Is Roy Moore set to lose in Alabama?
It’s being dubbed as a test of how popular Donald Trump’s presidency really is. Whether the President’s endorsement of one of the most controversial candidates in recent memory can carry him through to victory later tonight.
Who is Roy Moore then? The Republican candidate for a senate seat, representing Alabama, is a former Supreme Court chief justice of Alabama. He was also removed from the post, twice, for violating judicial ethics.
According to The Guardian, On 9 November, the Washington Post published a story that alleged Moore had sexually assaulted one teenage girl and romantically pursued three others when he was in his 30s. In the following days, another accuser came forward to say Moore had sexually assaulted her as a teen. Other women claimed Moore pursued them – one even said Moore summoned her from a high school trigonometry class to ask her on a date.
The reason he was first removed from his position as a state judge was that he refused to obey federal and state court orders to remove a 5,280-pound stone monument of the Ten Commandments, which had been placed on state property.
He was then removed again in 2016 after telling probate judges not to follow the US Supreme Court's ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. According to CNN, Moore declared at the time that the complaint against him that led to his ouster was "a politically motivated effort by radical homosexual and transgender groups to remove me as chief justice of the Supreme Court because of outspoken opposition to their immoral agenda."
Moore has a pretty poor reputation when it comes to his stance on same-sex marriage and Trans rights, too. In 2005, Moore said in a radio interview that "homosexual conduct should be illegal" and that homosexuality is "the same thing" as bestiality.
Moore has also repeatedly appeared on a radio program hosted by a controversial pastor who has preached the death penalty for homosexuality. He has also made his opposition to transgender rights the focus point of this campaign, telling supporters that he openly opposes rights for people of Tran’s backgrounds, saying they have no right to change their sex or gender.
Far from happy that he’s a homophobe and a transphobe, Moore decided that he wanted to tick every box on the current ‘old white Republican’ bigotry bingo card, and, in 2009, remarked to a socially conservative organization that "the only thing I know that the Islamic faith has done in this country is 9/11."
There are more than a few in the US and UK hoping that Moore is beaten tonight in Alabama, as a peddler of hate and division, an alleged paedophile and outright racist, Moore has done little to endear himself to anybody except white, straight Alabama voters but, then, in Trump’s America who can blame him?
A country that can vote in Donald Trump as its president may go some small way to redeeming itself by telling Roy Moore that his brand of racist, homophobic, transphobic, islamophobic, misogynistic politics can’t be used to control them.