Appearing on MSNBC Monday morning, the president of a Christian advocacy organization launched a full-throated — and frantic — defense of embattled U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, blaming accusations that hr stalked teen girls on “fake news” and the national media who have spoken with his victims.
Speaking with host Ali Velshi and Stephanie Ruhle, Faith2Action’s Janet Porter claimed that it was unlikely that Moore was involved in any sexual assaults because she has known him for 20 years and that he is a “good man.”
“I know the man that is good, who has a character of impeccable values,” the Ohio-based Porter proclaimed. “He is godly and that’s just not something you can fake every single day for 40 years in a row. It just can’t be done.”
Co-host Ruhle immediately stepped in to correct the record.
“That’s not necessarily true,” Ruhle admonished Porter. “There are a lot of people in history who have claimed to be men of the cloth, faith leaders, and turned out to be scam artists. I’m not saying Roy Moore is, but we can’t say you can’t fake it for 20 years because people have.”
“Well, let’s look at the evidence. Not only do we have this man of impeccable character, 40 years without a rumor of anything possibly going wrong with his behavior, but –,” Porter parried only to be cut off by Ruhle.
“That’s not true, there are definitely rumors,” the MSNBC host explained to her. “This is a man who was removed from the bench twice, so you can’t say impeccable.”
“Well he was removed from the bench for standing for the Ten Commandments,” Porter attempted. “It’d be a good thing if they were still in place. People would see things like ‘thou shall not bear false witness.’That would be a good thing right now.”
“He was removed for breaking the law,” host Velshi informed her.
“He was removed from the bench for standing for religious liberty, but let’s get to the case,” she claimed as she tried to change the subject.
“We have a separation of church and state,” Ruhle shot back only for Porter to claim, “We have the freedom of religion, not from religion.”
She then launched into rant, dismissing claims of Moore’s victims, blaming them on the “Washington Post-driven, baseless allegations without evidence on the eve of an election,” where it spiraled out of control as she continued to attack the victims’ truthfulness.
Watch the video below via MSNBC: