5 Major Advertisers Ditch Sean Hannity for Sticking up for Accused Pedophile Roy Moore (R)

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At least five companies have announced they will not advertise during Sean Hannity’s TV and radio shows following the host’s coverage of Alabama Senate candidate and accused pedophile Roy Moore.

Eloquii, a plus-size clothing retailer, was the first company to publicly distance themselves from the right-wing personality, followed by 23 and me, Nature’s Bounty, Keurig and Realtor.com. Representatives for the five companies, as well as Fox News, did not immediately return HuffPost’s requests for comment.

Hannity has come under fire in the last few days over his coverage of Moore, who was the subject of a bombshell Washington Post report Thursday detailing allegations that he had relationships and made sexual advances on teenagers while he was in his early 30s. In the most serious charge, a 14-year-old said he molested her.

The report has prompted some Republican lawmakers to call on Moore to step down as the party’s nominee in Alabama’s Dec. 12 Senate election. Moore has repeatedly denied the allegations of sexual misconduct, though one of his comments to Hannity raised questions. He said on Hannity’s radio show Friday that he “generally” didn’t date teens during the time of the allegations.

Hannity apologized to viewers during his TV show Thursday after backlash over comments he made during his radio show earlier that day that appeared to dub Moore’s alleged sexual assault of the 14-year-old as “consensual.”

What’s worse though is Moore still has his defenders in the White House:

A senior aide to President Trump said Sunday that Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore needs to be given time to defend himself against allegations that he pursued sexual or romantic relationships with teenage girls when he was in his 30s and that Trump would look more closely at the issue after returning from a trip to Asia.

“There’s no Senate seat more important than the notion of child pedophilia,” Marc Short, the White House director of legislative affairs, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I mean that’s reality. But having said that, he has not been proven guilty. We have to afford him the chance to defend himself.”

Short noted that Moore this week “plans to come forward with more evidence to support his innocence.”

Short was among several senior Trump administration officials who hedged their comments about the Republican Senate hopeful during appearances on Sunday talk shows. A Washington Post report last week detailed the stories of four women who said Moore had pursued relationships with them while they were teenagers and he was in his 30s, including one, Leigh Corfman, who said Moore undressed himself and touched her over her underwear when she was 14 and he was 32.

Moore has vigorously denied the allegations, calling them “fake news.”

In an interview on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday morning, White house counselor Kellyanne Conway emphasized that if Moore did what he is accused of doing, he should step aside from his campaign for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions (R) after he became Trump’s attorney general.

But Conway repeatedly declined to say whether she believed the accusations against Moore.

“Let me ask you again: Do you have any doubt about the veracity of the accusations?” ABC News host Martha Raddatz asked.

“Martha, I only know what I read,” Conway responded, “and I take very seriously allegations like this, particularly when they involved somebody who happens to be one of my daughter’s ages.”

Raddatz interrupted: “So you believe these …”

“I know what I read,” Conway said. “I don’t know the accusers, and I don’t know Judge Moore. But I also want to make sure that we as a nation are not always prosecuting people through the press. He has denied the allegations.”

And of course Moore still has supporters back home:

Moore, the Republican nominee in Alabama’s Senate special election, made his first campaign stop on Saturday since The Washington Post published the women’s accounts, including one by Leigh Corfman, who said that Moore undressed her and touched her over her underwear when she was 14. Moore denied the allegations before an audience of about 100 at the Mid-Alabama Republican Club in Vestavia Hills, drawing applause while casting the accounts as part of a conspiracy among the media, Democrats and the Republican establishment.

With the report still just days old, it is still unclear whether unwavering loyalty from some supporters will be enough to bring Moore a victory on Dec. 12, even in deeply Republican Alabama. But in the meantime, the response has shielded Moore against the demands of top Washington Republicans that he exit the race, and his base is prepared to fight on.

“There was kind of a shock of ‘Oh, my goodness, these accusations.’ And then the second reaction is, ‘Why now?’” said Ed Henry, a Republican state representative. “It just stinks to high heaven. … It’s intended to demoralize and cause Republicans not to vote in December.”

Paul Reynolds, a Republican National Committee member from Alabama who attended the Moore event, said he has seen Republicans dividing into two categories since the Moore story broke.

“There are going to be those who want to wait and see,” Reynolds said. “There will be others that are going to double down and try harder.”

Republican leaders around the country had the opposite reaction last week, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and others calling on Moore to leave the race if the accusations were true. Other senators and Mitt Romney responded without caveat that Moore should withdraw. Late Friday, Sens. Steve Daines and Mike Lee withdrew endorsements of Moore, while Sen. Bill Cassidy pulled back his support for Moore on Saturday. The National Republican Senatorial Committee also pulled out of a fundraising agreement with Moore.

But Moore, a former state Supreme Court judge who was removed from the bench twice, has instead denied and denounced the charges against him. “These attacks involve minors, and they are completely false and untrue — about something that happened nearly 40 years ago,” Moore said Saturday.

His supporters focused more on the timing of the accusations and the messenger than on the content.

Many took aim at the Post, which reported the story on Thursday and has been a frequent target of President Donald Trump’s Twitter screeds against the media. (Moore called the story “fake news” and promised “revelations about the motivation and the content of this article.”)

“The Washington Post has about as little credibility as Hillary [Clinton],” said Bob Sanders, a former lobbyist and longtime Moore supporter who also attended the speech.

“I think that it’s politically motivated,” said Sallie Bryant, the Republican Party chair in Jefferson County, Alabama’s most populous county. “I am party chairman, and so therefore I am for the party’s nominees and for our candidates, but I really feel like the timing of this is very suspicious.”

Saturday Night Live highlighted how ass-backward voters in Alabam can be:

“Voters in Alabama will never elect someone who’s had relations with a minor,” the Vice President Pence character says.

“You sure about that?” asks SNL’s Roy Moore, dressed in a leather vest and cowboy hat.

“No,” Pence admits.

Pence later tells Moore: “It’s hard to convince people that you’re not into young girls when you dress like Woody from ‘Toy Story.’”

After Pence tells Moore he needs to “do the right thing” — a clear suggestion that he should drop out of the race — Moore responds, “All right, if everyone thinks I did it, I’ll marry her.”

But the latest poll released today shows there’s still reason to have faith in Alabama voters to do the right thing:

A new Alabama Senate poll, released Sunday morning, gives Democrat Doug Jones his first lead over Republican Roy Moore.

The race, though, remains close.

Louisiana-based JMC Analytics conducted the poll after allegations of sexual misconduct by Moore were reported by The Washington Post.

The poll had Jones received 46 percent support in the poll to Moore’s 42 percent. With a margin of error of 4 percent, however, the race is essentially a statistical tie.

The poll also had 9 percent of participants declaring themselves undecided.

The election is Dec. 12 — one month from today.

It’s the second poll since the allegations came out that reveals a loss of support for Moore. A Decision Desk HQ/Opinion Savvy poll released Friday had the race tied 46-46.

Let’s help Jones get over the finish line next month. Click here to donate and get involved with Jones’ campaign.

 

Reprinted with permission from Daily Kos