If you thought Thanksgiving weekend might provide a break from politics, we regret to inform you that President Donald Trump has taken to Twitter again.
Every early morning has brought some bright new update from the Trump camp. He has kept the nation apprised of his golf game and his desire to be on the cover of TIME magazine. Today, the Lord's Day, President Trump tweeted about the Alabama Senate race. The special election to replace Jeff Sessions is just over two weeks away, and after some hemming and hawing, the POTUS has more clearly thrown his support behind the Republican contender, who has been accused again and again of pedophilia.
Seven women have come forward so far to say that candidate Roy Moore, a former chief of the Alabama Supreme Court who was suspended in 2016 for defying the U.S. Constitution, pursued them when they were in high school. Trump tentatively endorsed Moore a few days ago by way of dismissing the pedophilia accusations. "He says it didn't happen. And you know, you have to listen to him also," Trump said. This morning, he gave a more full-throated endorsement to Moore by decrying his opponent, Doug Jones, hereafter known as Liberal Jones.
It's hard to choose the most ridiculous or appalling aspect of this endorsement: Jones is plenty tough on crime, for example, as he is most famous for his successful prosecution of two Ku Klux Klan murderers. Trump could try to be less transparent in his thirst to have anyone in office—even a child molester—support his tax plan. But it's enough to be disgusted that he's officially going hard behind Roy Moore.
Disgusting, but not altogether surprising. The New York Times reported just yesterday that there might be another reason the president of the United States is quick to dismiss the many accusations against Moore—Trump likens the women coming after Moore to the women who came after him during his election last year. He doesn't believe them, either. He is now saying the Access Hollywood tape is not "authentic."
Yes, the President of the United States is telling his colleagues that the Access Hollywood tape, which anyone can and everyone should listen to right this second, isn't real. His clearly recorded voice saying, "And when you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab 'em by the pussy. You can do anything," isn't really him.
"Forty years is a long time," Trump said earlier this week about the Moore allegations. The Republican contender "has run eight races and this has never come up."
The Alabama election will be held on December 12.