Moore’s campaign collapsed literally overnight when a bombshell report presented the stories of four women who accused the former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice of sexually pursuing them when they were teenagers. Moore, who was leading by 11 points at the time, went on to lose the election.
His reported interest in young girls even earned him mockery from influential Republican fundraisers on Twitter, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) entertained options to prevent Moore from becoming a senator. This included asking Jeff Sessions — whose seat Moore was running to fill — to resign as U.S. Attorney General and run for his old seat.
But Moore’s alleged pedophilia was not necessarily a dealbreaker for Alabama voters. More than 50,000 people believed Moore to be a pedophile but voted for him anyway. Most Alabamans, apparently, did not vote based on the allegations but other factors. And Moore does have a lot of baggage that has nothing to do with children.
Roy Moore’s issues totally unrelated to sexual misconduct range from him being removed from office twice, to claiming America was less moral than Vladimir Putin’s Russia, to thinking voting rights for nonwhites and women should be repealed, to saying America was last great during chattel slavery. He wanted to criminalize homosexuality because that was, according to him, the private sexual conduct threatening American values.
Roy Moore, once backed by Donald Trump, even lost the president’s support as the public soured on him, though Trump ended up endorsing him over Doug Jones. He was reportedly urged not to run by Trump this time around.
Moore isn’t even the most outlandish alleged pedophile candidate on ballots in 2020. That distinction goes to Virginia Independent Nathan Larson, who openly advocates for pedophilia, rape, and white supremacy.
Moore denied the allegations against him in 2017.
Katelyn Kivel is a contributing editor and senior legal reporter for Grit Post in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Follow her on Twitter @KatelynKivel.