Earlier today, in the wake of the Washington Post’s bombshell report about allegations that Roy Moore initiated sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32, another explosive accusation was directed at the Alabama GOP Senate candidate. In this instance, a woman came forward to say that Moore tried to rape her when she was 16. She also showed her high school yearbook that Moore had signed back then.
In a CNN discussion about these latest allegations, CNN contributor Margaret Hoover found herself absolutely exasperated with a Moore supporter who not only offered up a bunch of defenses for the ex-Alabama judge, but also talked down to her at one point.
With host Erin Burnett moderating the conversation, Christian Colation of Alabama president Randy Brinson got things going by saying that while he has talked to Christian schools about dealing with sexual harassment and abuse, he feels that on the other hand, we need to make sure people are “not falsely accused.
“They confirmed. Her mother was there for a custody hearing,” Burnett exclaimed. “The Washington Post confirmed the information. All of this work was done. Unless I go back in a time capsule, you’re not going to believe it?”
“No, I’m not saying that,” Brinson responded. “We have to be careful how we accuse people. What is the ulterior motive here? There’s political forces behind this to gin up all this stuff.”
Hoover jumped in, noting that at this point, “if you don’t believe these women, it’s because you don’t want to, and if you don’t want to, that’s probably for political reasons as well.”
Regarding Moore signing a high school yearbook, Brinson was asked what further evidence did he want. The Moore supporter said that it was “extremely problematic” but likely exhibited just “poor judgment.” He added that he wondered how a 16-year-old girl could leave a restaurant with a grown man and nobody would notice it.
From there, it only went downhill, with both Burnett and Hoover going at it with Brinson. At the end of the segment, Hoover and Brinson really went at it, leading to one back-and-forth in which Brinson said he “went to bat” for those assaulted on college campuses. “I never saw you go to a college,” he told Hoover, causing her to smile and laugh.
Watch the whole tense exchange above, via CNN.
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