During an interview with Anderson Cooper of CNN on Thursday evening, a spokeswoman for Roy Moore confirms that she believes the nine sexual misconduct allegations against Moore are the result of a massive conspiracy involving a comically diverse array of people and institutions.
During the interview, Cooper pointed out to spokeswoman Janet Porter that Moore’s campaign has “blamed an awful lot of people for the accusations being made by women against Moore.” Late last month, Moore released an ad claiming that the “false allegations” against him — which include credible accounts of child molestation and sexual assault — are “a scheme by liberal elites and the Republican establishment to protect their big government trough.”
Cooper told Porter that he’s heard Moore and his supporters “blame Doug Jones, George Soros, the DNC, Mitch McConnell, mainstream Republicans, the Washington Post, the ‘lynch mob media’ as you’ve called them, homosexuals, transgender people, and criminals” for manufacturing the allegations against him.
“Can you just explain to me how all these people got together and came up with this plot against Roy Moore?” Cooper asked. “Because that’s a pretty huge group, and I don’t know if there’s like a conference call that like Mitch McConnell and radical homosexuals are on, but it’d be fascinating to hear that.”
Porter didn’t deny that Cooper accurately portrayed what she takes to be the Moore campaign’s theory of the case.
“When you have false allegations that are generated by the Washington Post, there’s tends to be a pile-on — that’s how a lynch mob works,” she said.
During the same interview, Porter suggested that homosexuality is akin to sexual predation, claimed that “if you want to talk about protecting women, then we need to run from Roy Moore’s opponent,” repeatedly dodged questions about whether Moore still thinks Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison shouldn’t serve in Congress because he’s Muslim (Moore recently indicated he still does), and wouldn’t say if Moore if still a birther (though she did cite President Trump’s birtherism as justification for Moore’s).
At the end of the interview, Cooper asked her, “Does [Moore] still believe that the U.S. is the focus of evil in the world because of same-sex marriage?” Porter didn’t deny that he does.
“You can ridicule Biblical beliefs if you want,” she replied.
Porter’s widely panned performance on Cooper’s show came a day after she made headlines during an interview with CNN’s Poppy Marlow. Porter began that interview by suggesting that Moore’s Democratic opponent, Doug Jones, supports killing Marlow’s unborn child.
“Thank you, it is great to be with you, and by the way, congratulations on your unborn child,” Porter said to host Poppy Marlow, who is pregnant. “That’s the reason I came down as a volunteer to speak for Judge Roy Moore, because he stands for the rights of babies like yours in the womb, where his opponent will support killing them until the moment of birth.”
Porter’s claim was false. Under Roe vs. Wade, national abortion policy does not permit the procedure past the point of viability, which occurs far before “the moment of birth.” And though Jones is pro-choice, he made clear during a recent interview with AL.com that he supports Alabama’s existing abortion laws, which ban most later abortions.