Roy Moore said there’s no way he’ll drop out of the Alabama senate race even as he’s hemorrhaging support from Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
“Dear Mitch McConnell,” Moore tweeted. “Bring. It. On.”
Moore was responding to McConnell’s suggestion that he exit the race amid sexual misconduct allegations that surfaced in the past two weeks. McConnell told reporters he believes Moore’s accusers and said Moore should “step aside.”
On Twitter, Moore was mocked for his defiant message, with many joking that it invoked the 2000 teen comedy, “Bring It On.”
Chris Hansen, the executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, dryly noted: “Bring It On is a movie about high school cheerleaders.”
A National Review editor also chimed in the Twitter teasing:
Freudian slip? pic.twitter.com/rFeuDEV9un
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahDispatch) November 16, 2017
It’s unlikely that Roy Moore, 70, was referencing a teen comedy with his tweet, especially since “bring it on” is a phrase many people use and was coined long before the movie was released.
In 2001, the comedy “Not Another Teen Movie” parodied the film “Bring It On” (see video).
All jokes aside, Moore’s candidacy is in serious trouble. Many Republican senators have rescinded their endorsements as sexual-misconduct accusations against the former Alabama judge pile up.
Moore has vehemently denied accusations that he hit on a 14-year-old girl in 1979, when he was 32. His attorneys claim the allegations are politically motivated.
Moore’s supporters point out that the bombshell allegations conveniently surfaced during the past two weeks — right before the Alabama special election, which is set for December 12. Moore is running against Democrat Doug Jones in the special election for the U.S. senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
President Donald Trump has not commented on the Moore scandal. In the Alabama GOP primary run-off, Trump supported Moore’s Republican rival, Luther Strange.
Fox News host Sean Hannity — who lost several sponsors for interviewing Moore on his show — said Moore’s fate will be decided by Alabama voters, not by pundits or political operatives pushing agendas.
“I’m very confident that when everything comes out, [Alabama voters] will make the best decision for their state,” Hannity said Wednesday (see video). “It shouldn’t be decided by me, by people on television, by Mitch McConnell, by Washington, talk show hosts, or news people.”
Hannity also said Moore’s accusers are welcome to come on his show if they want to air their grievances. “The accusers continue to have an open invitation to come on this show and share their story,” he said.
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