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RNC: Party over country, even when sexual predators are candidates.
The Republican National Committee cut funding for Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore after several allegations of sexual misconduct. On Monday, December 4, the organization reversed its decision after President Donald Trump tweeted his support for Moore.
Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama. We need his vote on stopping crime, illegal immigration, Border Wall, Military, Pro Life, V.A., Judges 2nd Amendment and more. No to Jones, a Pelosi/Schumer Puppet!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2017
“The President had a positive call with Judge Roy Moore during which they discussed the state of the Alabama Senate race and the President endorsed Judge Moore’s campaign,” said Raj Shah, White House Deputy Press Secretary.
The President’s decision became abundantly clear: Alleged sexual delinquents stick together. (And, tax cuts are more important than child molestation.)
The RNC hasn’t made public statements about renewing the partnership with Moore, but one official spoke under anonymity to CNN.
“The RNC is the political arm of the president and we support the President.”
With its decision, the RNC is positioning itself as a proponent of alleged sexual deviants.
The support of Moore, who is alleged to have sexually assaulted a 14-year-old when he was in his thirties, is not the only recent support of sexual inappropriateness. The RNC supported then candidate Donald Trump after the infamous 2005 Hollywood Access tape leaked, where Trump uses explicit language to detail how he can sexually assault women because he’s famous.
The RNC is becoming the hub for endorsing despicable candidates, making their recruitment taglines nauseating: Molest minors? You can be a Republican Senator! Sexually assault women? You’d be a great candidate as a Republican President!
Just because Republicans are in the spotlight, doesn’t mean Democrats have avoided the sexual deviant title. Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) has had several allegations and Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) is retiring after sexual harassment claims became public. What’s the difference? Right now, the Democrats have to play clean up on elected officials. The RNC has the political capital to disavow abhorrent candidates BEFORE they are elected.
Yet, there are Republicans who are not supporting the RNC and Moore. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) donated to Moore’s Democratic opponent, Doug Jones. The subject line of the check read, “Country over party”.
Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has also spoken out against voting for Moore.
Roy Moore in the US Senate would be a stain on the GOP and on the nation. Leigh Corfman and other victims are courageous heroes. No vote, no majority is worth losing our honor, our integrity.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) December 4, 2017
The RNC is creating the stain on its own organization and entire base. It can show how power and politics can unite for a moral and just cause. Instead, the RNC has become an accomplice to putting men in power who are predators on our society.