Alabama Senate Race Could Pit Jeff Sessions Against Roy Moore

Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore is back and running for U.S. Senate - again.
Roy Moore

Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore is back and running for U.S. Senate – again.

And the Republican Party is not happy. Even Donald Trump, who like Moore has his own issues with allegations of sexual misconduct, is against another Moore candidacy.

But Moore told NBC News on Friday, “I think the president’s being influenced by other people up there — the establishment.”

Multiple other Republican candidates have announced their own bids for the state’s Republican nomination to take on Jones in 2020. Moore told NBC News: “If people want them, they’ll elect them. But I have a strong base here. And they’ll elect me.”

He said the potential addition of Jeff Sessions, who served as senator from Alabama prior to being tapped as Trump’s first attorney general, would not lead him to exit the race.

“I don’t step aside for anybody when I’m running,” Moore said, adding: “I love Jeff Sessions. He’s a friend. I respect him. If he wants to get in the race, let him get in the race. I don’t have any problem with it.”

Tweet Of The Day

Priceless.

Former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore has announced he will run for the U.S. Senate again in 2020 and his spokesperson, Ted Crockett, chatted with CNN’s Jake Tapper about some of Moore’s controversial positions.

Among those – Moore’s belief that Muslims can’t serve in Congress (they can) because they can’t swear on a bible when being sworn in.

The law is that you can put your hand on anything when being sworn into office – a Christian bible, a Jewish bible, or a Quran (Muslim bible).

Check Crockett’s reaction when he gets schooled by Jake Tapper.

News Round-Up: June 20, 2019

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Some news items you might have missed:

• InstaHunks Rick and the Griffopotamus (above) trying to a-peel to folks’ animal nature. #ItsWorking

• Despite 7 Tony nominations, the LGBTQ-themed Broadway musical The Prom will close August 11, but will live on in a small screen version for Netflix produced by Ryan Murphy.

• New York state lawmakers have banned defendants from citing a victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity (known as ‘gay panic’ or ‘trans panic’ defenses) to justify their crime. New York becomes the 7th state in the country to prohibit the legal defense.

• Two students have been indefinitely suspended from the Kearns High School football team for a social media post showing a Pride flag being burned and threatening LGBTQ people saying, “All gays die.”

• Alabama’s former state Supreme Court Justice, the virulently anti-LGBTQ Roy Moore, has announced he will make another run for U.S. Senate in 2020. (and Republicans are NOT happy about it).

RuPaul’s Drag Race champs, Bob the Drag Queen and Trixie Mattel, are featured in JetBlue’s new Pride month ad serving up sassy fun as they deliver pre-flight instructions.

It’s worth noting that not only did JetBlue engage the drag stars for the video, but the airline scored a 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index.

Roy Moore’s Jewish Attorney Is Longtime Friend/Supporter Of Opponent Doug Jones

Republican Roy Moore (L) and Democrat Doug Jones (R)

Well, this is just delicious!

Last month, on the eve of the Alabama election to replace the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, Republican candidate Roy Moore watched his wife tell a crowd that rumors of the Moores being anti-Semitic were untrue because “One of our attorneys is a Jew!”

That lawyer, Richard Jaffe, was hired to defend the Moore’s son against drug charges in 2016.

It turns out Jaffe is a longtime friend and supporter of the Democrat in that race, Doug Jones.

As we all know now, Jones won that election.

From The Washington Examiner:

Jaffe told the Washington Examiner he has been close personal friends with Doug Jones for more than 30 years and he both contributed to, and raised money for, his campaign.

“There could not be a more passionate supporter of Doug than me!” Jaffe said.

The Birmingham-based lawyer walked alongside Jones as he took center stage to deliver his acceptance speech and plans to be in the Senate gallery on Wednesday as Jones is sworn in.

(h/t JoeMyGod)

Alabama: Sore Loser Roy Moore Tries To Stop Certification Of His Lost Election

Roy Moore

Failed Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore still refuses to concede he lost the U.S. Senate election in Alabama to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions to Democrat Doug Jones.

