The National  Memo Logo

Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019 {{ new Date().getDay() }}

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.com

 

While it was disturbing, it was sadly unsurprising that Donald Trump eventually endorsed Alabama Senate nominee Roy Moore, and implored his own supporters to vote for a man accused of serial sexual predationagainst young girls.

But it was certainly unexpected to hear the opposite message from the man who holds Alabama’s other Senate seat.

Republican Sen. Richard Shelby is no moderate. He recently pushed for his party’s tax scam bill by saying that the poor don’t deserve tax breaks because they “create nothing.” His voting record was recently ranked as the third most conservative in the U.S. Senate, and his views on issues like abortion rights, LGBTQ equality, and civil rights have earned him decidedly poor ratings from organizations like the ACLU, the NAACP, and the Human Rights Campaign.

But even he has his limits, and Moore ran up against them as the disturbing allegations against him became harder and harder for Shelby to ignore.

As he told CNN’s Jake Tapper Sunday morning, while Shelby wants to see a Republican win the race, he would “hope that Republican would be a write-in” — which is how he himself voted, though he would not say the name he wrote on his ballot.

“I couldn’t vote for Roy Moore, I didn’t vote for Roy Moore,” he declared.

He noted that he wanted to “vote Republican” and that he agreed with Trump and others in his party in wanting to retain that seat.

But the allegations against Moore were a “tipping point” for Shelby.

“So many accusations … when it got to the 14-year-old’s story, that was enough for me,” he said.

“I said, ‘I can’t vote for Roy Moore.’”

If someone as conservative as Shelby can see how abominable it would be to elect a man like Moore, there is simply no excuse for anyone else in the party — whether lawmaker or voter — to refuse to accept that reality.

Putting party over country is bad enough — putting party over victims of alleged child molestation and over basic human decency and empathy is beyond the pale.

 

Advertising

Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

Colbert Mocks Trump's Bad Toilet habits

Image via YouTube

The political world was rocked by the FBI raid on former President Donald Trump's Mar-A-Lago residence, perhaps prompted by reports that he had flushed classified intelligence documents down the toilet. Not surprisingly, Late Show host Stephen Colbert found this image laughable if alarming. (Over the weekend, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman had revealed photos from a White House source revealing scraps of paper at the bottom of a toilet bowl.)

“To be fair, it’s unclear if those are official White House documents or his toilet’s suicide note,” Colbert noted, although the papers did appear to have Trump’s Sharpie handwriting, as well as the name “Stefanik” written on them -- as in Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY).

Keep reading... Show less

Mehmet Oz

Youtube Screenshot

Mehmet Oz, the Republican nominee for Senate in Pennsylvania, gave a confusing response about veterans' health care during an interview with a Pittsburgh radio station last week.

The station 90.5 WESA asked Oz about the PACT Act, which expands health care coverage for veterans exposed to toxins in the course of their service. The interview took place a few hours before recalcitrant Senate Republicans finally agreed to support the legislation.

Keep reading... Show less
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}