Republican Senate candidate accused of sexual assault against a 14-year-old
Roy Moore is the controversial Republican nominee for a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama. If you've never heard of him before, here's a few of his greatest hits:
He called Islam a "fake religion," and suggested Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, shouldn’t be allowed to serve. He said "homosexual conduct should be illegal" and is "the same thing as bestiality." He was kicked off the Alabama Supreme Court twice, once for refusing to remove a "Ten Commandments" monument from a judicial building, and once for ordering Alabama judges not to recognize same-sex marriages. He was a leading voice in the birther movement, claiming President Barack Obama was not born in the United States. He said there's "no such thing as evolution." He said "the transgenders don't have rights." He said 9/11 was "punishment from God" for "legitimizing sodomy and abortion." In a campaign speech, he called Asian people "yellows" and Native American people "reds." He wrote a poem called "America, the Beautiful," about "babies piled in dumpsters, abortion on demand."
It is outrageous that this man is a candidate for any type of office. He sounds like a lunatic yelling at clouds at the bus stop more than a statesman of any kind. Yet somehow, his crazy comments haven't sank his campaign. In September, the conservative extremist beat the appointed senator, Luther Strange, in the Republican primary. Now he's facing off against the Democratic nominee, Doug Jones, for the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions - and is winning by double digits! However, a new scandal just might be Moore's undoing: an alleged sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32 (What a great Christian).
In a Washington Post piece, Leigh Corfman, 53, shared her story. It all started in 1979, when she was 14 years old, waiting with her mother on a bench outside a courtroom in Alabama. Roy Moore - then, a 32-year-old district attorney - walked up to them and introduced himself. Corfman’s mother, Nancy Wells, 71, says Roy offered to watch her daughter while she went inside for a custody hearing:
“He said, ‘Oh, you don’t want her to go in there and hear all that. I’ll stay out here with her.' I thought, how nice for him to want to take care of my little girl.”
But Moore's intentions weren't so innocent. When Wells went inside, Moore and Corfman chatted. He asked for her phone number. She gave it to him. One day he called her and asked if she wanted to hang out. She said yes. He picked her up. She thought they were going out to eat. They were not. They drove thirty minutes out of town, to his house in the woods. (How romantic). Yes, it seems like a terrible decision, but Corfman says her only romantic experience was kissing boys her age. She was flattered by getting attention from an older man.
“He was charming and smiley.
I was kind of giddy, excited, you know? An older guy, you know?
I remember the further I got from my house, the more nervous I got."
Once inside, the future "Ten Commandments Judge" told Corfman how pretty she was. He put his arm around her and kissed her. She felt nervous, getting second thoughts, and asked him to take her home. He did. Unfortunately, the story doesn't end there. Days later, Moore called her again, picked her up at the same corner, and brought her back to his creepy house in the woods. Again, it seems like a terrible decision, but remember, she was only 14.
“This was a new experience, and it was exciting and fun and scary. It was just like this roller-coaster ride you’ve not been on.”
For date two, things escalated, and spoiler alert: It's about to get gross. Corfman laid down on a blanket, while Moore changed into something more comfortable: "tight white underwear." Then the outstanding moral Christian kissed her, took off her clothes, and groped her through her bra and panties and guided her hand to his own underwear.
“I wasn’t ready for that — I had never put my hand on a man’s penis, much less an erect one.
Thankfully, it didn't go any farther.
“I wanted it over with — I wanted out. Please just get this over with. Whatever this is, just get it over.”
Once again, Corfman said she was uncomfortable, and wanted to leave. Once again, Moore drove her back home. When Moore called her again, she made excuses so she didn't have to see him. She told a couple friends she had been seeing an older man (and today those friends corroborate her story). But Corfman never filed a police report. She kept it a secret.
“I felt responsible. I felt like I had done something bad. And it kind of set the course for me doing other things that were bad.
There is no one [in this town] that doesn’t know that I’m not an angel."
Years later, she thought about confronting Moore, but didn't want to expose her children to the scandal. Also, she had her own trials and tribulations to worry about, including three divorces and severe financial problems. She worried if she spoke out, she might lack credibility. But the incident haunted her - one time, she saw Moore being interviewed on a morning talk show, and threw up.
It won't surprise you to hear that Moore called Corfman's story "fake news," and denied all allegations:
"These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign.
After over 40 years of public service, if any of these allegations were true, they would have been made public long before now.
"This garbage is the very definition of fake news and intentional defamation."
It's strange Moore called this an attack from the Democratic party, since Corfman voted for Republicans in the past three presidential elections (including Donald Trump). I guess she's a double agent? Well played, Corfman. Well played.
It's also pretty strange that a guy who acts so morally superior has been accused by so many women of sexual misconduct. That's right - Leigh Corfman's not the only victim. Three other women have come forward, saying Roy Moore pursued them when he was in his 30's, and they were between the ages of 16 and 18. (But yeah, Judge, it's the gays that are perverted, right?)
However, the strangest thing of all is that this guy is a legitimate candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2017. Hopefully the Republicans give him the boot, and nominate someone more respectable, like a sentient outhouse, Ramsey Bolton or Lord Voldemort.