By: Aedan Sara O’Connor
A good basic morality rule is that sexual predators have no place in government. This should apply equally to both parties and the standard should be that the allegations are credible. Baseless arrogance should have no place in politics but lately it seems to be the backbone of politics. The Alabama Senate seat race seemed to demonstrate this clearly.
President Trump appointed former Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions to Attorney General and appointed Luther Strange to temporarily serve as a senator while a special election was held to fill the Senate seat. Alabama is one of the most conservative states so it was considered a shoo-in for whoever the Republican candidate was. Three candidates ran in the primary: Congressman Mo Brooks, Judge Roy Moore and Strange. Strange was widely considered to be the moderate, Brooks and Moore were considered constitutional conservatives.
Moore had previously made some alienating comments such as alluding to 9/11 being caused by America’s secular shift. He claimed that he was similar to dictatorial Russian president Vladimir Putin because of his stance on homosexuality (Putin is deeply homophobic) and stated Minnesota Representative Keith Ellison should not serve because of his Islamic faith. In my view, Ellison should not serve because of his ties to the Hamas-linked Muslim Brotherhood, not because of his Islamic faith, but I digress.
Trump endorsed Strange in the primary instead of conservative Brooks. I believe that if Brooks had initially had the support of Trump, who won by a margin of +27.5 % in Alabama in the 2016 election and the Republican primary before, he likely would have won the Senate primary, both taking votes from the moderates who liked Strange, and the Conservatives who liked both Moore and Trump.
During the general elections credible allegations came out that Roy Moore was involved in child molestation. The Washington Post reported allegations from Leigh Corfman on November 9th. Corfman claimed that in 1979 Moore asked her out on two dates and on the second “took off her shirt and pants and removed his clothes … touched her over her bra and underpants … and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear.” At the time she was 14 so this alleged contact would be a felony under Alabama law.
Another woman, Beverly Young Nelson alleged that one night Moore drove her home and during the ride, he stopped the car, began to grope her and attempted to force her head into his crotch. She submitted a yearbook signed by Roy Moore as evidence and although the evidence was thrown into question when she admitted to writing the date herself, Nelson’s lawyer said she verified the signature as Moore’s by a handwriting expert.
There were several other allegations such as butt grabbing and sexual harassment against teenage girls. Moore defended himself poorly, while a lot of supporting details, such as locations checked out. Moore’s approval rating plummeted after this. Many of his supporters, however, maintained his innocence. They believe the allegations are fake because the media is biased and has been dishonest, yet they claim to be objective. They completely dismissed Washington Post as fake news. The Washington Post is biased to the left, but is truthful, most of the time. In my view, the Post should work on their credibility and be more honest about their biases.
Moore should have resigned when the allegations came out and either let another conservative run in his spot. Trump should have encouraged him to resign and had Jeff Sessions run in his old seat. But that did not happen, and instead Democrat and pro-abortion fanatic Doug Jones is now a senator. There is now a Democrat senator in deep-red Alabama.
Democrats are taking this to mean that the left-wing/anti-Trump movement is popular and that they will be wildly successful in the midterm elections in 2018. And the Republicans need to take some lessons from this loss: 1. If someone has credible allegations against them regarding sexual misconduct, get them out. Let them be investigated and if it turns out that they are innocent, they can run in later years. 2. The media is biased and occasionally dishonest, but this should not be our go to defence. That diminishes our credibility. 3. Endorse solid moral conservatives who are not riddled by scandal.
Support candidates with strong morals. It is true that a lot of people are tired of the establishment type Republicans, so endorse staunch conservatives. Conservative candidates, like Brooks are wonderful. All of this would have been avoided if it were Mo Brooks running. Moore’s arrogance means Alabama now has a Democrat senator. Republicans, we need to rebuild and garner more votes on strong conservative principles. Let’s do this.
Aedan Sara O’Connor is the founder and CEO of Dame Right. While she is an American patriot, she was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. An avid political junkie and nerd, she created Dame Right when she saw a void to be filled in feminine conservative media. Her previous work has been featured in Daily Wire, The National Post, Rebel Media, Toronto Sun and Jerusalem Post.