One day after a Washington Post report revealed allegations of inappropriate conduct against Republican Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Judge Roy Moore, talk show host Rush Limbaugh pointed out something many people aren’t talking about.
During his radio show on Thursday, Limbaugh addressed the claim that Moore engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with a 14-year-old girl in the late 1970s, when he was 32 years old. Moore has vehemently denied The Post’s report.
“If this was known, it would have been found before now, don’t you think? Do you think Mitch and his opposition research guys could have found this? It only pops up now?” the talk show host asked.
“And of course Judge Moore is this rock-ribbed Christian, Ten Commandments guy. This is made to order for the left to start just shouting about hypocrisy and all that,” Limbaugh said.
The host said Moore is “hated by the Washington establishment,” noting that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his associates opposed Moore’s election to the Senate.
McConnell thinks if the allegations are true Moore should “step aside” as the party’s nominee.
“Again, Judge Moore is saying it’s all ‘fake news,’ saying that this the Washington Post trying to help his opponent. But the Washington Post says they have three other women who supposedly were also pursued by Judge Moore “when they were between 16 and 18 and he was in his thirties,” Limbaugh stated.
He added, “The Post claims the woman who claims that Moore pursued her when she was 14 only came forward because she had heard that other women had complaints against him.”
The talk show host then read a part of Post report detailing one allegation against Moore.
Moore talked to the 14-year-old girl and asked for her phone number. Days later, the girl said, he picked her up around the corner from her house in Gadsden, drove her about 30 minutes to his home in the woods, told her how pretty she was and kissed her.
She said that on a second visit, he took off her shirt and pants and removed his clothes. He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear.
Limbaugh concluded that the allegations are very serious, but wondered why the claims come 40 years later.
“If this happened when Judge Moore was in his thirties, this is how many years ago, 20? … What? Is he 70 now, so …? OK, OK, so 40 years ago. So he’s had all kinds of political opponents in that period of time, not just seeking office, but in other political endeavors,” Limbaugh said.
Limbaugh said that Moore has previously been involved with political controversies too.
“He’s been involved in numerous controversies involving statues and so forth of the Ten Commandments at the statehouse, outside the courthouse and so forth,” Limbaugh said.
Limbaugh was talking about Moore removal from the Alabama Supreme Court by the Alabama Court of the Judiciary in 2003 for refusing to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments.
“The point is that there’s been ample opportunity for news like this to have surfaced throughout the course of Judge Moore’s career. So why now? Why after he has won the Republican primary in Alabama and is the candidate for the Senate to replace Senator Sessions?” he asked.
Then he asked again why these allegations are coming out now.
“This supposedly happened in 1979. So that’s 38 years ago. Now, you think somebody in that 38 years knew this kind of stuff had happened?” Limbaugh asked.
“How does a guy like Moore with the enemies he has keep something like this bottled up for that long?”
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