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Wipeout: Prof learns expensive lesson for erasing students’ message

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A health professor at California State University at Fresno who lashed out at members of a campus pro-life organization, insisting “college campuses are not free speech areas” and then wiping out the messages they had permission to chalk on sidewalks, has been ordered by a judge not to repeat his offenses.

Greg Thatcher also agreed to pay $17,000, $15,000 for lawyers’ fees for the Alliance Defending Freedom and $1,000 to each of the students involved in the sidewalk demonstration, and take two hours of free-speech training.

WND reported in May the lawsuit was filed against Thatcher in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California by students who had obtained permission for their sidewalk display.

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Members recorded their encounter with Thatcher, who berated them for their pro-life expression, “claimed that they could only express themselves in a ‘free speech area’ (which the university eliminated two years ago), and then proceeded to scrub out their chalk messages on the sidewalk.”

The video is here:

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Now ADF says a judge’s order was issued prohibiting Thatcher from “interfering with, disrupting, defacing, or altering any future legal expressive activities that Fresno State Students for Life or its members conduct.”

He’s also been ordered not to direct, promote or encourage others to do that.

The video was captured by Fresno State Students for Life president Bernadette Tasy.

“This is great news! It ensures that Fresno State Students for Life will not have to fear more censorship and harassment from Thatcher or students he recruits,” ADF said. “It is also a chance to promote a better understanding of the First Amendment. And based on the video, that’s an understanding that Thatcher desperately needs.”

The legal team said: “Through his actions, Thatcher was teaching his students that the proper response to speech that you disagree with is to silence it. But this is simply wrong. The First Amendment teaches that the proper response to speech you do not like is to engage in your own speech, advancing your views peacefully.

“Ridiculously, Thatcher tried to claim that he was engaging in his own free speech by erasing the messages. As he erased one of the chalk messages, Thatcher declared: ‘You had permission to put it down. … I have permission to get rid of it. … This is our part of free speech. Do you disagree with our part of free speech?’ But censorship is not free speech, and it is absurd to claim otherwise. Even Fresno State recognized this, as its policies state the obvious: ‘The right of self-expression does not extend to preventing self-expression by others.’”

In April, students got permission to chalk positive, life-affirming messages on the sidewalks leading to the university’s library. Thatcher then appeared, “falsely alleging they could not chalk messages” there.

He kept insisting they go to a “free speech area” that the university had eliminated nearly two years earlier.

“Today’s college students will be tomorrow’s legislators, judges, educators, and voters. That’s why it’s so important that university professors model the First Amendment values they are supposed to be teaching to students, and why it should disturb everyone that Dr. Thatcher and many other university officials across the country are communicating to a generation that the Constitution doesn’t matter,” said ADF Senior Counsel Casey Mattox.

The students’ messages included:

  • “You CAN be pregnant & successful.”
  • “Women need love, NOT abortion.”
  • “Support pregnant + parenting students.”
  • “The essence of all humanity is inside a fetus.”
  • “Fetus is Latin for small child.”
  • “Love them both. Choose life.”

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Talk-radio star Mark Levin joins Fox News

(FOX NEWS) — Fox News announced on Tuesday that nationally syndicated radio talk show personality Mark Levin will join the network with a weekly, weekend primetime show titled, “Life, Liberty & Levin.”

“Mark’s passion for the principles found in the Constitution and success in talk radio has made him a distinct figure in the media landscape. We look forward to adding this spirited program to our weekend lineup,” Fox News President of Programming Suzanne Scott said.

Levin’s hour-long show will air on Sunday nights at 10 p.m. ET and is scheduled to debut in February. It will explore the fundamental values and principles undergirding American society, culture, politics, and current events, and their relevance to the nation’s future and everyday lives of citizens.

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Senate shocker: Get Roy Moore’s explosive book – autographed!

Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore

Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore

The liberal media opposed him. The Republican establishment opposed him. Even President Donald J. Trump opposed him.

But Judge Roy Moore beat them all, along with the incumbent, in Alabama’s Republican primary for the United States Senate.

