- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh argued during his program Tuesday that sexual misconduct is largely a liberal problem, noting that Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore was a Democrat when the allegations against him were supposed to have taken place.

“You know, there’s so much sexual harassment going on, so much of it surfacing now, and the vast majority of it is being done by Democrat guys — Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood left,” Mr. Limbaugh said, according to a transcript. “Now, one of the reasons I think the [mainstream media] are so all over Roy Moore is ‘cause they finally got a Republican in this game they can report on. It has to have been tough. … Up until Judge Moore there haven’t been any Republican guys that have been in the crosshairs of all this sexual harassment and rape stuff, right?”

Earlier in the program Mr. Limbaugh pointed out that Mr. Moore used to be a Democrat. Indeed, the embattled Senate candidate switched to the Republican Party in the early 1990s before he was appointed to the circuit trial court bench in Etowah County in 1992.

“Did you know that before 1992 when a lot of this was going on that Judge Moore was a Democrat?” Mr. Limbaugh said. “How about all these people now saying, ‘Oh, yeah, yeah, everybody here knew about Judge Moore. Oh-ho-ho, yeah, good old boy we’ve known about Judge Moore for a long time.’ While he was a Democrat. Nobody said a word. When he supposedly was attracted to inappropriately aged girls, he was a Democrat. For what it’s worth.”

His comments come after a fifth woman accused Mr. Moore, now 70, of sexual misconduct involving minors when he was in his 30s — claims he has denied. The allegations have prompted national Republicans to call on Mr. Moore to step down from the race, and the Republican National Committee ended its joint fundraising agreement with his campaign.

Mr. Limbaugh criticized Republicans like Sens. Mitch McConnell and Cory Gardner for believing the allegations against Mr. Moore without proof.

“No matter what the real stories are here, and no matter what the evidence is, these guys, these people on the Republican side, are making it clear they are going to prevent this guy from ever being seated in the United States Senate,” the radio host said.

“They don’t want this guy in Washington. Nobody wants this guy elected anywhere near either political party,” he said. “The establishment doesn’t. To hell with what the people of Alabama have done voting-wise. To hell with what the voters of Alabama want to happen, that it doesn’t matter. The parties do not want this guy anywhere near.”

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