US Judge Roy Moore has gone on the defense again, blaming liberal forces for the allegations that are dogging his election campaign.
The former Alabama Chief Justice is a Republican candidate for Senate. He started the campaign comfortably ahead of his Democratic rival, Doug Jones.
However, his smooth progress to Senate ran into controversy when a woman came forward earlier this month to allege that 36 years ago, a 32-year-old Moore behaved inappropriately with her. He has strongly denied the claims.
Speaking last night from the pulpit of the Magnolia Springs Baptist Church in Theodore, AL, Moore said the claims against him were ‘false and malicious’. He says its part of a wider conspiracy created by liberal opponents.
The speech was caught on camera and posted to Twitter.
Roy Moore names quite explicitly the “THEY” behind the “malicious” attacks against him. (At a church in Theodore, AL) pic.twitter.com/mccnDyfcK7
— Vaughn Hillyard (@VaughnHillyard) November 30, 2017
‘When I say they who are “they?”’ he told the congregation. ‘They’re liberals. They don’t hold conservative values. They are the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender who want to change our culture.
‘They are socialists who want to change our way of life and put man above God and the government is our God. They’re the Washington establishment…who don’t want to lose their power.’
Moore has a record of opposing any advances in LGBT rights. This includes attempting to uphold a ban on same-sex marriage in Alabama even after the Supreme Court ruled in its favor. He has previously said that transgender people have a mental disorder.
‘Stop calling me a liar’
The specific allegations against Moore come from Leigh Corfman, 52. She claims that in 1979, when she was 14, Moore – aged 32 at the time – behaved inappropriately with her. This included undressing her to her underwear, touching her over her bra and underpants, and getting her to put her hand on his shorts.
This week, she penned an emotional open letter to Moore demanding that he stop disputing her version of events.
In the letter, published on al.com, she said:
‘I demand that you stop calling me a liar and attacking my character. Your smears and false denials, and those of others who repeat and embellish them, are defamatory and damaging to me and my family.
‘I am telling the truth, and you should have the decency to admit it and apologize.’
At the time of going to press, Moore remains ahead of rival Doug Jones in opinion polls. The Senate special election is due 12 December.
‘Wholly unqualified to serve as our next Senator’
Commenting on last night’s speech, Alex Smith, Executive Director of Equality Alabama told GSN: ‘In typical Roy Moore fashion, he deflects his failures and shortcomings onto marginalized groups.
‘Instead of meaningfully addressing the disturbing allegations against him or discussing issues that matter to Alabama voters, Moore uses the LGBTQ community as a punching bag to distract voters from the truth — that he has no respect for the rule of law.
‘Roy Moore is dangerous for LGBTQ people in Alabama and across the United States, and he is wholly unqualified to serve as our next Senator.’
GSN has approached Moore’s campaign team for comment about last night’s speech.