As the race for Alabama’s Senate enters into its final stretch, Roy Moore‘s opponent took off the gloves this Tuesday during a speech in Birmingham, directly addressing the numerous allegations of sexual assault that involved teenage girls while Moore was in his 30s.
Doug Jones, a former prosecutor who put KKK members in prison for the 1963 church bombing that killed 4 black girls, said: “I damn sure believe that I have done my part to ensure that men who hurt little girls should go to jail—and not to the United States Senate.”
He also took aim at Moore’s gun-toting cowboy persona, saying, “when you see me with a gun, I’ll be climbing in and out of a deer blind … not prancing around on a stage in a cowboy suit.”
Roy Moore won’t talk to the media, won’t talk to voters, won’t campaign, won’t debate, and couldn’t even handle me calling him embarrassing- he thinks he gets a free pass to the senate even with his disturbing history.#NoMoore pic.twitter.com/x4JKYdvLtz
— Doug Jones (@GDouglasJones) December 5, 2017
From Talking Points Memo:
Nine women have come forward to accuse Moore of inappropriate sexual actions, including one who was 16 when she says he violently sexually assaulted her and another who was 14 when she says he initiated a sexual encounter. Before those accusations, he was best known for getting thrown off the Alabama Supreme Court twice for failing to follow the rule of law — and for his hardline theocratic views that his interpretation of the Bible supersedes the Constitution and harsh anti-gay and anti-Muslim statements.
Jones’ speech marks a shift in tone for the Democrat who played it fairly safe in a campaign that’s unearthed disturbing details about Moore’s history.
Watch Jones’ comments below:
Doug Jones goes after it re: Roy Moore: "I damn sure believe and have done my part to ensure that men who hurt little girls should go to jail — and not to the U.S. Senate.” pic.twitter.com/BM7Oc7qsuf
— Slade (@Slade) December 5, 2017
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