The colorful candidate, twice the chief justice of the state Supreme Court, rallied before the election with Sarah Palin, Nigel Farage, Steve Bannon and other conservative, populist heroes, portraying himself as the true champion of President Trump’s nationalist agenda.

Moore proudly displayed his personal firearm on stage and even rode a horse to the voting booth.

And to the shock and horror of the journalists and political class, Moore soundly defeated incumbent Republican Sen. Luther Strange.

But grassroots conservatives and activists who want to defend America’s Christian heritage could have predicted this was coming all along.

Since his steadfast stand against the removal of the Ten Commandments monument from Alabama’s state judicial building rotunda resulted in his removal from the highest judicial office in the state, Judge Moore has been resolute in standing for his principles. And while other conservatives cut and run, Judge Moore has always boldly proclaimed the truth.

Now, get to know America’s most exciting candidate by purchasing your autographed copy of “So Help Me God.”

In this riveting and explosive text, Moore explains why the states must acknowledge the moral principles on which America was founded. Certainly, he forcefully argues, it is not illegal to do so.

His victory in the Alabama Senate primary shocked the nation. And evangelicals around the country are rallying to his cause. Get to know the No. 1 enemy of the liberal media, the godless left and the Republican establishment. “So Help Me God” by Judge Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for Senate in the state of Alabama. Get the most important book of the current election cycle NOW in the WND Superstore.

While previous generations of Americans have taken the country’s Judeo-Christian heritage for granted, today its history, heritage and faith are under attack by hateful, far-left activists. The ACLU, among innumerable others, has made it its mission to take away Americans’ right to acknowledge the Creator. Moore calls on all Americans to understand that the Constitution doesn’t forbid faith in the public square, it protects it.

A Vietnam vet and West Point graduate, Judge Moore is being hailed as the stalwart champion of conservative principles America needs. The fiery Republican nominee is even saying his election will mean the end of Sen. Mitch McConnell’s tenure as majority leader.

It seems just about every person with power and influence in this country is opposed to him. But if the recent primary results are any indication, Moore has the Republicans of Alabama with him.

Whether you are a conservative, a Christian or simply someone who wants to remain knowledgeable about American politics, you can’t afford to miss learning about the most fascinating candidate in America today. Before it’s too late, get your autographed copy of “So Help Me God” by Judge Roy Moore – available exclusively at the WND Superstore.

His victory in the Alabama Senate primary shocked the nation. And evangelicals around the country are rallying to his cause. Get to know the No. 1 enemy of the liberal media, the godless left and the Republican establishment. “So Help Me God” by Judge Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for Senate in the state of Alabama. Get the most important book of the current election cycle NOW in the WND Superstore.

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Dem congressman probed for ‘paying opponent to quit’

(MEDIAITE) — The FBI is investigating the 2012 campaign finances of Rep. Robert Brady (D-PA).

In a report from CBS News, court documents show the Brady’s campaign is facing scrutiny for allegedly paying his primary opponent to drop out of the race five years ago. Two political consultants, Kenneth Smukler and Donald Jones, have already been charged in this FBI probe for creating the “scheme” of making a $90,000 donation to Jimmie Moore‘s campaign in order to pay its debt.

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Newsweek compares Trump to serial killer Charles Manson

The late serial killer Chalres Manson and President Trump

The late serial killer Chalres Manson and President Trump

The leftist magazine Newsweek took its anti-Trump hysteria to a whole new level, comparing the president to deranged serial killer Charles Manson and citing a psychoanalyst who claims the two have employed similar language to rally their followers.

The magazine appears to have quickly removed the reference to Trump in its story after it received public attention.

Newsweek’s article, originally headlined “How murderer Charles Manson and Donald Trump used language to gain followers,” detailed how the late serial killer used language to convince his followers to carry out horrific killings. The headline was later changed to “How murderer Charles Manson used language to gain followers.”

“According to psychoanalyst Mark Smaller, past president of the American Psychoanalytic Association, part of Manson’s power lay in the type of language he used. Notably, Manson was able to speak in a way that engaged those who felt marginalized or alienated,” Newsweek reporter Melissa Matthews wrote in the Nov. 20 article.

Charles Manson

Charles Manson

The original version of the article quoted Smaller noting that he doesn’t notice any similarities between the president and the notorious killer, but that they both used similar language tactics to motivate their followers, who feel that the government has alienated them.

“Smaller is clear that he does not believe President Donald Trump is similar to the convicted killer, or that their followers have any shared beliefs or characteristics, but he did say we can look to the current president to see how language is used to form a bond with followers,” the original story stated. “Our current president speaks in an emotional or affective way to large numbers of people in our country who feel a kind of alienation or disconnection from the government. They feel very responded to and become his political base.”

Smaller explained that cult followers are so “seduced by feelings of acceptance and understanding that they accept their leaders’ ideologies regardless of how destructive or dangerous they may be.”

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And cult leaders, he said, may tell their followers things such as: “Your parents don’t really care about you. Your community doesn’t care about you. The government doesn’t really care about you, but I’m going to not only care about you, I’m going to take care of you. I understand how angry, neglected, and hurt you feel.”

As of Tuesday afternoon, the statements referencing Trump had been removed from the article. Newsweek added the following editor’s note: “And earlier version of this story did not meet Newsweek’s editorial standards and has been revised accordingly.”

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Newsweek also included the following video, linking Manson’s murderous followers with members of the so-called “alt-right”:

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Dan Gainor, vice president of Media Research Center, told Fox News that Newsweek stopped reporting real news long ago.

“It’s almost predictable that some idiot online will write an outlandish story connecting Trump to the villain du jour, all designed to generate web traffic and ad dollars. We worked through all the major historical villains the media could tie the president to — Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini. They called him a strongman, a dictator and worse. Now it’s Manson, Weinstein and probably Mugabe,” Gainor said. “The media are running out of hyperbole. It’s all embarrassingly stupid. No one gets held to account for it. And the cycle begins again with the next clickbait article.”

Newsweek’s article sparked a flood of online comments. One reader said the story is “hilariously pathetic.” Another said it’s “the dumbest thing I’ve read in a while.”

A third reader wrote: “Wow, both Manson and Trump used language to gain followers? Next you’re going to tell me that they both drank water to quench thirst. You’ve cracked the case Newsweek. Now every leader will be using language to gain follows.”

But don’t go looking for the comments under Newsweek’s story. The site had scrubbed all the criticism Tuesday, and only one comment remained: “The shadow edit is truly remarkable. Did someone notice you had been intellectually dubious, Melissa? I certainly hope not! That would be embarrassing!”

 

 

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Trump backs Roy Moore amid accusations

President Trump speaks to reporters Nov. 21, 2017.

President Trump speaks to reporters Nov. 21, 2017.

President Trump spoke for the first time to reporters about the accusations of sexual misconduct against U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, emphasizing that electing “liberal” Democratic opponent Doug Jones would be bad for the nation and that Moore has totally denied the allegations.

The president was asked if he will campaign for Moore ahead of the Dec. 12 special election to fill the Alabama seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

“I’ll be letting you know next week,” the president said as he prepared to board Marine One on his way to Air Force One and a trip to his home in South Florida for the Thanksgiving break.

“I can tell you one thing for sure,” Trump said. “We don’t need a liberal person in there, a Democrat, Jones. I’ve looked at his record. It’s terrible on crime. It’s terrible on the border. It’s terrible on the military.”

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Trump was asked if a candidate accused of improper sexual contact with a child was better than a Democrat.

“Well, [Moore] denies it,” Trump said.

“If you look at what is really going on and all of the things that have happened over the last 48 hours, he totally denies it. He says it didn’t happen, and, you know, you have to listen to him also,” the president said.

“You’re talking about – he said 40 years ago this did not happen.”

Trump was asked twice whether or not he had a message for women amid an avalanche of recent accusations of sexual misconduct against prominent figures in politics, entertainment and media.

“Women are very special,” he said. “I think it’s a very special time, because a lot of things are coming out, and I think that’s good for our society, and I think it’s very, very good for women. And I’m very happy a lot of these things are coming out. I’m very happy it’s being exposed.”

Trump also was asked whether or not Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn, should resign in the wake of sexual misconduct and what he thought about the disclosure that Sen. John Conyers, D-Mich., secretly settled a sexual-harassment lawsuit.

“Look, I don’t want to speak for Al Franken. I don’t know what happened,” Trump said. “I just heard about Conyers two minutes ago. As far as Franken’s concerned, he’s going to have to speak for himself.”

The president’s response to reporters came on the heels of a news conference in Alabama in which three of Moore’s representatives spoke on his behalf, presenting what they described as new evidence that undermines the claims of the most serious accusations, by Leigh Corfman and Beverly Young Nelson.

On Monday, Corfman conducted her first television interview since the Washington Post reported her claim that Moore, when he was 32 and she was 14, took her to his home and engaged in sexual touching. She told NBC’s “Today” show she “didn’t deserve to have a 32-year-old man prey upon” her.

Corfman was one of four accusers featured in the Nov. 9 Post story. She told the paper that in 1979, after taking her to his house, Moore took off her “shirt and pants and removed his clothes,” touched her “over her bra and underpants” and “guided her hand to touch him over his underwear.” Since the Post story, five other women have alleged misconduct by Moore when they were teens and he was in his 30s, including Nelson, who alleges Moore sexually assaulted her in 1977 when she 16 and working as a waitress in a restaurant in Moore’s hometown of Gadsden.

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On Sunday, Alabama’s biggest newspapers ran a front-page editorial urging voters to reject Moore. The Alabama Republican Party, meanwhile, continues to support the former judge.

‘The whole world is watching’

Just prior to Trump’s remarks Tuesday, members of Moore’s campaign leadership defended the Republican candidate, arguing, in a direct appeal to Alabama voters, that with a narrow GOP Senate majority, much is at stake for the nation and “the whole world is watching” what they will do Dec. 12.

A lawyer for Moore said Moore is “above reproach” and, “We don’t believe a word of these lies against him.”

Dean Young, right, a campaign strategist for Roy Moore, speaks to reporters Nov. 21, 2017.

Dean Young, right, a campaign strategist for Roy Moore, speaks to reporters Nov. 21, 2017.

He said the worldviews of establishment media are at odds with the values of Alabamians, charging media has been quick to judge Moore but reluctant to judge Democrats who have faced similar allegations, such as former President Bill Clinton and former Congressman Anthony Weiner.

He then presented new evidence he said the media has been unwilling to publish.

“The lies and character assassination of Judge Moore ends today,” he said.

He said Moore’s team continues to maintain the judge never knew Corfman.

Noting Corfman alleges she was with her mother at a court hearing in 1979, he pointed out that the Etowah County document signed by Corfman’s parents asked for custody to be changed from the mother to the father.

Leigh Corfman when she was about 14

Leigh Corfman when she was about 14

While Corfman claims her life spiraled out of control after the alleged contact with Moore, he said the parents indicated in a joint petition to modify custody that they were already concerned about behavioral problems by the child. The father was better equipped to deal with the already existing disciplinary problems, according to the petition, he said.

Further, Corfman claims she had telephone conversations with Moore using a phone in her bedroom. But Breitbart reported, he noted, that the mother said there was no phone in her bedroom.

He also disputed the claim that Moore picked up Corfman around the corner from her mother’s house. The supposed pickup place, he said, was actually about a mile away and across a major thoroughfare.

He noted Corfman’s father lived in another town.

“We urge the press to do its job,” he concluded.

Stan Cooke, a campaign spokesman, argued that Moore has run five campaigns in 35 years, and “never has his character been questioned.”

“Why now?” he asked.

He asserted that the yearbook inscription, which Nelson’s attorney, Gloria Allred, put forth as evidence, was “faked.”

The campaign, he pointed out, has called on Allred to release the yearbook for independent inspection, but she has refused.

Cooke cited Allred’s interview with MSNBC in which she said that even if the yearbook has been altered, it would not affect the “integrity” of the allegations.

