Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate Roy Moore gave a stirring Veterans Day speech and addressed allegations published by the Washington Post.
Watch Judge Moore’s full speech courtesy of Right Side Broadcasting Network:
Breitbart in a column titled “Multiple Standing Ovations for Judge Roy Moore as He Hammers Washington Post Smears at Veterans Day Event” reports:
VESTAVIA HILLS, Alabama — Judge Roy Moore, the GOP nominee for the U.S. Senate here in Alabama, received a standing ovation from veterans and Republican supporters here at a public library at his first public event since the Washington Post smeared him earlier this week.
Moore’s condemnation of the Post came towards the end of a nearly 30-minute rousing speech honoring veterans and standing up for the principles of the United States just outside Birmingham here on Saturday morning.
“Now I want to address something that some people have come here to hear about,” Moore said in front 50 or so supporters, turning his attention to the giant pack of media who came to Alabama to report on this. “Shortly after becoming the Republican nominee for the United States Senate, the Washington Post began an attack on the Foundation for Moral Law, on my wife, and on me. For weeks, we read about my salary which they distorted, about taxes where they said we were paid money we never got. But we endured that.”
“Later, they came out and endorsed my opponent in this race,” he continued. “Just two days ago, the Washington Post published yet another attack on my character and reputation in a desperate attempt to stop my political campaign for the United States Senate. These attacks about a minor are completely false and untrue about something that happened nearly 40 years ago. But more than being completely false and untrue, they are very hurtful to me personally.”
“I’ve been married to my wife Kayla for nearly 33 years. We have four children. I have one daughter, and I have five granddaughters. I have the highest regard for the protection of young children,” Moore explained. “When I returned to Gadsen 40 years ago after military service, I went to work for the office of the District Attorney. As a student of the law, I have served in public office off and on for the last 40 years. To be attacked for allegations of sexual misconduct contradicts my entire career in law.”
“I wanted to make it clear to the media present and the people present, I have not provided alcoholic beverages—beer or anything else—to a minor. I have not been guilty of sexual misconduct with anyone,” he declared. “These allegations came only four and a half weeks before the general election on Dec. 12. Why now?”
CNN’s political reporter Eric Levenson found that Judge Roy Moore’s support remains rock solid in Alabama. Levenson interviewed a number of Moore supporters. In his column titled “Why Roy Moore supporters are standing by him, in their own words” Levenson provided the following quotes:
Mike Allison, pastor of Madison Baptist Church, said he knows Moore as “a man of integrity,” he told CNN.
“I don’t even believe the allegations. There’s lots of fake news going around these days,” he said. “They’re allegations. How can he even defend himself against 40-year-old allegations? You used to be innocent until proven guilty.”
“I support him now more than ever,” he said.
“I’ve known him my whole life and I’ve never known him to do anything inappropriate,” said the Rev. Jamie Holcomb, of Young’s Chapel Congregational Methodist Church.
He said that he’d need to see more proof before he changed his mind.
“I stand behind him 100%, unless there’s proof,” he said
NBC New’s Adam Edelman in a column titled “In Alabama, Republican Voters Stand by Roy Moore” writes:
Of more than 15 Republican voters in Alabama interviewed by NBC News, none said their support for Moore would change.
Most said they didn’t believe the allegations and some said even if they are true, that wouldn’t sway their vote for him next month because they think Moore is a good man, should be forgiven and they could never bring themselves to vote for a Democrat anyway. Several attacked the media.
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Republican voters in Alabama said they love Moore’s penchant for political incorrectness — they like the same thing about President Donald Trump — and blame the media for Moore’s troubles.
Judge Roy Moore is gaining support from the Trump effect. Moore is plain spoken, not politically correct and the sworn enemy of the Washington, D.C. establishment.
All the ingredients that propelled Trump to the White House may very well propel Moore to the U.S. Senate.
EDITORS NOTE: The featured image of Judge Roy Moore taken on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015 is courtesy of AP/Brynn Anderson.