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Is Steve Daines Back to Supporting Child-Abusing Roy Moore?

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It seems fair to ask.

After a brief flirtation with morality and respect for women, the Republican establishment is back to openly supporting child-abusing Roy Moore, even as more evidence comes to light debunking his horrific attacks on the women who’ve had the courage to stand and recount their experiences.

President Trump offered a full endorsement of Moore today, tweeting that tax cuts for millionaires are far more important than women and young girls:

“Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama,” Mr. Trump posted on Twitter on Monday, before he formally endorsed Mr. Moore during a telephone call. “We need his vote on stopping crime, illegal immigration, Border Wall, Military, Pro Life, V.A., Judges 2nd Amendment and more.”

Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority leader, flip-flopped on Moore Sunday, saying that the man he called unfit for office just last week should be seated in the Senate if he wins:

“The people of Alabama are going to decide a week from Tuesday who they want to send to the Senate,” McConnell said Sunday in an interview with CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “It’s really up to them. It’s been a pretty robust campaign with a lot of people weighing in. The president and I, of course, supported somebody different earlier in the process. But in the end, the voters of Alabama will make their choice.”

Keep in mind that McConnell made that statement despite saying last month that he believed the women.

And today the RNC, which announced last month it would not support Moore, has admitted it is pouring resources into the race to support a man who made unwanted sexual advances on a fourteen-year-old girl:

Breitbart News first reported that the RNC had decided to step back into the race just hours after President Trump fully endorsed the controversial candidate.

“We can confirm our involvement in the Alabama Senate race,” an RNC official told The Hill.

So that leaves us with Steve Daines, who tepidly and timidly walked back his endorsement of the horrifically bigoted Moore last week without having the courage to defend the women making the accusations or even criticize Moore directly. While some in the Republican Party like Mitt Romney have had the courage to argue that Moore should not be seated and should be actively opposed by Senate Republicans, our junior Senator, the one who is so afraid of his constituents that he won’t meet with them, has remained on the sidelines.

So shouldn’t the Montana press ask Daines to clarify his position on Moore? Does he hope he’ll win the race? Will he move to block him from being seated if he wins?

The people of Montana deserve to know. Will someone please ask?

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it’s a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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