Despite those who claimed Roy Moore would win the Alabama Senate Election on December 12, the Republican candidate lost to Democratic rival Doug Jones. Despite the endorsements of prominent Republicans like President Trump and Breitbart executive chairman Steve Bannon, Moore was a highly flawed and controversial candidate.
For starters, he faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct with underage girls as young as 14 years old. Despite conservatives who dismissed the accounts as fake news and despite Beverly Nelson, an accuser who later admitted to forging a key piece of evidence which allegedly supported her claims, many Americans were revolted by the accusations against Moore. Moore has also been quoted as saying that removing amendments following the 10th would solve problems, which is patently absurd. As a result, a deep red Alabama elected a Democrat to represent them in the United States Senate.
However, instead of conceding with class, Roy Moore has taken a different path. Even after all the news networks declared Doug Jones as the winner, even after Jones’ victory speech, Moore still refused to accept his loss. Instead, he went on stage, claiming “it’s not over,” “let’s find out what the situation is,” and urged his supporters to trust in God.” Many Jones supporters and Moore critics took to social media, slamming Moore, and affirming that “God” had already decided. Thankfully, Alabama Republican party leaders have declared the Senate race officially ove even if Roy Moore won't.
Interestingly enough, many people noted the correlation between Moore’s refusal to concede and Hillary Clinton’s refusal to concede (at first) after being beaten by President Trump. Moore’s “let’s find out what the situation is” is eerily reminiscent of Clinton’s infamous “What Happened.” However, Clinton did come around in the end and deliver a proper concession speech to her supporters. Hopefully, Roy Moore himself will accept “God’s ruling” and do the same. Thus far, there have been no indications of any plans for him to do this. He is being referred to as a sore loser by many of his critics.
Sometime before yesterday’s election, reports of Moore’s 2011 endorsement of the removal of Constitutional amendments following the 10th surfaced. Seeing as amendments after the 10th prohibit slavery, voting discrimination, allow women to vote, enforce term limits, and more, many Americans did not take too kindly to Moore’s dismissal of these fundamental American values.
“That [removing the aforementioned amendments] would eliminate many problems,” declared Moore. “You know people don't understand how some of these amendments have completely tried to wreck the form of government that our forefathers intended.”
Despite Moore’s remarks, one of his campaign representatives put a different spin on his words:
“Once again, the media is taking a discussion about the overall framework for the separation of powers as laid out in the constitution to twist Roy Moore's position on specific issues. Roy Moore does not now nor has he ever favored limiting an individual's right to vote, and as a judge, he was noted for his fairness and for being a champion of civil rights. Judge Moore has expressed concern, as many other conservatives have, that the historical trend since the ratification of the Bill of Rights has been for federal empowerment over state empowerment.”
Since Moore’s downfall, Republicans have asserted that nominating Moore as a representative of the GOP was a bad idea. After all, hindsight is always 20/20. Even President Trump, who strongly supported Moore during his campaign suggested this in a series of tweets earlier this morning:
“The reason I originally endorsed Luther Strange (and his numbers went up mightily), is that I said Roy Moore will not be able to win the General Election. I was right! Roy worked hard but the deck was stacked against him!”
The possibility of loss is always a factor when entering an election. In politics, the notion of both candidates running hard-fought campaigns and then the loser conceding to the winner is alive and well. Thus far, Moore appears unable to recognize that he will not be representing Alabamians in the Senate. Despite acknowledgments from voters, mainstream media, and even the President, Moore has yet to deliver an acceptable concession speech. It speaks volumes about his character, and quite frankly, it proves that Alabama’s overall decision to vote against Moore was the right call.
Democrats, Republicans, and the President of the United States have accepted that Roy Moore lost the Alabama Senate election. Now, it is time for Roy Moore to accept that he lost. The longer he waits to concede, the worse he looks. For someone who has worked in politics for decades, Moore is definitely not doing himself any favors.