“Allegation are words, not facts,” Cooke said. “That’s ridiculous, the yearbook was her star witness, and her witness failed.”

Cooke also cited a stepson of Nelson and a former boyfriend who both believe Moore.

He pointed to an interview with a former waitress at the restaurant where Nelson alleges the attack took place who disputed Nelson’s contention that she was 15 and working as a waitress when Moore began flirting with her.

Ledbetter said waitresses has to be at least 16, and she said Nelson had other facts wrong. The restaurant closed later than 10 p.m., she said, and the restaurant was well-lit around its perimeter and exposed to the road and a neighborhood behind it, meaning there was no isolated place for the alleged attack to take place.

Cooke also cited a former operations manager at the Gadsden Mall who was in a position to know whether or not Moore had been banned from the mall as some have claimed. Johnny Adams said he never heard anything about Moore being banned.

“This is an effort by these people, the liberal media, the Republican establishment, to malign the good name of Judge Moore,” Cooke said.

“You men and women of the media are responsible for the stories and printing the truth,” he said.

“I am urging you to print and tell the truth.”

Dean Young, a campaign strategist for Moore, said he has been with Moore for 25 years.

He said that by Dec. 12, “all of this stuff will be settled, and Judge Moore will be the next senator from Alabama.”

Speaking directly to the people of Alabama, he said “the Judge Moore you knew two weeks ago, is the same Judge Moore” you have known for four decades.

Young pointed out that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has spent over $30 million to defeat Moore.

“What are Alabamians going to do,” he asked. “If you can be tricked, Alabamians, with the $30 million from Mitch McConnell — maybe it’s $45 million by now — and the Washington Post fake stories, if you can be tricked in two weeks about Judge Moore, then they win.

“The world is watching you,” he said.

Young cited the biblical story of Queen Esther and the famous admonition given to her that “for such a time as this” she had been set apart to save Israel.

“It’s not just Judge Moore ‘for such a time as this,’ it’s you,” he said to Alabama voters.

“The question is, can you be tricked?” he said. “Because all hell is coming to Alabama against Judge Moore.”

Young said opponents are willing to make up “any lie” and “drag up in front of a TV camera” any person to accomplish their objective of defeating Moore.

He urged Alabamians at Thanksgiving time and after church on Sunday to talk about the election and decide if they are going to trust “the Judge Moore that we’ve known for 25 years” or “be sold a bill of goods by Mitch McConnell.”

‘I didn’t go looking for this’

Moore has repeatedly denied all of the allegations, declaring he is “not guilty of sexual misconduct with anyone” and is the victim of a politically motivated attack.

Corfman told the “Today” show Monday she told others of the alleged incident after it occurred but didn’t make her accusation public sooner because she wanted to protect her children from the fallout.

She said that when the Post contacted her, she agreed to tell her story if the paper found additional accusers.

“I didn’t go looking for this, it fell in my lap,” she said.

Corfman said she’s voted Republican for many years and insisted “this isn’t political for me.”

On Sunday, the joint editorial board of the Alabama Media Group – which publishes the Birmingham News, the Huntsville Times, the Mobile Press-Register and AL.com – called the accusations against Moore “horrifying, but not shocking,” reported Business Insider, and endorsed the Democratic nominee, Doug Jones.

birmingham-news“How can we look our neighbors, our parishioners, our colleagues, our partners, or our children in the eyes and tell them they are worth less than ensuring one political party keeps a Senate seat?” the board wrote. “How can we expect young Alabamians to have faith in their government or their church, when its leaders equivocate on matters as clear cut as sexual abuse?”

While national Republican leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, have called on Moore to step aside, the Alabama Republican Party last week decided to support him, concluding “Alabamians will be the ultimate jury in this election – not the media or those from afar.”

Also, the 5th District Congressional District GOP Executive Committee of Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., last week voted unanimously to back Moore.

Before the Post story, Moore had a double-digit lead over Jones, according to polls, but the Real Clear Politics Average of Polls now has the race neck and neck.

