The Most Serious Allegation Against Moore Yet

Another woman has come forward to accuse Roy Moore, this time of actually trying to rape her, and she’s put her name on it and showed evidence that she knew him when she was 16 years old. I think this is the 5th woman to make allegations against him of this kind.

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Beverly Young Nelson is the fifth woman to accuse the Alabama Republican candidate for Senate of sexual misconduct and the first woman to accuse him of attempted rape. During a press conference with attorney Gloria Allred, Nelson said Moore approached her while she was working at a Gadsden, Alabama restaurant on December 22, 1977. Nelson was 16 and Moore was 30.

That night, Moore signed her high-school yearbook then offered to give her a ride home in his car, Nelson said. She accepted the offer, but instead of getting on the highway, she alleged, Moore parked in the back. Nelson said she asked Moore what he was doing.

“Instead of answering my question, Mr. Moore reached over and began groping me, putting his hands on my breasts,” Nelson said through tears. “I tried to open my car door to leave, but he reached over and locked it so I could not get out. I tried fighting him off, while yelling at him to stop, but instead of stopping he began squeezing my neck attempting to force my head onto his crotch. I continued to struggle. I was determined that I was not going to allow him to force me to have sex with him. I was terrified. He was also trying to pull my shirt off. I thought that he was going to rape me. I was twisting and struggling and begging him to stop. I had tears running down my face.

“At some point he gave up. He then looked at me and said, ‘You are a child. I am the District Attorney of Etowah County. ‘If you tell anyone about this, no one will believe you,’” she continued. “He finally allowed me to open the car door and I either fell out or he pushed me out. I was on the ground as he pulled out of the parking area behind the restaurant. The passenger door was open as he burned rubber pulling away leaving me laying there on the cold concrete in the dark.”

Will this change anything? Probably not. She can’t prove that it happened, just like the overwhelming majority of such cases can’t be proven because there’s no one there to witness it. And Moore’s defenders will trot out all the usual distractions and excuses — it’s a Democratic conspiracy, these are all Hillary Clinton supporters who hate Moore and want to bring him down (Nelson says she and her husband both voted for Trump, just like the woman who says Moore tried to “date” her when she was 14).

Breitbart will try to attack her in any way they can. But now there are others in Republican leadership who are drawing a line. Mitch McConnell says Moore needs to pull out, and this time without the “if true” statement as a way out of it). He’s even talked about possibly refusing to seat Moore if he wins the election, which the Senate actually can vote to do. And there are enough Republican senators in addition to McConnell to make that happen.

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