After hand-wringing and silence regarding his support for the disgraced Republican senate candidate Roy Moore, Trump apparently came out in favor of the right-wing extremist, even as he faces numerous accusations of preying on under age girls.
“I can tell you one thing for sure: we don’t need a liberal person in there, a Democrat,” Trump told reporters, adding: “Look, he denies it. I mean, if you look at what is really going on, and you look at all the things that have happened over the last 48 hours, he totally denies it.”
Trump, of course, has also been accused of sexual misconduct over the years, making him perhaps the only major public figure to receive a pass over the past few months, which have seen a welcoming surge in accountability of sexual predators.
But in today’s GOP, pedophilia apparently gets a pass. Right-wing media outlets continue to support Moore, and conservatives are finding the most bizarre and embarrassing ways to defend him, from comparing child molestation to having a pro-choice stance and arguing that he prefers younger girls because of their “purity.”
While mainstream Republicans have distanced themselves from Moore, the GOP has – as a whole – become incredibly adept at equivocating over the moral infractions of their rank-and-file. After decades of moral sanctimonious and pious grandstanding, ultimately no transgression committed by a self-described conservative is too egregious to warrant condemnation if it means that a progressive candidate may win instead.
This cynical and self-serving brand of politics will drive the Republican party into the ground sooner or later.