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Just four days to go before a closely watched special election to fill Alabama’s open U.S. Senate seat, President Donald Trump urged voters to turn out for Republican Roy Moore and took his support a step further, pointedly mocking one of the women who has accused Moore of sexual misconduct.
Speaking at a rally in Pensacola, Fla., just miles from the Alabama border, Trump repeated his support for Moore, a controversial former judge who has been shunned by most mainstream Republicans after multiple women came forward to accuse him of pursuing them romantically when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s.
Among the accusers is Beverly Young Nelson, who has accused Moore of groping her when she was just 16 and he was 30. The encounter came after Moore, who was then a district attorney in Gadsden, Ala., offered the woman a ride home. As proof, Nelson had pointed to an inscription she said Moore left in her yearbook a week or two before the alleged assault, but on Friday, she acknowledged she had written a few of the words under the inscription—specifically the date (“12-22-77”) and location (“Old Hickory House”).
On Friday, Moore, who has denied any wrongdoing and denied knowing Nelson or any of his accusers, used the admission to attack Nelson on Twitter—insisting that she had admitted to “lying.”
Hours later, Trump picked up the charge, bringing up the yearbook and attacking Nelson’s attorney Gloria Allred, who has also represented several women who have accused Trump of sexual misconduct.
“Did you see what happened today? You know the yearbook? Did you see that? There was a little mistake made! She started writing things in the yearbook! Oh what are we going to do,” Trump said, adding, “Gloria Allred. Every time you see her, you know something’s going wrong.”
In remarks that took up only a few minutes of a nearly hour-and-a-half-long speech mostly reprising familiar themes from his campaign and post-inauguration rallies, Trump made a plea for Alabamans to turn out for Moore, arguing the “future of the country” is at risk if Republicans lose another seat in the Senate. He attacked Doug Jones, Moore’s Democratic opponent, describing him as a “liberal Democrat who is completely controlled by Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.”
“He is their total puppet and everybody knows it. He will never ever vote for us,” Trump said. “We need somebody in that Senate seat who will vote for our ‘Make America Great’ agenda… So get out and vote for Roy Moore. Do it do it.”
Why would anyone vote for Roy Moore, given the recent accusations against him of sexually inappropriate behavior with young girls? Patrick Buchanan argues the stakes are simply too high not to do so.
By Patrick Buchanan
Why would Christian conservatives in good conscience go to the polls Dec. 12 and vote for Judge Roy Moore, despite the charges of sexual misconduct with teenagers leveled against him? Answer: That Alabama Senate race could determine whether Roe v. Wade is overturned. The lives of millions of unborn may be the stakes.
Republicans now hold 52 Senate seats. If Democrats pick up the Alabama seat, they need only two more to recapture the Senate, and with it the power to kill any conservative court nominee, as they killed Robert Bork.
Today, the GOP, holding Congress and the White House, has a narrow path to capture the Third Branch, the Supreme Court, and to dominate the federal courts for a decade. For this historic opportunity, the party can thank two senators, one retired, the other still sitting.
The first is former Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.
In 2013, Harry exercised the “nuclear option,” abolishing the filibuster for President Barack Obama’s judicial nominees. The Senate no longer needed 60 votes to confirm judges. Fifty-one Senate votes could cut off debate and confirm.
Iowa’s Chuck Grassley warned Harry against stripping the minority of its filibuster power. Such a move may come back to bite you, he told Harry. Grassley is now judiciary committee chairman.
And this year a GOP Senate voted to use the nuclear option to shut down a filibuster of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, who was then confirmed with 55 votes.
Yet the Democratic minority still had one card to play to block President Trump’s nominees—the “blue slip courtesy.”
If a senator from the state where a federal judicial nominee resides asks for a hold on proceedings, by not returning a blue slip, the judiciary committee has traditionally honored that request and not held hearings.
Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota used the blue slip to block the Trump nomination of David Stras of Minnesota to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Franken calls Stras too ideological, too conservative.
But Grassley has now decided to reject the blue slip courtesy for appellate court judges, since their jurisdiction is not just over a single state like Minnesota, but over an entire region.
Thus have the skids been greased for a conservative recapture of the federal judiciary unseen since the early days of FDR.
Eighteen of the 179 seats on the U.S. appellate courts and 119 of the 677 seats on federal district courts are already open. More will be opening up. No president in decades has seen the opportunity Trump has to remake the federal judiciary.
Not only are the federal court vacancies almost unprecedented, a GOP Senate and Trump are working in harness to fill them before January 2019, when a new Congress is sworn in.
If Republicans blow this opportunity, it is unlikely to come again. For the Supreme Court has seemed within Republican grasp before, only to have it slip away because of presidential errors.
Nixon had four nominees to the Supreme Court confirmed and Gerald Ford saw his nominee, John Paul Stevens, unanimously confirmed. But of those five justices confirmed from 1969 to 1976, Stevens and Harry Blackmun joined the liberal bloc, and Chief Justice Warren Burger and Lewis Powell voted for Roe v. Wade.
