Brandon Moseley, a writer at the Alabama Political Reporter and a staunch supporter of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, defended the candidate by comparing the sexual misconduct allegations against Moore to stealing a lawnmower.
Moseley argued the accusation detailed in a recent The Washington Post report, in which a woman claimed Moore made sexual advances on her in 1979 when she was 14 and he was 32, would only count as a misdemeanor in Alabama at the time.
“They’re 38-year-old allegations,” he argued. “This would be a misdemeanor at the time under the code of Alabama. The statute’s been up since ’86. If you go back and you don’t elect anyone who has ever done anything wrong, we wouldn’t have had Barack Obama — I think he did cocaine. Bill Clinton supposedly smoked marijuana.”
“Does that make it OK?” anchor Brooke Baldwin asked.
“No. But again, if, you know, Roy Moore had stolen a lawn mower when he was 21, that’s bad, but that’s not a reason, 50 years later, to all of a sudden, you know, throw him off the ballot or let Mitch McConnell pick the next senator of Alabama,” Moseley said.
“Sexual abuse, stealing a lawn mower,” Baldwin said, jokingly. “Let’s not even go there.”