Republicans in Washington have had it with Roy Moore, and are now publicly mocking his alleged preference for young girls on Twitter.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) made headlines this week when he said openly at a Wall Street Journal CEO council panel that he was weighing all options to stopping Moore’s candidacy amid allegations from various women who say Moore sexually harassed them when they were in their teens and he was in his 30s.
On Tuesday, McConnell said he was entertaining the option of asking Attorney General Jeff Sessions to run for the seat he vacated to head the Department of Justice if it meant Roy Moore wouldn’t be a U.S. Senator. McConnell has also pledged to not seat Moore if he is elected despite the allegations.
In a tweet on Wednesday, a defiant Moore — who has pledged to not end his campaign despite wide condemnation from his own party — told the senate’s top Republican to “bring it on.” National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) executive director Chris Hansen (no relation to the TV journalist who outs pedophiles) blasted Moore in a tweet, reminding him of the movie “Bring It On” and its subject matter:
Bring It On is a movie about high school cheerleaders https://t.co/THLhYwpZSf
— Chris Hansen (@tankcat) November 16, 2017
Peyton Reed, who directed the movie, piled on, telling Moore to take the name of his movie out of his mouth.
You’re not allowed to use the name of my cheerleader movie, you fucking pedophile. https://t.co/Hxk3J5Za15
— Peyton Reed (@MrPeytonReed) November 16, 2017
While one might expect such a burn from ardent Democrats, the fact that the head of the NRSC went there is the surest sign that Moore has no support from his party’s national leadership. A recent poll conducted by the NRSC found that Moore was trailing Democratic opponent Doug Jones (the former U.S. attorney who successfully prosecuted two domestic terrorists affiliated with the KKK) by a 12-point margin.
Due to the proximity of the December 12 special election, Alabama Republicans are unable to remove his name from the ballot. Should Sessions or another candidate mount a challenge to Moore, it would have to be a write-in campaign.
Scott Alden is a freelance contributor covering national politics, education, and environmental issues. He is a proud Toledo University graduate, and lives in the suburbs of Detroit.