You’re all ribbons and curls, ooh, what a girl.
Eyes that sparkle and shine.
You’re sixteen, you’re beautiful, and you’re mine.
The above is the opening verse of Ringo Starr‘s You’re Beautiful. (A cover of a song originally released by Johnny Burnette.) Monday on CNN, a Breitbart senior editor unfathomably invoked that song as part of a defense of alleged teen sex abuser Roy Moore.
Appearing on New Day, Breitbart‘s Joel Pollak made an argument he’s used before in defense of the Senate candidate, that seven of Moore’s eight accusers were at or above 16 — the legal age of consent in Alabama — at the time of the alleged incidents. New Day anchor Chris Cuomo noted that a 16-year-old Moore accuser, while above the age of the consent, would still have been extremely young to face advances from a man in his 30s.
And that was when Pollak cited the Ringo Starr number .
“You know, in 1973, Ringo Starr hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts with the song; You’re Sixteen, You’re Beautiful, and You’re Mine,” Pollak said. “And it was a remake of an earlier song. He was 30-something at the time, singing about a 16-year-old. You want to take away Ringo Starr’s achievement?”
Cuomo was visibly stunned.
“You can’t be serious,” Cuomo said, sternly. “You can’t be serious.”
“You can’t be serious,” Pollak replied.
“Oh, I’m dead serious. You think that Ringo Starr’s song is supposed to be a nod towards allowing 30-year-old men to prey on teenagers?” Cuomo said. “You don’t believe that, Joel. You’re a parent. You don’t believe that.”
Pollak did not offer a direct answer to Cuomo’s question.
“You’re also a parent,” Pollak said. “And you know when you raise sons, the risk that our sons face today, that they’re going to be exposed to accusations that may or may not be true. And that’s a new thing. You talk about raising daughters, you always worry about your daughters, the kind of risks they’re going to face. But what our sons have to worry about is what you’re talking about — where you’re lumping in allegations of illegal behavior with legal conduct. And it’s part of a campaign of character assassination that the mainstream media’s been a part of.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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