Alabama’s Senate race will be decided today, pitting conservative GOP candidate Roy Moore against liberal Democratic candidate Doug Jones. Alabamans would traditionally lean toward the Republican candidate, but allegations of sexual misconduct have been piled on Moore, leading to a tight race.
In the week leading up to the election, a number of top evangelical leaders have voiced their support for Moore, in spite of the allegations he’s facing.
Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University, posted a message of support for Moore on Monday, including lyrics from the Lynyrd Skynyrd hit, “Sweet Home Alabama.”
He wrote: “AL voters are too smart to let the media & Estab Repubs & Dems tell them how to vote. I hope the spirit of Lynyrd Skynyrd is alive/well in AL. ‘A southern man don’t need them around anyhow & Watergate does not bother me, does your conscience bother you, tell me [email protected]'”
AL voters are too smart to let the media & Estab Repubs & Dems tell them how to vote. I hope the spirit of Lynyrd Skynyrd is alive/well in AL. “A southern man don’t need them around anyhow & Watergate does not bother me, does your conscience bother you, tell me true?@MooreSenate
— Jerry Falwell (@JerryFalwellJr) December 12, 2017
Rev. Billy Graham’s son, Franklin Graham, who is the president of humanitarian aid organization Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, tweeted Tuesday: “Praying for Roy Moore.”
Praying for Roy Moore.
— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) December 12, 2017
As reported by The Hill, last month, Graham tweeted: “The hypocrisy of Washington has no bounds. So many denouncing Roy Moore when they are guilty of doing much worse than what he has been accused of supposedly doing. Shame on those hypocrites.”
The hypocrisy of Washington has no bounds. So many denouncing Roy Moore when they are guilty of doing much worse than what he has been accused of supposedly doing. Shame on those hypocrites.
— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) November 17, 2017
Also last month, during an interview with the Charlotte Observer, Graham was asked if he believes the allegations of sexual misconduct against Moore.
“I don’t know these women,” Graham replied. “All I know is he’s been [in] public service all of these years — 40 years — and a month before the election these women [have come forward].”
Graham continued: “And I talked to Roy Moore, I asked him. He said, ‘I don’t even know them.’ So, I don’t know.”
President Donald J. Trump has also backed Moore, tweeting multiple endorsements, recording a robocall and speaking for the candidate. Trump emphasized Jones will be a liberal “puppet” and that Moore will vote in favor of the conservative policies needed to make America great again.
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