Of Reagan’s three Supreme Court nominees confirmed, Sandra Day O’Connor and Anthony Kennedy cast crucial votes in 5-4 decisions to defeat the strict constructionists led by Antonin Scalia.
George H.W. Bush named Clarence Thomas to the court, but only after he had elevated David Souter, who also joined the liberal bloc.
Hence, both Trump, by whom he nominates, and a Republican Senate, with its power to confirm with 51 votes, are indispensable if we are to end judicial dictatorship in America.
And 2018 is the crucial year.
While Democrats, with 25 Senate seats at risk, would seem to be facing more certain losses than the GOP, with one-third as many seats at stake, history teaches that the first off-year election of Trump could prove a disaster.
The Democrat-pushed accusations against Roy Moore are beginning to backfire.
Just this week President Trump endorsed Moore and dismissed the accusations.
And now one of the accusers just lost all credibility after being shut down by the last person she expected.
Beverly Young Nelson claimed Roy Moore sexually assaulted her when she was a 16-year-old high school student.
It didn’t take long for doubt to be cast on her accusations.
The first red flag was her attorney, Gloria Allred, who is infamous for her radical feminist activism.
And now to make matters worse, Nelson’s former boyfriend, who is a minister in Thailand, says he thinks she’s lying.
A classmate of Nelson said that the two dated around 1977, which may match up with the timeframe that Nelson stated Moore had sexually assaulted her.
As reported by Breitbart:
“A MINISTER WHO SAYS THAT HE DATED BEVERLY YOUNG NELSON AT AROUND THE SAME TIME THAT YOUNG CLAIMS TO HAVE BEEN ASSAULTED BY SENATORIAL CANDIDATE ROY MOORE SAYS THAT HE DOES NOT BELIEVE HIS EX-GIRLFRIEND ABOUT THE ALLEGATIONS.
THE FORMER BOYFRIEND, JEFF DEVINE, ATTENDED HIGH SCHOOL WITH YOUNG AND IS CURRENTLY IN THAILAND, WHERE HE RUNS DEVINE MINISTRIES WITH HIS WIFE AND TWIN DAUGHTERS. HE SAYS THAT AS PART OF HIS MINISTRY, WHICH FOCUSES ON RESCUING CHILDREN, HE HAS WORKED WITH VICTIMS OF RAPE AND OTHER TRAUMA.
A HIGH SCHOOL CLASSMATE OF NELSON’S WHO SPOKE TO BREITBART NEWS REMEMBERS DEVINE AND NELSON BRIEFLY DATING AROUND 1977. DEVINE ALSO PROVIDED A COPY OF HIS HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOK INSCRIBED WITH A LENGTHY MESSAGE BY NELSON. THE INSCRIPTION WAS SIGNED BY “BEVERLY YOUNG,” USING NELSON’S MAIDEN NAME.
DEVINE’S COMMENTS MARK THE SECOND TIME A PERSON WHO HAS KNOWN NELSON HAS GONE PUBLIC TO CALL HER ALLEGATIONS AGAINST MOORE INTO QUESTION. LAST WEEK, NELSON’S STEPSON, DARREL NELSON, CLAIMED IN A BREITBART NEWS INTERVIEW THAT HIS STEPMOTHER’S ACCUSATIONS ARE “ONE HUNDRED PERCENT A LIE.”
BEVERLY YOUNG NELSON, 55, GAVE A PRESS CONFERENCE LAST WEEK AT WHICH SHE CLAIMED THAT MOORE SEXUALLY ASSAULTED HER IN A CAR IN DECEMBER 1977 OR EARLY JANUARY 1978 WHEN SHE WAS A 16-YEAR-OLD HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT. NELSON SAID THE ALLEGED ASSAULT TOOK PLACE OUTSIDE A RESTAURANT IN GADSDEN, ALA., WHERE SHE SAYS THAT SHE WORKED AS A WAITRESS. NELSON IS BEING REPRESENTED BY CONTROVERSIAL ATTORNEY AND WOMEN’S RIGHTS ADVOCATE GLORIA ALLRED.
ASKED ABOUT THE ALLEGATIONS, DEVINE STATED, “NO, I DON’T BELIEVE IT.””
This isn’t the first person close to Nelson who has doubted her claims.
Her stepson, Darrel Nelson, recently came out calling her claims, “one hundred percent a lie.”
Someone who worked at the Olde Hickory House, where Nelson allegedly worked at, also claims her story doesn’t seem consistent.
“I WAS A WAITRESS AT THE OLDE HICKORY HOUSE DURING THE SUMMER OF 1977, BEFORE MY SENIOR YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL. WHEN I HEARD BEVERLY NELSON’S STORY THE FIRST THING THAT STUCK OUT TO ME WAS THAT I DON’T REMEMBER ROY MOORE EVER COMING INTO THE RESTAURANT. I ALSO DON’T REMEMBER HER WORKING THERE.”