Steve Deace: Judge Roy Moore to pursue legal action against Washington Post for hit piece

During a Twitter “storm” on Thursday, radio talk show host Steve Deace said he spoke to the wife of Judge Roy Moore, the Alabama Republican Senate candidate targeted with a scurrilous hit piece by the Washington Post.  According to Deace, they used the word “defamation” in their statement for a reason, and that is because they intend to take legal action against the Post.


The Right Scoop posted Deace’s entire message, which was spread out over several tweets:

“First, a word about timing from my perspective. I was away from my phone, and taping content for @CRTV when the story broke. It wasn’t until I checked my phone around 2:15 eastern I was even aware of the story.

A friend texted me the story, and I read every word of it. I then decided to stay off social media and spend some time gathering my thoughts until I even knew what my own thoughts were.

I also spent some time talking with a few people whose wisdom I respect. I have not communicated with the Judge, but I have his wife Kayla. Which I will get to later in this thread.

However, I wanted to lead off with the timeline of why I didn’t immediately react. Beginning with the fact I didn’t immediately see the story when it came out.”

“Then I realized the reason I was struggling to do so is I really can’t. If you have a personal stake in this either way, for or against the judge, it’s probably impossible not to have that inform your immediate reaction.

Somethings are givens: for example, adults shouldn’t have sexual contact or make sexual advances on minors/children. Period. This morality transcends politics. Or at least it should (but often sadly does not).

While the timing of this story could be political, it could also be due to the fact women who have been abused/assaulted/etc. are rightfully and currently coming forward and saying enough is enough.”

“If the accusations are true, I want the women in the story, who are somebody’s daughters just like my own, to get the justice and healing they deserve.”

This part is key (Emphasis added):

However, it also must be noted there is nothing — as far as we know now — in Judge Moore’s past that indicates this pattern of behavior is fitting of his character.

The Judge, whether you agree with him or not, has been under one of the most intense microscopes of any political figure in America the past 10-12 years.”

The post continues:

“Now, that may change, but for now the reason this story is so shocking is because it’s so out of character from what we know about the Judge. Even those who disagree with him never saw this coming.

I find it ironic those who claim the Judge doesn’t want to follow the law, now suddenly want to instantly convict him in the court of public opinion. Does he not get to mount a defense?

The Judge has issued a statement that leaves no room for a middle ground. So either he is lying, or his accusers/the Washington Post are. It’s pretty cut and dried on that front.”

Indeed…  Deace added:  “Judge Moore’s wife, Kayla, informed me today they used the word ‘defamation’ in their statement for a reason — they intend to pursue legal action against the Washington Post.”

“I would urge them to follow through on that front, for the Judge is not known for backing down easily. So if these allegations are false, then by all means they should pursue action against them with the Judge’s trademark tenacity.

If the Judge does not do so, then his detractors will justifiably point out that is also out of character for him and justifiably ask why back down now, with your credibility at stake?

And unless either the Judge or his accusers change their stories now, that is likely the only way we’ll ever really know what the truth is outside of our preconceived notions.”

Deace continued with what he called a “final, separate but applicable point,” which is that he has also behaved immorally as a youngster, “especially as it pertains to sexuality.”  He concluded by talking about his conversion and the salvation he received as a Christian.

“See, we really don’t know the truth of what happened here. None of us has the means of knowing for sure based on what we know now,” he said toward the end of his message.

Deace is correct in saying that there is nothing in Moore’s background to suggest this is true.  After all, we’re not talking about Bill Clinton, a politician with a long and sordid history.

Additionally, Moore has stood for election multiple times over the last 40 years.  Why is this only now coming out?  And let’s not forget, the Washington Post endorsed Moore’s Democrat opponent.

As it turns out, Deace isn’t the only one questioning the allegations.  Mark Levin also had questions, according to a post at the Gateway Pundit:

Mark asked his audience: How did the WaPo know there were four women, who they were, and how to contact them?… A Washington Post reporter just happens to be in Alabama talking to Roy Moore supporters… And he happens to hear what no one has reported in 38 years, no political opponents – No one… That Roy Moore, 38 years ago, made advances to teenage girls. Four of them. Now, the four girls do not know each other, they have never met. Yet the person who the Post reporter happened to run into and speak to, the person who supposedly told the reporter the story about the four girls, happened to know all four girls and how to contact them?

Naturally, the GOP establishment has essentially convicted Moore in the court of public opinion.  Among those calling for Moore to step down is John McCain, the Arizona senator who campaigns as a Republican but otherwise acts like a liberal Democrat.

Jim Hoft added:

Also, Mitch McConnell is asking Roy Moore to step aside if he is guilty of the accusations against him. But McConnell says NOTHING about Bob Menendez a sitting U.S. Senator who is on trial for corruption charges and lewd behavior with minors? Why is it that Republicans don’t demand his resignation? Isn’t it amazing that Republicans knew what to say right on cue? They are ready to recruit Luther Strange as a write-in guy.

Good question.

Deace is also correct that Moore should pursue legal action if these allegations are, in fact, false.  Granted, the bar for a public figure in defamation cases is much higher, but he should be allowed his day in court.

More and more, this whole episode is looking like a deep-state swamp job designed to hand the seat to the Democrats in an effort to hurt Donald Trump.

Worse yet, it appears to be a GOP establishment hit job…


No doubt this isn’t over by a long shot.


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