Anderson Cooper opened tonight’s AC360 by facing off with an Alabama state representative who made some curious comments about the allegations against Roy Moore.
This is what Ed Henry said, in part, when asked about Moore by a local paper:
“If they believe this man is predatory, they are guilty of allowing him to exist for 40 years,” he added. “I think someone should prosecute and go after them. You can’t be a victim 40 years later, in my opinion.”
Henry told Cooper he finds it “disingenuous in my opinion for 50-something-year-old women to come forward 4 weeks prior to a major senatorial election” and make these allegations because “it reeks of politics.”
He definitively told Cooper, “I am making the decision personally that I do not believe them.”
As for that quote about “prosecuting” the women, Henry insisted people are twisting his remarks, telling Cooper “you and others like you are going to demagogue.” Cooper told Henry it seems like he’s “backtracking.”
Cooper asked, “You’re not saying any of these women should be prosecuted because they remained silent and you’re not saying that they are accomplices?”
Henry said, “No. That is not the context of the conversation.”
He went on to defend Roy Moore as “the victim… of a political hack job.” Cooper asked him if he thinks this is a “liberal plot.” Henry said it’s “absolutely political.”
He even claimed that the “only reason” this is coming out is to “suppress voters on the Republican ticket on December the 12th.”
Cooper asked him if Moore should resign if the allegations are true. Henry responded by saying “a frog doesn’t have wings” and that this is a “foolish” question.
When Cooper brought up the Republicans who distanced themselves from Moore––including the senators who un-endorsed him––Henry called them “cowards.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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