By Stefan Matias Kløvning

Alabama, United States – Since Hollywood’s Harvey Weinstein was exposed for sexual harassment, there has kept coming up a bunch of accusations and reports against public officials. The most recent, and noteworthy, of these accusations were those of Former Judge Roy Moore and Former Senator Al-Franken (D-Minn.). Al-Franken resigned on Thursday, amid allegations by six women against him were heating up, all of which he later denied. In his resignation announcement he claimed to have been “aware that there has been some irony,” in this situation, referring, of course, to Trump’s 2005 bus tape and Roy Moore getting “the full support of his party” to run for senate in Alabama.

Roy Moore definitely does not have the full support of the Republican Party, as Howard Kurtz of Fox News recently pointed out, after being accused of nine women of inappropriate behavior in the late 1970s when he was working as a local prosecutor in his 30s. Moore, now 70, is running for Senate against Democrat Doug Jones. Donald Trump supported Moore for the Senate run, but his 2 tweets  and (2nd tweet here)  seem to suggest this support being due to him being a lesser evil than Doug Jones, and getting a Republican in Congress, rather than the personal characteristics inhabiting Roy Moore.

The Daily Beast stressed Trump’s “endorsement” of Moore on Wednesday, saying that “Not only does the president endorse an accused child molester for Senate, he believes the ‘Roy Moore, D.A.’ signature of one alleged victim is likely false,” referring to the evidence presented by Beverly Young Nelson of a flirty Christmas note allegedly written by him in her year-book in 1977. I won’t stress all the people and allegations involved here, which can be further studied in a list of sources mentioned below, but the reason for Trump believing the signature was forged, was because of Nelson telling ABC News that she had written some of the note, which created speculation of whether she had forged the whole thing or not. She assured the network’s Tom Llamas, however, that “he did sign it.”
The Daily Beast claimed, “experts disagree” on the signature being forged, referring to an article by NBC News with the literal title of “Roy Moore says signature is a forgery, experts say more evidence is needed either way.” The change in meaning here should be self-evident. The experts stressed that many factors were important to consider, and that one’s signature can change dramatically over 40 years, and thus it being difficult to prove or disprove. One can thus not say that “the experts disagree,” when they say, “more evidence is needed.”

However, a point Trump mentioned seems even more noteworthy: “Forty years is a long time. He’s run eight races and this has never came [sic (error by The Daily Beast, not Trump)] up,” when asked about the credibility of the accusers. This is an important contribution to this inquiry. Why didn’t they come out sooner? Were they paid to keep quiet like with Harvey Weinstein? Why wouldn’t they come out during some of these other races, where they also saw their aggressor gaining political influence? These are all important questions raised as follows by Trump’s point, and there may be multiple reasons, but nine different such allegations have either way become a big problem for Moore’s political future, whether he becomes the senator of Alabama on 12th December, or loses due to the exposés.

Following Al-Franken’s resignation, and Moore not stepping down from the Alabama Senate race, debate has lighted up on whether this is a partisan matter. Whether Al-Franken’s resignation and Moore’s not stepping down is a sign of acceptance of this behavior on the Republican side, but not on the Democrat side. This view is perhaps most notably illustrated in Newsday’ Matt Davis’s cartoon called “Congressional Sexual Abusers,” showing an entrance representing the GOP endorsing Moore and a backdoor marked “Exit” which represent the Democrats. As mentioned earlier, however, Moore does not have the full support of the party, and many Republicans have withdrawn their endorsement from him. The reasons for Trump, and a few other remaining Republicans, still “endorsing” Moore is because of an extra Republican vote in Congress, and that he, to them, seem to be the lesser of two evils. It must be stated that sexual assault exposés seem to be a bipartisan problem, that it is something both parties suffer from having these kinds of people in them. Rather than pulling up statistics “proving” one party’s superior morality over the other, I’d rather just advocate the truth coming out duly, and that the truth may be judged in the fairest way one may be able.

On Allegations Against Roy Moore
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Moore_sexual_misconduct_allegations
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/nov/15/roy-moore-allegations-alabama-high-school-student
https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/woman-says-roy-moore-initiated-sexual-encounter-when-she-was-14-he-was-32/2017/11/09/1f495878-c293-11e7-afe9-4f60b5a6c4a0_story.html?utm_term=.52f5dd4e28a2
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/11/16/politics/roy-moore-statement/index.html
On Allegations Against Al-Franken
http://abcnews.go.com/US/sen-al-frankens-accusers-accusations-made/story?id=51406862
https://www.vox.com/2017/12/7/16746564/al-franken-sexual-misconduct-allegations
http://www.newsweek.com/senator-al-franken-resignation-every-sexual-misconduct-allegation-740956
https://www.axios.com/list-of-allegations-against-al-franken-2515645150.html