In the wake of a series of allegations against Alabama Republican nominee Roy Moore, the Republican National Committee has decided to pull out of a funding arrangement to support his Senate run. It is unclear how this will impact the actual election results as many of Moore’s supporters see themselves as outside of the party machine anyway.
Roy Moore’s campaign is steadfast in their support for the Judge, stating, “We’ve said this before and we’ll say it again: Judge Moore is an innocent man and has never had any sexual misconduct with anyone.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been at the center of this controversy from the start. It is estimated that McConnell organized SuperPACs worth $30 million to try and keep Moore from winning. He is also an outspoken advocate for the idea of a Write-In vote, if Moore steps (or is forced) down. He says that the candidate would have to be “totally well-known and extremely popular.” Referencing Jeff Sessions, he said, “The Alabamian who would fit that standard would be the attorney general.”
McConnell has already made it abundantly clear that he doubts Moore’s claims of innocence. He suggests that, if Moore wins, he will be sworn in and then immediately subjected to an ethics inquiry. Making a statement, he said, “If he were to be sworn in, he would immediately be in a process before the Senate Ethics Committee,” McConnell said to the Wall Street. “He would be sworn in and be asked to testify under oath and it would be a rather unusual beginning, probably an unprecedented beginning.”
Although President Trump did not back Judge Roy Moore in the primary (instead favoring Luther Strange), calls are mounting for him to ask Moore to step down. There are even suggestions that AG Jeff Sessions could be asked to resume his seat in the Senate. Yet the possibility that this is another “anti-Trump” operation looms large.
“The establishment did everything they could to destroy Trump, and we the people stood with him. It would be very disappointing to see Trump believe these lies and turn on a rock-solid conservative like Roy Moore,” said GOP state Rep. Ed Henry, who believes the allegations are part of a con to remove pro-Trump candidates.
What many are failing to realize is that if Moore chooses to step aside, or even if he loses because of the allegations (without being proved guilty of any crimes), it could spark a backlash against both the GOP and the DNC, as MAGA supporters see their candidates being ousted by the establishment machine willing to use unproven and unsubstantiated allegations, if necessary.
Mark is a political writer and journalist who has worked on campaigns for Brexit.