Trump supporter Ed Martin on Wednesday tried to lay doubts about Roy Moore’s accusers by noting that, unlike other prominent lawmakers accused of sexual misconduct, Moore had so far admitted no wrongdoing.
Martin began his argument by claiming that he had no reason to not believe Moore’s accusers — before seguing to saying that Moore deserved the benefit of the doubt because he issued a blanket denial about all of his accusers.
“I also know Roy Moore a little bit, he has said he didn’t do it,” he said. “Franken confessed to it. Conyers confessed to it.”
CNN’s Poppy Harlow interjected to say that, in fact, Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) had not confessed to any of the allegations brought against him. Martin then apologized and said that Conyers should thus get the benefit of the doubt.
“But other people who said they didn’t do it, like the president and Roy Moore, they have to have a certain sort of credibility,” he went on. “And their credibility goes up with the public when they see that — people call Roy Moore a child molester on TV… that’s not fair!”
Democrat Krish Vignarajah, who is running to be governor in Maryland, slammed Martin’s standard that men should gain “credibility” in sexual harassment cases if they simply deny all allegations made against them.
“I think that this is the bigger problem, right?” she said of Martin’s belief that Moore is more credible because of his blanket denial. “Which is, when women come out and they share these stories that are incredibly painful to share in the public eye, for our president to weigh in, he’s obviously taking a side. And I think it speaks to a bigger problem, which is, what happens when you don’t have women in leadership.”
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