For the first time, Donald Trump has spoken publicly about Roy Moore and the accusations against him. After reports that Steve Bannon had called Trump several times asking him to publicly support Moore, he did exactly that, dismissing the allegations on predictably flimsy and hypocritical grounds.
“We don’t need a liberal person in there,” Trump said of Moore’s rival, Democrat Doug Jones. “We don’t need somebody who’s soft on crime like Jones.”
A former federal prosecutor, soft on crime? Hilarious. What “soft on crime” means to the right, of course, is that he actually might think the Constitution should be followed when it comes to criminal prosecutions. Because as always, the right declares their undying love for the Constitution while doing everything they can to undermine it in the real world. They love the Constitution in their head, not the real one.
Trump, who won election last fall despite more than a dozen accusations of sexual misconduct against him personally, dismissed questions from reporters about backing a man accused of sexual assault over a man who is a Democrat. Trump pointed to Moore’s assertions that he did nothing wrong.“Roy Moore denies it, that’s all I can say,” Trump said. “He denies it.”
And if he denies it, he must be telling the truth, right? I mean, Trump denies sexually exploiting and assaulting women as young as 15, but since he previously not only admitted to it but bragged about it, those denials are clearly worthless. And of course, this benefit of the doubt applies only to Republicans. Hillary Clinton denies the allegations he made against her in regard to the emails and Benghazi, but he doesn’t accept that. As usual, this is just special pleading and tribalism, one set of rules for Republicans and one for everyone else (and sadly, as I’ve been pointing out, plenty of Democrats do the same damn thing).
Here’s the real reason why Trump is supporting Moore: He knows the vote in the Senate on his tax reform bill is going to be close and that it may not happen until after the first of the year. He needs every vote he can get and if Doug Jones wins the election, it might well doom his chances of getting that bill passed. And since he personally stands to save potentially billions of dollars in taxes (figuring in the estate tax), that’s way more important to him than anything else.