down on that stance during his Tuesday appearance,reportedly recalling the time he ordered state judges not to respectthe 2015 Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage. (He was suspended from office in 2016 as a result.) 

Last month, he blasted that Supreme Court decision as “even worse” than its ruling in the 1857 Dred Scott case, which found that no black people could claim U.S. citizenship. 

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This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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