Pastor Flip Benham, an anti-abortion advocate who appeared with disgraced former judge and GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore at a press conference last week, defended Moore for pursuing “younger ladies,” suggesting Monday during an Alabama radio show that there was nothing wrong with dating younger women as long as you do so with their parents’ permission.
“The lady that he’s married to now, Ms. Kayla, is a younger woman. He did that because there is something about a purity of a young woman, there is something that is good, that’s true, that’s straight and he looked for that,” Benham said in an interview with radio hosts Matt Murphy and Andrea Lindenberg.
Moore initially told conservative radio host Sean Hannity that he “generally didn’t” date teenage girls, adding that he never dated girls without their parents’ approval.
Moore has denied allegations that he initiated sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl in 1979 when he was 32.
Benham argued that when Moore returned home from Vietnam, many of the women his age were already married. The pastor finds nothing wrong with him dating younger women with parental permission.
“Judge Roy Moore graduated from West Point and then went on into the service, served in Vietnam and then came back and was in law school. All of the ladies, or many of the ladies that he possibly could have married were not available then, they were already married, maybe, somewhere. So he looked in a different direction and always with the [permission of the] parents of younger ladies.
On Tuesday, President Trump appeared to throw his support behind Moore despite the sexual misconduct allegations from multiple women and the pulling of endorsements from numerous Republican officials.
“We don’t need a liberal person in there, a Democrat,” Trump told reporters.