Earlier this month, five women publicly accused the current Republican Senate candidate in Alabama, Judge Roy Moore, of allegedly having inappropriate interactions and relationships with minors when he was in his 30s. Although Judge Moore has denied the accusations, they’ve still shocked many members of the GOP.
For example, while being interviewed about controversy earlier this week, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), admitted that while he doesn’t know whether or not they’re true, he believes the allegations against Moore are deeply disturbing. Unsurprisingly, while speaking to reporters, he also made sure to not miss an opportunity to speak out against the public’s selective outrage. He did so by highlighting the fact that reporters aren’t asking the same questions about Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), a Democratic Senator who’s currently on trial for bribery, fraud, and corruption.
Specifically, during a recent interview, Sen. Cruz bashed news outlets for their role in the public’s selective outrage and called on them to ask Democrats similar questions about Sen. Menendez. “I would note that the media is understandably very eager to cover every aspect of this. For every reporter asking every Republican if Judge Moore should be elected, I would note for sake of…fairness and consistency, reporters should ask Democrats the very same questions about Senator Menendez that are being asked about Judge Moore,” he reasoned.
In addition to criticizing the public’s selective outrage, Cruz also spoke at length about the accusations against Moore. He prefaced his comments by pointing out that most people talking about the incident don’t know the truth.
“At this point, I have seen newspaper stories recounting their allegations. I don’t know if those allegations are true or false, you don’t know if they are true or false,” began Cruz. “That ultimately will be a choice for the voters of Alabama and perhaps for the criminal justice system,” he noted.
Despite this, Cruz confessed that he found the allegations to be “deeply concerning” and called on Moore to either step down or come forward and persuasively refute the claims against him. “These allegations are very serious, and I believe the only way this campaign can remain viable is for judge Moore to come forward with serious and persuasive responses that convince the people of Alabama that the charges are not true,” reasoned Cruz, adding, “In my view anyone who commits serious criminal conduct of [the] type alleged should not be serving in the United States Senate.”
To clarify, he stated, “one of two things should happen. If these allegations are true, [then] Judge Moore should drop out now. Today. The people of Alabama deserve to have the option of voting for a strong conservative who has not committed criminal conduct. Or two, if these allegations are not true, then Judge Moore needs to come forward with a strong, persuasive rebuttal demonstrating that they are untrue,” noting, “as it stands tonight, the people of Alabama are faced with an untenable choice. And so it is my hope one of those two options will occur very, very quickly.”
As of now, Moore has yet to adequately dispute the disturbing accusations. Because of this, Cruz withdrew his endorsement of him. “I am not able to urge the people of Alabama to support his candidacy so long as these allegations remain unrefuted,” Cruz explained to reporters. “Both last week and this week, there are serious charges of criminal conduct that if true, not only make him unfit to serve in the Senate but merit criminal prosecution,” he added.
“Grown men don’t typically sign high school girls’ yearbooks. As the father of two young daughters, that is a disquieting allegation,” continued Cruz, referring to the fact that one of Moore’s accusers has come forward with a yearbook containing a romantic message that was allegedly written to her by Moore.
“But let me repeat Judge Moore is entitled to present a defense [and] if the allegations are false, to demonstrate that,” he reiterated, noting, “but if the allegations are true, he should drop out now, tonight, so that the people of Alabama are not given an untenable choice between a candidate under a serious cloud of potential criminal conduct or a liberal Democrat who would vote for policies inconsistent with what the people of Alabama want.”
Without a doubt, the allegations against Moore are deeply troubling. If true, he needs to be held accountable for his actions. But if they’re false, then those attempting to ruin his reputation to further their political agenda should be punished as harshly as possible.