President Trump broke his long silence on the allegations against Roy Moore Tuesday, casting doubt on the various claims against the Republican candidate for U. Senate in Alabama and saying that despite Moore’s past, including allegations of assault and generally creepy behavior around teenage girls, he prefers to see Moore elected to the seat than to lose it to a Democrat.“I can tell you this one thing for sure,” Trump said as he prepared to leave the White House for Florida for the Thanksgiving holiday. The administration has avoided assessing the claims, saying instead that if they are true, Moore should step aside.
“We don’t need a liberal person in there, a Democrat. But in his remarks on Tuesday, Trump both seemed to accept Moore’s denials as fact—he also noted that the claims were about events that were many years old—and took the view that even if true, the weight of a Republican vote in the Senate overcame the import of the allegations.
#Ralph Shortey, who is under investigation after a teen boy was found in his motel room, meets with Trump, Jr. Shortey claimed he had simply gone to the hotel to “hang out with a friend.” Police say the juvenile’s parents said he has a history of soliciting himself online.
KFOR reports that communication records show the teen told Shortey that he needed money for spring break, to which Shortey allegedly responded, “would you be interested in ‘sexual’ stuff?
Billy Ray Cyrus, posing with a 15-year-old Miley in a way that summons the more salacious sense of “daddy.” Hugh Hefner, swathed in silken loungewear, surrounded by women young enough to be his great-granddaughters.
They are suggesting versions of an old trope: that of the (revealingly euphemized) “May-December” pairing.
The women’s age was central to the horror of the story: Moore, then an assistant district attorney, met one of the women, Leigh Corfman, when she was 14 years old, outside a child custody hearing; he told her mother that he would, essentially, babysit her; her mother accepted.
” In the wake of his arrest, the Oklahoma Senate voted to bar Shortey from all his work as a Senator.
He is married with three children and was also the manager for Donald Trump’s campaign during the primaries.
The other involves a conservative politician who has literally toted a gun to a rally.
That the two would be so tangled together, though, is not terribly surprising: Both emerged within a culture that claims to see relationships between teenage girls and older men as wrong—, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and has been dubbed “brazen” and a “cringe comedy” and “a deliberately provocative minefield,” was set to hit American theaters this weekend in all its breezy brazenness—until the accusations against C. The allegations against Moore, similarly, have been met in some corners by horror—It’s a jumbled set of reactions that is reflective of a culture that is itself extremely jumbled about matters of sex and power and age.