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Breitbart editor embarrasses himself comparing Roy Moore to Ringo Starr song

The remaining defenders of Senate candidate and accused serial pedophile Roy Moore are twisting themselves into pretzels to explain away the overwhelming evidence of his vile predatory behavior. But the far-right commentators at Steve Bannon’s Breitbart are taking their best shot. Breitbart editor Joel B. Pollak gave the one of the most bizarre Moore defenses […]

By Matthew Chapman - November 27, 2017
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Breitbart senior editor Joel Pollak

The remaining defenders of Senate candidate and accused serial pedophile Roy Moore are twisting themselves into pretzels to explain away the overwhelming evidence of his vile predatory behavior.

But the far-right commentators at Steve Bannon’s Breitbart are taking their best shot.

Breitbart editor Joel B. Pollak gave the one of the most bizarre Moore defenses yet on CNN’s “New Day” with Chris Cuomo, by comparing Moore’s infamous preying on teenage girls to a song recorded by former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr:

POLLAK: You know, in 1973, Ringo Starr hit #1 on the billboard charts with the song “You’re Sixteen, You’re Beautiful, and You’re Mine,” and it was a remake of an earlier song. He was thirty-something at the time, singing about a 16 year old. You want to take away Ringo Starr’s—

CUOMO: You can’t be serious. You can’t be serious.

POLLAK: You can’t be serious, you’re talking about—

CUOMO: I’m dead serious. You think that Ringo Starr’s song is supposed to be a nod towards allowing 30-year-old men to prey on teenagers? You don’t believe that, Joel. You’re a parent. You don’t believe that.

POLLAK: You’re also a parent, and you know that when you raise sons, the risk that our sons face today is that they’re going to be exposed to accusations that may or may not be true. And that’s a new thing. You talk about raising daughters, you always worry about your daughters, the kind of risks they’re going to face. But what our sons have to worry about is what you’re talking about, where you’re lumping in allegations of illegal behavior with legal conduct, and it’s part of a campaign of character assassination—

CUOMO: Or character appraisal. Character appraisal. It’s not one woman who came out and said something that’s a little bit sketchy, you’ve gotta vet all accusations. This is different. You’ve got numbers and you’ve got degree.

Pollak has repeatedly made outrageous statements about the Moore allegations, at one point arguing on MSNBC that it was OK for Moore to prey on teenage girls because he was single at the time.

Ringo Starr is not the only person Moore’s defenders have compared him too. Alabama state auditor Jim Zeigler asserted Moore’s sexual pursuit of teenage girls was no different from the story of Mary, Joseph, and Jesus.

“Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter,” he said. “They became parents of Jesus.” That ludicrous defense utterly contradicts the biblical telling of the virgin birth, in which Joseph very explicitly did not have sex with “teenager” Mary.

There seems to be no argument too preposterous for Moore’s supporters to use against the overwhelming evidence of his depraved behavior. Pollak’s comparison proves shows how little regard he has for the women who were victimized — and how desperate he is to overlook child molestation in defense of his agenda.


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