Statement of NOW President Toni Van Pelt:
Roy Moore should drop out of the race for Alabama’s open U.S. Senate seat, following reports that Moore made sexual advances toward teenage girls.
We already knew that Moore was a despicable, misogynist candidate; his sexist, homophobic, racist remarks have gone above and beyond the hateful rhetoric that has become standard among conservative politicians.
But these allegations top all of that–crossing the boundary from hateful words to predatory behavior. This would have been disturbing enough, but let us not forget the victims were just children. The layers of Moore’s cruelty runs deep.
We said it about Harvey Weinstein, and we’ll say it again: sexual predators must be removed from positions of power. The U.S. Senate–as it mulls policies with direct implications for women, including sexual assault survivors–is no place for Roy Moore. This dangerous man needs to drop out of the race, before any more damage is done to women.
M.E. Ficarra, firstname.lastname@example.org, 951-547-1241