On Friday, GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore went on conservative host Sean Hannity’s radio show to set the record straight about his alleged inappropriate relationships with multiple teenagers (one of whom was 14) while in his 30’s.
“These allegations are completely false and misleading,” Moore said. “But more than that it hurts me personally because, you know, I’m a father, I have one daughter, I have five granddaughters and that’s a concern for young ladies.”
Moore claimed he never met Leigh Corfman, the woman who said she had sexual contact with him when she was 14.
“With regard to the other girls, you understand this is 40 years ago after my return from the military, I dated a lot of young ladies,” he said, responding to claims made by other women. He went on to say he does recognize the names of two of the women, Debbie Wesson Gibson and Gloria Thacker Deason, whose maiden names he remembered.
As journalists on Twitter noted, Moore’s story seemed to change multiple times — he claimed both that he never dated girls even in their “late teens” but also that he never dated any girls without the permission of their mothers.
“You don’t specifically remember having a girlfriend that was in her late teens even at that time?” Hannity asked him.
“I don’t remember that and I don’t remember ever dating any girl without the permission of her mother,” Moore responded.
Later in the interview, he said he never engaged in any sexual relationships with the girls, and that they were wholly appropriate.
“Obviously, we never had any sexual activity, there was never anything like that, and the behavior was altogether appropriate,” the former Alabama Supreme Court Justice said.
But later still, as The Guardian‘s Ben Jacobs noted, Moore completely denied ever dating any teenaged girls.
Roy Moore now absolutely denies dating women in their teens after hedging earlier
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) November 10, 2017
You can listen to Moore’s contradict himself on whether or not he dated or had sexual contact with teens while in his 30’s below.
Arkansas church vows to continue services: ‘Jesus died with COVID-19 so that you didn’t have to bear it’
An Arkansas church intends to hold church services despite recommendations from state officials to limit gatherings as part of the fight against the coronavirus.
Awaken Church, in Jonesboro, vowed in a Facebook post to continue holding services in defiance of a Health Department directive banning gatherings of 10 or more, and after churches in other parts of the country were the source of community outbreaks, reported Newsweek.
Trump’s path to re-election ‘smashed to splinters’ as his only achievement is swallowed up by the pandemic: report
In a piece for Politico, Ben White writes that Donald Trump was going into November's election with only one achievement under his belt -- a healthy economy -- and now he has nothing left to run if he wants to be re-elected.
With all of the gains made in the stock market long gone due to the coronavirus pandemic and the collapse of oil prices, White claims that the president's campaign strategy lies in tatters.
"The fundamental pillars of Donald Trump’s presidency — a hot economy, strong job growth and a rocking stock market — are all being smashed to splinters by the ravaging coronavirus, which has shuttered much of the nation and now officially ended a streak of 113 months of job gains dating back to the end of the Great Recession a decade ago," he wrote before noting the explosion of unemployment claims -- over ten million so far -- that has the country reeling.
Top South Dakota Republicans face investigation for appearing to be drunk during crucial coronavirus session
Lawmakers in South Dakota are investigating whether or not Senate Majority Leader Kris Langer (R) was drunk during a meeting earlier this week -- a meeting that dealt with new legislation regarding the coronavirus outbreak, the Rapid City Journal reports.
Another South Dakota Republican, Brock Greenfield, is also under investigation for his conduct during the meeting.
"Langer and Greenfield oversaw the Senate proceedings from a conference room in the Capitol as lawmakers convened through teleconference to decide on a series of emergency bills for the coronavirus outbreak," the Journal reports. "As the Senate prepared to adjourn Tuesday morning, Sen. Phil Jensen, a Rapid City Republican, said he had heard Langer was intoxicated and had interrupted meetings in the House and Senate. He then attempted to move to create a disciplinary committee."