Was a 14-year-old girl molested by Alabama Senate Republican candidate Roy Moore, or is she lying? It’s a yes-or-no question.
Was a 16-year-old girl sexually assaulted by Moore, or is she lying? Again, it’s a yes-or-no question.
Finally, do you believe that there are conditions under which a child molester should sit in the United States Senate? Again, this question is binary.
Yet many conservatives seem to be seeking a third answer to all three of these questions, mostly to avoid giving straight answers.
Let’s begin with the first question: Did Roy Moore molest a 14-year-old girl? Did he meet her at an Alabama courthouse, get her phone number, pick her up from her mother’s home, and drive her to his own, proceed to undress her and touch her sexually, then force her to touch him? Or was this all made up? Moore says it’s all made up; the alleged victim, Leigh Corfman, says it happened.
So, here’s what we know. We know that Corfman and her mother were at the courthouse at the time in question; we know that Corfman apparently has told others over the years about the incident; we know that she didn’t want to talk about the experience publicly but was convinced to do so by the Washington Post; we know that three other women have come forward stating to the Post that Moore attempted to date them when they were between the ages of 16 (the age of legal consent in Alabama) and 18; we know that a former Moore colleague said it was common knowledge that Moore liked to date high-school girls when he was in his 30s; we know that Corfman says she voted for President Trump.
We also know that Moore has denied the allegations; we know that Moore says he didn’t “generally” date teenagers when he was in his 30s, adding, “I’m not going to dispute anything, but I don’t remember anything like that”; he has threatened to sue the Washington Post for running the story; he claims he “never talked to or had any contact” with Corfman. We also know that these claims surfaced only 30 days from a heavily publicized election.
You get to decide whether Corfman’s claims are credible, or whether Moore’s denials are. Or you can say that you don’t have enough evidence to make a judgment — which is making a default judgment against the credibility of claims as they currently stand.
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