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Rep. Henry: GOP 'Cowards' for Ditching Moore, a Political 'Victim'

(CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360")

By    |   Friday, 10 Nov 2017 10:14 PM

Calling accused sexual predator Roy Moore "the victim of a political hack job," Alabama State Rep. Ed Henry, a staunch Moore campaign supporter, lashed out at Republicans in Washington as "cowards" for pulling their endorsements for the Alabama GOP Senate candidate.

"It's sad that we have that many cowards in Washington, D.C.," Henry told CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" on Friday night. "Maybe they don't know Roy Moore well enough, and if that's the case, they shouldn't have ever endorsed him to begin with, or considered to endorse him.

"But if you really believe that this is a good man, and you're going to allow simply the allegation — no evidence, no corroboration — then, and you're gonna withdraw your support, and you're an elected official, then I feel you're a coward."

A flurry of Republicans have come out to denounce Moore's candidacy for U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' Senate seat on what the White House also called a "mere allegation" Friday. Some have even pulled their endorsements, including Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Steve Daines, R-Mont., and Moore has lost GOP campaign funding, too. 

"These allegations are completely false and misleading," Moore told Fox News' Sean Hannity in a radio interview Friday. "I believe they are politically motivated.

"I believe they are brought only to stop a very successful campaign, and that's what they are doing. I've never known this woman."

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Henry has been ridiculed the past 36 hours for his public defense of Moore, who has been accused of sexual misconduct with an underage girl, 14, 38 years ago when he was a 32-year-old.

"You have an accuser and the accused," Henry told CNN's Cooper. "More often than not the accuser is the victim, but I do believe occasionally the accused is the victim.

"And I believe in this instance, Roy Moore is the victim. I believe he is the victim of a political hack job, and who's behind it? I don't know.

"I have no idea who paid for all of this and who will be paid for it in weeks to come."

The timing of the allegations are certainly precarious. Not only did the alleged sexual misconduct occur in 1979, but just recently the Alabama Senate ballot has been locked in by state law, as The New York Times reported.

"It is disingenuous, in my opinion, for 50-something-year-old women to come forward four weeks prior to a major senatorial election," Henry told Cooper. "One of the 100 most powerful people in the world we're going to elect in four weeks — and four weeks out we have these allegations that no one in Alabama has heard about. It surfaces.

"It just reeks of politics."

Even President Donald Trump, untimely accused by multiple women of sexual harassment and misconduct during the 2016 presidential election — which he, too, rebuked as political campaigns to discredit him — "believes that if these allegations are true, Judge Moore will do the right thing and step aside," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday.

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Henry, avoiding conflating this situation to that of other recent public sexual assault revelations and scandals, denounced victims who might have accepted hush money from sexual predators — even suggesting they should be prosecuted, according to The Hill.

"If you are part of silencing and keeping [silent] a crime, then you are culpable," Henry told CNN's Cooper, stressing he was in no way suggesting this was the case with Moore's accuser's allegations or long-time silence.

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Calling accused sexual predator Roy Moore "the victim of a political hack job," Alabama State Rep. Ed Henry, a staunch Moore campaign supporter, lashed out at Republicans in Washington as "cowards" for pulling their endorsements for the GOP Senate candidate.
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