Former FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday trolled President Trump on Twitter with a quote about “immorality” after Trump appeared to throw his support behind GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore despite the allegations of sexual misconduct against him.
“‘The essence of immorality is the tendency to make an exception of myself.’ Jane Addams (1860-1935)” Comey tweeted.
“The essence of immorality is the tendency to make an exception of myself.” Jane Addams (1860-1935)
— James Comey (@Comey) November 22, 2017
“We don’t need a liberal person in there, a Democrat,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Tuesday.
Trump also attacked Democrat Doug Jones on Tuesday, falsely claiming that the Alabama Senate candidate is “soft on crime” despite the fact that he made his name as a U.S. attorney in the late 1990s when he successfully prosecuted two members of the Ku Klux Klan for the notorious 1963 bombing of a Birmingham church that killed four black girls, reports the Washington Post.
The Post notes that the two men “were convicted in cases that drew national attention; Bobby Frank Cherry died in prison 2004; Thomas Blanton remains incarcerated on a life sentence.”
“I can tell you for a fact we do not need somebody that’s going to be bad on crime, bad on borders, bad with the military,” Trump told reporters while he appeared to tacitly endorse Republican candidate Roy Moore, who stands accused of sexual misconduct with teenage girls when he was in his 30s. “You don’t need somebody who’s soft on crime like Jones.”
Trump, commenting on Roy Moore sexual assault allegations: “You don’t need someone who’s soft on crime like [Doug] Jones.” pic.twitter.com/CdnZZhRTSh
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 21, 2017
“So Doug Jones, a lifelong prosecutor who convicted the monsters that murdered four little girls is ‘soft on crime,’ but Roy Moore, the district attorney alleged to have molested a child and sexually assaulted a 16yo is not?” tweeted MSNBC host Chris Hayes. “Got it.”
Hayes added: “Maybe when the president talks about ‘crime’ he’s not actually talking about crime, but something else entirely.”
So Doug Jones, a lifelong prosecutor who convicted the monsters that murdered four little girls is “soft on crime,” but Roy Moore, the district attorney alleged to have molested a child and sexually assaulted a 16yo is not.
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) November 21, 2017
“I guess Trump doesn’t care about that kind of crime, so he’s supporting a man who molested little girls,” wrote Renato Mariotti, a Democrat and a former federal prosecutor in Illinois.
Doug Jones prosecuted the KKK for bombing a church and killing four little black girls. I guess Trump doesn’t care about that kind of crime, so he’s supporting a man who molested little girls. https://t.co/iTb5zRv0vl
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) November 21, 2017
“Ironically, Jones had a tough on crime track record as US Atty in Birmingham & as a prosecutor before that, going after bomber Eric Rudolph, voting fraud, dirty cops & drug dealers,” wrote Joyce Alene, the U.S. attorney in Birmingham during the Obama administration. “Moore on the other hand, often sided with defendants,” she added, linking to a New York Times report that showed how Moore, as an Alabama Supreme Court judge, sided with those accused of sexual crimes or misconduct more than his colleagues and showed empathy for defendants in other cases.
Ironically, Jones had a tough on crime track record as US Atty in Birmingham & as a prosecutor before that, going after bomber Eric Rudolph, voting fraud, dirty cops & drug dealers. Moore on the other hand, often sided with defendants. https://t.co/uajcG2seuN https://t.co/LulYIw9ArL
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) November 21, 2017
The Post adds:
Others have pointed out Moore’s record of ignoring court orders as a judge, related to his infamous display of a statue of the Ten Commandments in a state building, as well as a decision as chief justice of the state in 2013 to reportedly direct probate judges to uphold the state’s same-sex marriage ban in defiance of a Supreme Court ruling.
Earlier this month, Jones called prosecuting the Klansmen “the most important thing I have done.”