Get a load of this one, folks.
Alabama’s state auditor, Jim Ziegler, is defending Senate Republican candidate Roy Moore after allegations surfaced he sexually assaulted teenage girls when he was in his early 30’s.
Ziegler told the Washington Examiner, that “there was nothing to see here.”
His basis for that?
Well, he claims that Ziegler never had “intercourse with him” among other things.
Nevermind the fact that one of his accusers, Leigh Corfman, said that Moore touched her over her bra and underpants, then guiding her hand to his shorts. “I wanted it over with — I wanted out,” she recalled. “Please just get this over with. Whatever this is, just get it over.
Ziegler states that in addition to them not having intercourse, Moore should be excused from the behavior because it “happened almost 40 years ago.” That, and “Roy Moore fell in love with one of the younger women.”
Oh, and he also claimed that the Bible defended old men dating young teenage girls. He then cited the passages from scripture.
As you know, Alabama is a deeply religious state, and Roy Moore is one of the Bible’s staunchest defenders. He now has the state auditor helping him out with his favorite book. Not sure this defense will hold up in court, though, or in the name of public opinion, no matter what your religious beliefs.
Here’s what he said:
“Take the Bible. Zachariah and Elizabeth for instance. Zachariah was extremely old to marry Elizabeth and they became the parents of John the Baptist,” Ziegler said choosing his words carefully before invoking Christ. “Also take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus.”
“There’s just nothing immoral or illegal here,” Ziegler concluded. “Maybe just a little bit unusual.”
Even with Ziegler by Moore’s side, not too many other Republicans seem to be. The U.S. Senate on Thursday just voted to enforce mandatory sexual harassment training for all 100 U.S. Senators and their staff, in an apparent show of force against Moore. Several Republicans, including Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and John McCain, among others, came out saying Moore should step down if there are any traces of truth to the allegations.
But, reports indicate on Thursday, that Moore isn’t stepping aside. He’s even using the allegations to further support his fundraising efforts in the state. He sent an email out on Thursday calling it a hoax from”Obama-Clinton Machine’s liberal media lapdogs.”
“The Obama-Clinton Machine’s liberal media lapdogs just launched the most vicious and nasty round of attacks against me I’ve EVER faced,” Moore wrote in the fundraising email. “I won’t to get into the details of their filthy and sleazy attacks.”
“The forces of evil will lie, cheat, steal — even inflict physical harm — if they believe it will silence and shut up Christian conservatives like you and me,” Moore continued in the email. “Their goal is to frustrate and slow down our campaign’s progress to help the Obama-Clinton Machine silence our conservative message. That’s why I must be able to count on the help of God-fearing conservatives like you to stand with me at this critical moment.”
He’s expecting the fundraising email to contribute considerably to his campaign, rather than deterring it. Moore goes on to say he’s “planning to slug it out with the Obama-Clinton Machine with everything I’ve got over the next four weeks before the December 12 Special Election.”