Outspoken Virginia Republican Corey Stewart this weekend defended U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, who has been accused of initiating sexual contact with a teenage girl. Meanwhile, Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) said if the allegations are true, Moore should drop out of the race in Alabama.
Stewart, chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors and a candidate for the GOP nomination to challenge Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), defended Moore on Friday in a Facebook Live event.
“These allegations are 40 years old. Forty years old, and they’re unsubstantiated,” Stewart said in response to a question from Ian Sams, Kaine’s campaign spokesman. “There’s no way to prove it. They didn’t prove it, but you’re presumed guilty? That’s not right.”
Sams, speaking on behalf of Kaine, said, “Any person of conscience should be willing to condemn child sex abuse, and the fact Corey won’t speaks volumes about him.”
The Washington Post published an interview Thursday from a woman who said Moore initiated sexual contact with her when she was 14 and he was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney in Alabama. Leigh Corfman told The Post that Moore took her to his house and touched her sexually.
Three other women interviewed by The Post say Moore pursued them when they were between the ages of 16 and 18 and he was in his early 30s.
Moore, 70, has not ruled out that he may have dated girls in their late teens when he was in his 30s but denies any wrongdoing.
Since the allegations were first reported, a growing number of Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), have said Moore should withdraw from the race if the charges are true. The Senate GOP’s campaign arm also formally ended its fundraising agreement with Moore.
A 5th witness has now stepped forward with a grisly description of Roy Moore’s behavior towards her when she was a teenager.
Corey, what’s wrong with you? Do you have to see someone put it in before you will call rape? 5 women step forward and attach their names to terrible stories about a man applying sexual pressure to young girls. What will it take to convince you that this man (Roy Moore) is a snake and a weasel and a sexual predator?
It would be bad enough if the females he went after were grown women. Some of these were barely more than little girls.
Do you have any idea what its like to be a girl in this position? First of all, they are flattered that an older guy is paying attention to them. They don’t fear the man because he is a fairly public figure. Then comes the betrayal. The girls don’t go public because they don’t think they will be believed. They also fear their reputations and they fear getting in trouble for sneaking out.
I know of 100’s of stories similar to this, other than the stories I know aren’t about Roy Moore. There are lot’s of sexual predators out there.
Corey, if you had heard these stories 40 years ago would you have believed them? Probably not. So if you are asking why then girls/women didn’t say something sooner, there is your answer.
Roy Moore should step down. He has demonstrated in the past that he has no respect for Rule of Law. That apparently carries over to respecting the boundaries of age and space that is not his to claim. He has been a hypocritical disgrace.