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"Like a scene out of 'Dumb and Dumber.'" Shareblue writer nails Breitbart's Alabama meltdown

The deepening sexual abuse and child molestation scandal surrounding Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore has made one thing quite clear: We are not dealing with a “normal” Republican Party. As Shareblue Media Senior Writer Eric Boehlert noted to MSNBC’s Joy Reid, this is made painfully evident by the refusal of much of the right […]

By Alison R. Parker - November 19, 2017
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We are not dealing with a “normal” Republican Party.

As Shareblue Media Senior Writer Eric Boehlert noted to MSNBC’s Joy Reid, this is made painfully evident by the refusal of much of the right wing to fully and unequivocally denounce and reject Moore’s candidacy.

Far too few on the right are willing to take that stance, even against a man facing multiple accusations of sexual predation against teenage girls. In fact, Alabama Republican Gov. Kay Ivey essentially said she’d rather have a child molester in the Senate than a Democrat.

Indeed, the GOP — including Moore himself — along with Steve Bannon and Breitbart, and Fox News host Sean Hannity, are “all in this together.”

As Boehlert put it, Breitbart sending goons down to Alabama to “debunk” the account from one of the women is “like a scene out of ‘Dumb and Dumber.'”

And Hannity — who is rapidly losing advertisers and being beaten in the ratings department by Rachel Maddow — has been essentially “having a nervous breakdown on Twitter” over the whole issue.

Indeed, the state of things in the Republican Party is decidedly bleak.

“It’s turned out to be a fiasco this week,” Boehlert noted, and “no one can get away from this.”

“If this was a normal Republican Party, if this was a normal right wing media,” he continued, they would have told Moore he had to go.

But they’re not normal, and they’re not able to make what ought to be that very simple and obvious choice.

“Because it’s just base tribalism. It’s political rot at this point,” Boehlert declared.

REID: Do you find it interesting that people like Roy Moore decide to adopt the language of Steve Bannon when responding to, I don’t know, charges of child molestation?

BOEHLERT: Yeah, I mean, they’re all in this together, and it’s turned out to be a fiasco this week. I mean, Breitbart sent two reporters down to Alabama, like a scene out of ‘Dumb and Dumber,’ right? They were going to debunk the Washington Post’s story. When they got there, I think five more women came forward with very credible allegations. Sean Hannity is having a nervous breakdown on Twitter this morning, as we speak, over this whole thing. He’s losing advertisers, and he’s also losing viewers. People might not have noticed: Rachel Maddow at 9:00, after the Moore story broke, started beating Sean Hannity every night. His viewers are depressed about this story, they don’t want to hear about Republicans and child molestation allegations.

And then we’ve got Steve Bannon who, Roy Moore was his poster boy, right? He said he was going to go find dozens of Roy Moores and put them up against challengers all across the Republican Party. So this is a fiasco for him, this is a joke for him. Look, no one can get away from this. If this was a normal Republican Party, if this was a normal right wing media, two or three people on Fox News would have said to Roy Moore, ‘You know what, this doesn’t look good. You need to get out, this is bad for the Republican Party.’ But they can’t get away from this because it’s just base tribalism. It’s political rot at this point.

The fact that so many in the Republican Party care more about getting their tax cuts for millionaires than they do about victims of child molestation is pretty much all anyone needs to know to see that this is indeed not a “normal” political party.

The White House appallingly claimed that Moore would have to be convicted in “a court of law” in order for Donald Trump to withdraw his endorsement — though perhaps that comes as no surprise from a man accused of sexual abuse by no fewer than 16 women.

But even in deep red Alabama, the voters are increasingly disgusted with the whole situation, and are doing the GOP’s work of rejecting Moore on their own.


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