While discussing reports alleging Alabama GOP senate candidate Roy Moore initiated sexual relations with teenagers as young as 14, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell noted these accusations are not so different than President Donald Trump’s own admitted actions.
“Donald Trump was the Roy Moore of beauty pageants,” said O’Donnell to Joy Reid this morning, referencing a Trump quote in which he admitted to peeping on naked teenage girls participating in the beauty pageants he operated. “Imagine if Roy Moore could’ve been in Donald Trump’s position — Roy Moore is working the high school civics class and Donald Trump gets to walk in when these high schools are dressing during a beauty pageant,” he added.
O’Donnell went on to make the case that Trump’s interest in young women/girls, admission of sexual assault, and numerous misconduct allegations have ushered in a new era in which politicians are not held accountable for their inappropriate actions.
“Up till the age of Trump, politicians did not get the presumption of innocence ever. That was restricted to courtrooms, so the benefit of the doubt never went to politicians… Do not believe politicians [was the status-quo],” said O’Donnell.
While it’s certainly true that Trump has been excused by many of his supporters for his alleged sexual misconduct, he isn’t the first accused politician to be treated in such a fashion, as Bill Clinton has been vindicated by most Democrats despite the numerous sexual assault and rape claims made against him. This segment, however, was about children.
Additionally, during the AM Joy segment, O’Donnell broke down Moore’s attempt to discredit these allegations while appearing on Sean Hannity’s show yesterday. “[Roy Moore] didn’t offer any real defense this morning,” said O’Donnell.
Sean Hannity clarified it to him for the first time in his life — that in Sean Hannity’s world, it is weird and inappropriate for a 32-year-old assistant district attorney to be dating [teenage girls], and Roy Moore had actually admitted to dating them in the interview before Sean told him ‘I don’t like that.’… He did recall dating them, he said, ‘I dated a lot of young ladies.’ He used every part of the Washington Post interview as fact to contradict the 14-year-old.”
O’Donnell added that Hannity acted as Moore’s “lawyer,” taking him into a commercial break “recess” and coaching him to say that a 32-year-old man should not date teenage girls.
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