The other night, I was watching Fox News’ Sean Hannity interviewing Senator Lindsey Graham about the recent Special Council Report that reportedly exonerates President Trump of any Russian collusion during the 2016 Election.
As I watched it, I couldn’t help but to recall how Graham’s status as a conservative has been elevated to the point that he is now this great defender of the cause ever since his emotional outburst during the Kavanaugh hearings last summer. I remembered how Graham and other republican senators took a measured position of presumed innocence during the allegations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh. Republicans in the senate did something unusual when a fellow republican was under attack, they actually defended them.
Let’s go back to that pivotal day in the Alabama Special Election for U.S. Senate back in 2017, November 9th. This, as we all know, is the date that the Washington Post broke a story that alleged Senate Republican nominee, Roy Moore sexually assaulted teenage girls almost four decades earlier. Allegations that were strikingly similar to those made against Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, almost one year later.
Unlike Kavanaugh, Moore’s defenders in DC were few and far between, if at all during his hour of persecution. Let’s take a moment to revisit how quickly the senate turned its back on Roy Moore and how unified it was when doing so.
Look at this article that was published on Nov 10th, 2017. Just one day after the WaPo story broke the allegations. The headline reads, NRSC exits fund raising agreement with Roy Moore’s campaign. The speed in which the National Republican Senate Committee abandoned Moore is astounding. Did the committee act solely in response to the November 9th Washington Post article or did they have some advanced notice that this story was about to break? Why didn’t the committee consider the other side of the allegations, Judge Roy Moore’s side, before they quickly dropped financial support?
Now look at this article and how it presents a litany of statements from Sen. Cory Gardner, Sen. John McCain, Sen. Luther Strange, Sen. John Thune, Sen. Richard Shelby, Sen. Jeff Flake all republicans, and all but one use the phrase “if the allegations are true” or similar language to qualify their statements of concern about Moore getting elected with this cloud over him. These statements were made on November 9th, 2017, just hours after the allegations were published by WaPo! Were these republican senators aware of these allegations beforehand? Why did they all fail to give Roy Moore the presumption of innocence that he was due? The same presumption of innocence that was given to Brett Kavanaugh?
The irony of this is that if Lindsey Graham or any other senator would have stood up for Roy Moore back in 2017, in the same manner that they stood up for Kavanaugh in 2018, there most likely would have been one less democrat there to vote against Kavanaugh and the left might have deemed it futile to hijack the SCOTUS hearings at the eleventh hour!
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