Roy Moore launched a counter offensive to the avalanche of accusations regarding his sexual behavior towards teenage women. In response to the allegations of improper sexual contact, Moore claims it is fake news launched by the fake news media and funded by the Clinton Obama machine.
He denies wrongdoing, but does not deny having contact with teenage women.
The Moore counter offensive does not stop with the fake news claims. It is becoming apparent that Moore, or his supporters (or both), is taking his counter offensive to the next level. A level of hate and threats designed to scare the accusers, and those reporting his conduct, out of the public eye.
A minister in south Alabama gets a phone call from a man who says he is a Washington Post reporter offering cash for dirt about Senate candidate Roy Moore. A man who told an Alabama newspaper about Moore's alleged approaches to teenage girls when he was in his 30s receives texts falsely telling him he is being sued for defamation.
On Twitter and Facebook, in texts and in phone calls, Alabamians say they are on the receiving end of a muddy river of threats, dirty tricks and angry attacks, all aimed at undermining allegations that Moore, the Republican candidate in next month's special election to fill a U.S. Senate seat, made sexual advances to teenagers decades ago.
After Blake Usry told AL.com, an Alabama news site, that he knew girls Moore tried to flirt with, Usry received threatening phone calls and Facebook messages, as well as texts informing him that he had been sued for defamation.
One text falsely claimed that northern Alabama's U.S. attorney, Jay Town, "has verified defamation cases" against Usry and others who were quoted in news articles.
"I just thought, here they go, trying to intimidate me," said Usry, who lives in Gadsden, where Moore lived and worked. "It could be a religious zealot, some right-wing nut, someone from Roy Moore's campaign, I don't know. It doesn't intimidate me, but it's caused me misery all day long."
The claim that the U.S. attorney was moving against those who spoke out about Moore is "patently absurd," Town said. "My office has not received, nor would we have the legal basis to pursue, any such defamation cases." Under federal law, defamation is a civil matter, not a crime.
In today's politics of disbelief, every burst of news is fodder for an avalanche of pushback and disinformation. In the Moore case, that reaction has come in the form of organized campaigns by Moore's supporters defending their candidate and grass-roots expressions from individuals who believe that any report in the news media may be politically motivated. The Washington Post
This plan is working when it comes to Moore’s base. Take, for example, Dean Young’s reaction. He is one of Moore’s chief supporters and an Alabama republican consultant.
"Who says you all aren't paying someone to do that? Go pay more people to say stuff. It's a waste of money because people here know Judge Moore and we know he does believe in a Christian God, so that fake stuff doesn't work with us."
The Roy Moore Senate race is reflective of the effectiveness of the alternative fact campaign among certain voting groups. Moore, thought of as a man who believes in a Christian God, can do no wrong. His supporters presuppose that a Christian man is truthful. Moreover, even if he did date teenage women, he did so with parental permission and it was a long time ago. As a conservative Christian, Moore is believed over the liberal news media because when Moore speaks, it is the truth.
These people ignore the mountain of facts against Moore choosing not pay attention to the tone and substance of Moore’s response to allegations based in fact. Moore’s strategy is to play on his Christian base, their adamant belief in his religious foundations while spreading alternative facts that are based on fiction. Moreover, it now appears that the effort to spread those alternative facts are supplemented by false requests for information and an intimidation campaign designed to silence those who would dare speak out against a man who believes in a Christian god.
Moore is not going anywhere. It appears that despite the tidal wave of information about his misconduct, he plans to continue with his alternative fact campaign laced with intimidation. He plans to run to the end. If Moore wins, the result will be unfortunate…
…it will demonstrate that Alabama is not very Christian and that some are willing to use Christianity as a shield to hide from the truth. The issue is not what Roy Moore did so much as it is how he is responding. His response really tells voters Moore has
1. something to hide and
2. that he did what he is accused of doing.