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In Corfman’s interview Monday with “Today,” host Savannah Guthrie, noting the suggestions of some defenders of Moore, asked her if she was paid. Corfman said no, adding “if anything, this has cost me” financially, because she has taken leave from her job since the Post reported her accusations.

Corfman said she felt guilty after the alleged incident.

“I felt like I was the one to blame. It was decades before I was able to let that go,” she said.

Kayla Moore: ‘We’re in a battle’

Over the weekend, Moore’s wife, Kayla Moore, spoke out in defense of her husband, confirming he will not drop out of the race despite a growing number of Republicans urging him to step aside.

Kayla Moore speaks at a rally Nov. 17, 2017

Kayla Moore speaks at a rally Nov. 17, 2017

“After all the attacks against me, against my family and against my husband, he will not step down,” Kayla Moore said. “We’re in a battle. Thank you for your prayers.”

Last Thursday, Moore was joined by supporters, including his pastor and other Christian leaders, at a news conference in Birmingham, Alabama, in which he once again strongly denied the allegations of sexual misconduct against him, calling them “scurrilous.”

Moore also accused McConnell of trying to “steal this election from the people of Alabama.”

The day before, ABC News reported an Alabama woman, Becky Gray, accused Moore of sexually harassing her in the late 1970s and said he was banned from the mall where she worked after she complained of his repeated, unwanted advances. Also Wednesday, AL.com reported a Gadsden, Alabama, woman, Tina Johnson, claimed Moore groped her while she was in his law office on legal business with her mother in 1991.

On Monday, Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, seemed to soften her position on Moore, warning Republicans that his Democratic opponent could harm the Republican tax-reform plan, the Washington Times reported.

“Doug Jones in Alabama, folks, don’t be fooled. He will be a vote against tax cuts. He is weak on crime, weak on borders. He is strong on raising your taxes. He is terrible for property owners,” she told Fox News.

The Times said that when Conway was asked whether or not Alabama voters should choose Moore, she continued to cite Jones’ politics and mentioned the allegations of sexual misconduct that arose last week against Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn.

Last Thursday, however, when discussing the allegations against Moore in a Fox News interview, Conway said: “There is no Senate seat worth more than a child.”

The last time Democrats won a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama was 1992. The winner will serve the remaining two years of Sessions’ term.

Jones, who has never run for office, opposes “tax cuts for the rich” and favors an expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare and abortion rights.

‘These women have no reason to lie’

Last Wednesday, ABC News reported an Alabama woman, Becky Gray, accused Moore of sexually harassing her in the late 1970s, and AL.com reported a Gadsden, Alabama, woman, Tina Johnson, claimed Moore groped her while she was in his law office on legal business with her mother in 1991.

Gray told ABC she has grown increasingly frustrated with critics who continue to question the veracity of the claims of other women.

“These women have no reason to lie about their sexual encounters … so I just don’t understand people that don’t believe that it’s true. There’s a lot of shame to this, and for those women who did have sexual encounters with Moore, I commend them for coming out – I really do. It’s about time.”

AL.com on Wednesday also featured an interview with Kelly Harrison Thorp, who said she was 17 and working as a hostess at the Red Lobster restaurant in Gadsden in 1982 when Moore, in his early 30s at the time, came into the restaurant and asked her to out out on a date with him sometime.

Thorp told AL.com that when she asked Moore if he knew how old she was, he replied: “Yeah. I go out with girls your age all the time.”

Thorp said she knows Corfman and believes she is telling the truth.

In a radio interview Nov. 10 with Sean Hannity, Moore, adamantly denied the allegation by Corfman. But Moore left open the possibility that he dated the older teens who had come forward, saying he didn’t remember, before unequivocally stating he did not date any teens when he was in his 30s when Hannity asked for clarification.

On Nov. 14, Hannity delivered an ultimatum to Moore, saying the former judge needed to explain the discrepancy in the Friday interview and the evidence Allred and Nelson presented at their news conference Monday, a Gadsden High School yearbook that Nelson says Moore signed just days before the alleged attack.