In what looks to be a lame ‘hail Mary’ attempt to stop Doug Jones from being seated, Moore has filed a complaint with the Alabama State Canvassing Board intended to stop the certification of Jones’ victory.

From NBC News:

The Moore campaign filed a complaint late Wednesday night in state circuit court in Montgomery, the state capital, seeking a temporary restraining order to postpone the certification, alleging “potential election fraud that improperly altered the outcome of this election.”

“This is not a Republican or Democrat issue as election integrity should matter to everyone,” Moore said in a statement released by the campaign.

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill told The Associated Press on Wednesday evening that he has no intention of delaying the canvassing board meeting.

“It is not going to delay certification and Doug Jones will be certified (Thursday) at 1 p.m. and he will be sworn in by Vice President Pence on the third of January,” Merrill said.

Moore’s statement gives few details of the purported irregularities, which it says were substantiated “with a reasonable degree of statistical and mathematical certainty” by three election experts.

State officials say they have seen no evidence of voter fraud in the Alabama Senate race.

One of Moore’s “election experts” also says he has “mathematically proven” a vast conspiracy to assassinate President Kennedy. So, there you go…

Moore also included the results of a polygraph he claims “proves” none of the allegations of sexual misconduct are true.

#WhatEverHappenedToClass?

CNN spoke to Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill this morning who says Moore’s last-minute shenanigans won’t stop his office from certifying the results of the election.

Watch below.

Alabama: Roy Moore Still Has Not Conceded Senate Race

Roy Moore

Failed Alabama Republican candidate Roy Moore still has not conceded the race for U.S. Senate despite a huge 20,000 vote deficit.

Moore is hanging his hopes on overseas military ballots and additional provisional votes cast the day of the election.

But according to Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, only 366 military ballots were returned and 4,967 provisional ballots were counted, nowhere near the thousands of votes he needs.

The anti-LGBT former judge has begged followers for $75,000 to establish an “Election Integrity Program” to prove there were over 20,000 cases of voter fraud in the election.

#SoreLoser

ELLEN: Alabama Peanut Farmer Who Protested Roy Moore On Behalf Of His Lesbian Daughter

Alabama peanut farmer Nathan Mathis, who criticized U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore this week for calling gays perverts, appeared on ELLEN today.

Mathis picketed outside Moore’s Midland City rally earlier this week with a sign which read:

Judge Roy Moore called my daughter Patti Sue Mathis (who committed suicide) a pervert because she was gay. A 32-year-old Roy Moore dated teenage girls aged 14 to 17. So that makes him a pervert of the worse kind.

In honor of Patti Sue, Ellen donated $25,000 to The Trevor Project which provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth, courtesy of Shutterfly.

I won’t spoil it for you, but Mathis is beyond touching in his honesty talking about his daughter as well as exceedingly charming in the way he expresses his world views.

Make sure you hit play below and watch. You’ll be very glad you did.

Roy Moore Campaign: You Can’t Serve In Congress As Muslim Because You Have To Be Sworn In With A Bible

Wait.

Seriously.

You’ve got to check out Roy Moore campaign spokesman Ted Crockett, who was left speechless when CNN’s Jake Tapper asked him about Alabama Republican Roy Moore’s claim that Muslims cannot serve in Congress because the oath of office requires swearing on a bible.

Jake Tapper: “You don’t actually have to swear on a Christian bible. You can swear on anything, really. The law is not that you do have to swear on a Christian bible. That is not the law. You don’t know that?”

Crockett: (pause, pause, pause….) “I know that Donald Trump did it when we made him president.”

Tapper: “Because he’s Christian and he picked it. That’s what he wanted to swear in on.”

Umm – freedom of religion? First Amendment?

Watch below.

And then there’s his response when asked if Roy Moore believes if homosexual conduct should be illegal. Watch below.

Congrats, Alabama! Here’s your team. This is classic ‘crash and burn’ stuff.