Trump's America: Where a white supremacist is only the second-worst part of your political rally.
The cruel absurdity of Donald Trump’s reality never takes a day off, including Tuesday, which saw Trump’s White House double down on his endorsement of accused pedophile Judge Roy Moore even as it acknowledged the credibility of the accusations against him.
In a particularly tone-deaf touch, noted by at least one astute Twitter user, Moore’s campaign advertised the event on Facebook as “Kid Friendly”:
The “Kid Friendly” notation is grimly ironic, given the accusations against Moore, but even notwithstanding that fact, it is difficult to fathom what could be “kid friendly” about an event headlined by a white supremacist.
During one particularly telling part of his speech, Bannon excoriated former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney for avoiding service in Vietnam:
BANNON: Mitt, here’s how it is, brother: The college deferments, we can debate that — but you hid behind your religion. You went to France to be a missionary while guys were dying in rice paddies in Vietnam. […]
You had five sons, not one day of service in Afghanistan and Iraq. … Where were the Romneys during those wars?
But Bannon’s critique of Romney is salient in one respect. Despite Romney’s current stance, he willingly sat through the humiliating exercise of interviewing for Trump’s Cabinet, and his own niece currently chairs the Republican National Committee, which has happily hopped back on the Moore train at Trump’s behest.
As terrible as Roy Moore and Steve Bannon are, they are being enabled and aided by an entire political party that would rather elect an accused child molester than stand up for what is right. If Moore isn’t “kid friendly” — and he definitely is not — then neither are they.