Attorney Phillip Jauregui

Attorney Phillip Jauregui

Moore’s attorney, Phillip L. Jauregui, at a news conference Nov. 15, asked Allred to turn over a high school yearbook she had presented as evidence that includes an alleged inscription by Moore. Jauregui wants it to be inspected by a handwriting expert, because his team believes the inscription is a forgery. Taking no questions, Jauregui also claimed Nelson falsely asserted she had had no contact with Moore since the alleged 1977 incident, pointing out Moore presided over her divorce case in 1999. However, court documents show another judge also was involved in the case, and there was no hearing, meaning there is no evidence that Nelson was in a courtroom with Moore.

Breitbart News reported an attorney for Moore delivered a letter to Allred on Nov. 16 giving her 48 hours to release the yearbook to the custody of an independent examiner. The letter also demanded that Allred and Nelson issue a “full and fair public retraction” of all “false statements” concerning Moore.

Charges that the yearbook inscription is a forgery have circulated on social media. Heavy.com reported a photo shared initially on Twitter by CNN appears to show that part of the inscription was written in blue ink and another in black ink. However, other photos of the yearbook show only black ink. And some have pointed out that the accuser’s red nail polish also looks like a different shade in the CNN photo than it does in other photos.

CNN’s tweet appears to show two different colors of ink:

Handwriting analysts who have been asked to assess the photos of the inscription have told media outlets it’s impossible to determine whether or not it’s a forgery without examining the actual yearbook along with numerous handwriting samples from Moore dating back to the 1970s.

Other images of the inscription in Beverly Nelson's yearbook appear to show only one color of ink.

Other images of the inscription in Beverly Nelson’s yearbook appear to show only one color of ink.

In his reply to Hannity, Moore wrote: “My signature on the order of dismissal in the divorce case was annotated with the letters ‘D.A.,’ representing the initials of my court assistant. Curiously the supposed yearbook inscription is also followed by the same initials – ‘D.A.’ But at that time I was Deputy District Attorney, not district attorney.”

Moore said he believed the “initials as well as the date under the signature block and the printed name of the restaurant are written in a style inconsistent with the rest of the yearbook inscription.”

On his Fox News Channel program Nov. 15, Hannity responded to Moore’s letter.

The host said allegations against Moore “are beyond disturbing and serious,” but he said more time is needed to make a conclusion and, ultimately, the people of Alabama will decide.

“I am very confident that when everything comes out, they will make the best decision for their state,” Hannity said.

Republicans exploring options

The Republican leadership is said to be exploring an alternative to Moore in the Alabama Senate race.

capitol-at-night-600McConnell and his top advisers are discussing the legal feasibility of asking Sen. Luther Strange, who was appointed to the seat earlier this year when Sessions became attorney general, to resign to trigger a new special election, Politico reported last week.

However, McConnell aides expressed caution, saying they’re uncertain the move is possible, and they are discussing several options.

A survey conducted by the National Republican Senatorial Committee after the allegations against Moore emerged showed him trailing Jones by 12 points, although other recent polling has the race closer.

Politico said McConnell’s team had proposed asking Sessions, who held the Alabama seat for two decades prior to becoming attorney general, to run as a write-in candidate.

But the committee’s polling found that a write-in candidacy likely would split the Republican vote and ensure a Jones victory.

Republicans currently have a narrow 52-48 majority in the Senate.

The top Senate Republican campaign official, Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., said Nov. 13 that the Senate should move to expel Moore it he were to win the election.

“I believe the individuals speaking out against Roy Moore spoke with courage and truth, proving he is unfit to serve in the United States Senate and he should not run for office,” said Gardner. “If he refuses to withdraw and wins, the Senate should vote to expel him, because he does not meet the ethical and moral requirements of the United States Senate.”

Republican analysts view the Moore candidacy as a proxy battle between the party establishment, represented by McConnell, and former White House chief strategist Steven Bannon. Bannon has supported Moore as part of a broader effort to challenge incumbent Republicans with candidates who he believes will carry out President Trump’s agenda.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas

Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, are among the Republican lawmakers who have withdrawn their support of Moore.

