If perhaps you were under the impression that being accused of sexually molesting an underage girl was the political kiss of death, then apparently you’ve never been to the planet known as Alabama, where up is down, day is night, and being a pervert gets you more votes than you ever imagined possible.
A new poll shows that nearly 40 percent of evangelical “Christians” in the Cotton State report they’re now more likely to support Moore than they were before The Washington Post documented Moore’s many dalliances with young girls.
Specifically, 37 percent of those surveyed said they were more likely to vote for Moore since the revelations about his past behavior came to light. Only 28 percent of those same pretend Christians said it made them less likely to support Moore in the December special election to fill the seat of Jeff Sessions, who is now Attorney General.
But the news was not all good for the former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court who lost his seat on the bench for refusing to obey the ruling of the United States Supreme Court on same-sex marriage. For the first time since polling began in the race, Democratic challenger Doug Jones leads Moore. Jones garners 46 percent support compared to Moore at 42 percent. A loss by Republicans in a deeply red Southern state would be a humiliation for the GOP and make their margin of control razor thin in the U.S. Senate.
The support among evangelicals began solidifying shortly after the Post story was published, with Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. commenting:
“It comes down to a question of who is more credible in the eyes of the voters — the candidate or the accuser, and I believe the judge is telling the truth.”
But supporting a candidate as flawed as Roy Moore could be dangerous for voters who cast their ballot along religious lines, according to Rev. Robert Franklin, a professor at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology:
“Evangelicals are steadily losing their moral authority in the larger public square by intensifying their uncritical loyalty to Donald Trump. Since this is Roy Moore and not Donald Trump, I think there may be significant disaffection with him, and increased demands for his removal from the ballot.”
But should Moore be booted from the ballot, at least the far-right pretend pious would still have their real savior, Donnie the Orange.
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