The nation is still reeling from this week’s special election, which saw a Democrat elected in a state-wide campaign in deep red Alabama for the first time in decades.
There are a number causes that led to this result: the credible allegations levied against Republican Roy Moore that he sexually assaulted under age girls, the GOP’s deeply unpopular tax plan, and Donald Trump’s legendarily awful poll numbers all come to mind.
Democrat Doug Jones won narrowly, and will most likely face a tough reelection campaign in three years. The unfortunate reality is that Moore still commanded such a high level of support despite his medieval belief system (putting aside, for the moment, the mere fact that he is a sexual predator).
As of Thursday, Moore has still refused to concede the race, releasing a video that highlights his intolerant, hostile, and ignorant views:
Today, we no longer recognize the universal truth that God is the author of our life and liberty. Abortion, sodomy and materialism have taken the place of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
In the video, he proceeds to lash out at transgender people, remarking that “immorality sweeps over our land,” and that “we have even begun to recognize the right of a man to claim to be a woman, and vice versa.”
The GOP has a definite branding problem, and it is the party’s own fault. Even in the face of the credible sex allegations, the RNC still funded Moore’s campaign and Trump endorsed him. Moore’s wild beliefs are alive and well in the GOP, which poses a threat to marginalized groups every day the party is in power.