Several women have accused Republican senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual assault. How will the “Fox News vote” react?by Diane Roberts / November 14, 2017 / Leave a comment
If you encountered Roy Moore as a character in a novel, you’d roll your eyes and accuse the author of gross stereotyping. Look at him: a 70 year-old with a comb-over who dresses in cowboy outfits, a denier of evolution, a de-frocked judge, a lover of guns and Jesus—almost certainly in that order—a sworn enemy of feminism, gay rights, the United Nations, and “socialised medicine,” and now a man accused of dubious behavior with teenage girls. Even William Faulkner, creator of the outrageous “white trash” Snopes clan, never stuffed so many Southern clichés into one body.
Unfortunately for the South, indeed, the entire United States, Roy Moore is all too real, as large as life and twice as backward. And come 12th December, he may be elected the United States senator from Alabama.
It will not, however, be an easy contest. Perhaps emboldened by those who’ve come forward to accuse Fox News presenters, Hollywood producers, actors, renowned comics, and other powerful men of sexual harassment and worse, four women have told the Washington Post that Roy Moore kissed them, and in one case, touched them inappropriately. One was an 18 year-old cheerleader, who says Moore plied her with Mateus Rosé; another, 17, says she met him when he gave a talk in her high school civics class; 14 year-old Wendy Miller says she was working as a Christmastime “Santa’s Helper” at the Gadsden, Alabama shopping mall when Moore first approached her, though he didn’t ask her on a date until she was 16.
Moore allegedly walked up to Leigh Corfman and her mother outside the Etowah County Courthouse, about to go into a child custody hearing, and offered to look after the girl so she could avoid seeing her parents wrangle over her. Later he started calling her. On one occasion, he drove her to his house 30 miles away, removed most of his clothes, removed most of hers, and, as she told the Post, “touched her through her bra and underpants,” then “guided her hand to his underwear.” He would have been 32 at the time. She was 14.
And now a fifth woman, Beverly Young Nelson, has accused Moore of sexually assaulting her when she was 16.
Despite the popular assumption that Alabama is a wretched…