Cruz said Nov. 13: “As it stands, I can’t urge the people of Alabama to support a campaign in the face of these charges without serious, persuasive demonstration that the charges are not true.

“Both last week and this week, there are serious charges of criminal conduct that, if true, not only make him unfit to serve in the Senate but merit criminal prosecution,” Cruz told reporters, according to the Texas Tribune.

On Nov. 10, Lee wrote in a tweet: “Having read the detailed description of the incidents, as well as the response from Judge Moore and his campaign, I can no longer endorse his candidacy for the US Senate.”

The National Republican Senatorial Committee has backed out of a joint fundraising effort with Moore because of the allegations.

However, after being largely silent on the allegations against Moore, Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan said Nov. 16 the state party supports him and trusts voters to make the “ultimate decision” in the Dec. 12 U.S. Senate election, AL.com reported

The 21-member the Alabama Republican Party Steering Committee met Nov. 15 to discuss the allegations.

“Alabamians will be the ultimate jury in this election – not the media or those from afar,” Lathan said in a statement.

The evening of Nov. 16, the 5th District Congressional District GOP Executive Committee of Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., voted unanimously to back Moore.

Leaders of a number of Christian organizations joined Moore at the press conference Thursday in Birmingham and presented a letter declaring their support.

“We stand with Judge Roy Moore, a man of integrity who has never wavered from his valiant defense of the unborn, the Ten Commandments, and the Constitution. We are confident the voters of Alabama will not be fooled by suspiciously timed accusations without evidence and will reject the politics of personal destruction led by the Washington Post,” the letter stated.

Moore’s pastor, Stephen Broden, said he has no reason to doubt him.

“Friends, I know the man and he is a man of character,” he said.

Former U.N. ambassador Alan Keyes of Renew America said he backs Moore because “we are creatures of god” and have a “duty to do what is right.”

Janet Porter, president of Faith2Action, said she is a close friend of the Moore family and calls the accusations an “assassination led by the media”

“Why does the enemies of faith and liberty hate this man so much?” she asked.

Nelson’s claims

When Nelson made her claims one week ago at a news conference with celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred, Moore’s campaign chairman, Bill Armistead, charged Allred was leading a “a sensationalist leading a witch hunt” against “a man who has had an impeccable career for over 30 years and has always been known as a man of high character.”

“Let it be understood: the truth will come forward, we will pursue all legal options against these false claims and Judge Moore will be vindicated,” he said.

Nelson claims Moore had offered to give her a ride home from the restaurant where she worked. Instead, she says, he drove to an isolated area behind the restaurant, parked and “reached over and began groping me, putting his hands on my breasts.” She claims he locked the door when she tried to leave and “tried fighting him off, while yelling at him to stop, but instead of stopping he began squeezing my neck attempting to force my head onto his crotch.”

“I continued to struggle,” Nelson said, “I was determined that I was not going to allow him to force me to have sex with him. I was terrified. He was also trying to pull my shirt off. I thought that he was going to rape me. I was twisting and struggling and begging him to stop. I had tears running down my face.”

Nelson said that at some point “he gave up” and then told her: “You are a child. I am the district attorney of Etowah County. If you tell anyone about this, no one will believe you.”

She said Moore “finally allowed me to open the car door and I either fell out or he pushed me out.”

“I was on the ground as he pulled out of the parking area behind the restaurant,” she said. “The passenger door was open as he burned rubber pulling away leaving me laying there on the cold concrete in the dark.”

Nelson said she went home and the following morning, “my neck was black and blue and purple.”

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Trump breaks silence on Roy Moore allegations

(TOWNHALL) — President Trump finally broke his silence on embattled Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore Tuesday, telling reporters that Moore denies the sexual misconduct allegations and “you have to listen to him also.” The president added that “we don’t need a liberal person in there, a Democrat.”

Trump did not answer questions about whether he believes Moore’s denials. “Roy Moore denies it,” he said. “That’s all I can say.” He also noted that the alleged incidents took place around 40 years ago.

Trump told reporters he would announce next week whether he plans on going to Alabama to campaign for Moore.

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