Washington (CNN)On Tuesday morning, CNN's Poppy Harlow interviewed Janet Porter, a spokeswoman for Roy Moore's Senate campaign, about the accusations made by multiple women that the Alabama Republican pursued relationships with them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s. Two women have said Moore sexually abused them. Moore has denied all the allegations.
Roy Moore's 'non-accusers' and 15 other outrageous quotes on the Alabama Senate race
The interview was stunning for lots of reasons -- not the least of which is that Porter tried to make an issue out of the fact that Poppy is pregnant. Yes, that really happened!
Thanks to the indispensable David Wright, I got a transcript of the interview and picked out the most outrageous lines by Porter. And there were lots.
Uh, OK. I guess. But sort of a weird way to start an interview, no?
So, Doug Jones is anti-gun and anti-religious freedom? Worth noting: Jones has described himself as a "2nd Amendment guy" but does support enforcing the gun laws on the books more effectively.
Porter is referring to Leigh Corfman, the woman who says Moore fondled her when she was 14. Corfman's mother did tell Breitbart News that her daughter didn't have a phone in her room but added: "The phone in the house could get through to her easily."
Porter seems to be suggesting Corfman is acting?
What about the "non accusers"?!?!?!? I'll give Porter the benefit of the doubt here and assume she was referring to women who have come forward to say they had relationships with Moore as consenting teenagers (the age of consent in Alabama is 16) but allege no wrongdoing on his part. (Of course, Moore has denied knowing any of the women who have come forward so, in that, he is calling all of these women liars.)
If you don't give Porter the benefit of the doubt, then the argument she is making goes like this: Well, sure, Moore is being accused of sexually inappropriate behavior by a handful of women. But lots of women in Alabama haven't accused him of inappropriate behavior!
That is not what is at issue here, of course. Corfman was 14 when Moore allegedly abused her and, therefore, not able to legally consent. Another woman, Beverly Young Nelson, has accused Moore of sexually assaulting her when she was 16.
Not sure Porter is acquainted with the accepted definition of "everybody."
OK, so, follow this logic by Porter. Nelson, through her attorney, has said she will hand over the physical copy of the high school yearbook Moore allegedly signed if he will go in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee and testify under oath about these charges. But Moore can't do that because Al Franken, who has been accused of groping a number of women, is on the committee. Or something.
A few facts: 1) None of the women who have come forward know one another 2) None of the women initially reported by the Post sought out the news organization to tell their stories 3) They all tell very similar stories about Moore's approach to them and pursuit of relationships with them.
Porter appears to be citing a One America News Network report that Moore once sentenced a man whose brother is an editor at the Post. Case closed!
Again with this. Moore can't testify under oath about these allegations because Al Franken. Also because Gloria Allred.
Poppy cut off Porter here and said this: "Let's leave my child out of this. Let's leave my child out of this."
The real issue in this race isn't the accusations of multiple women who say Moore pursued inappropriate relationships with when they were as young as 14. The real issue is unborn children and children under threat in locker rooms. Right.
That's how Porter refers to Nelson. You should watch Nelson's news conference and decide yourself if that's a fair characterization.
Huh. I guess what Porter means here is that the Senate is tasked with confirming Supreme Court justices and Republicans can only appoint conservative judges if they control 50 or more seats. One thing: Even if Moore lost, Republicans would still have 51 seats.
"Lynch mob media!" "Democrat liberals!" "Soros!!!" That's the unholy trifecta right there.