Pedophiles who commit crimes against children should be condemned. Such is the message of White House director of legislative affairs Marc Short on Sunday as he said there’s “no Senate seat more important than the notion of child pedophilia.”
Short made the statement in reference to the controversy of sexual abuse allegations against Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore. A 53-year-old woman accused Moore of initiating sexual contact with her, almost four decades ago, in 1979 when she was just 14 and Moore was 32. Three other women have also claimed that Moore made the same attempts at them when they were between the ages of 16 and 18.
The White House director of legislative affairs said “there’s a special place in hell for people who actually perpetrate these crimes. If more evidence comes out that can prove he did this, then, by all means, he should be disqualified.”
Short clarified, however, that while he condemns pedophilia, he also believes that Moore is entitled to a presumption of innocence and that he has a right to defend himself against allegations of sexual misconduct involving teens.
Short said: “He has not been proven guilty, we have to afford him the chance to defend himself.”
Moore has so far denied the allegations, describing them as “completely false”, and even hinting that they are nothing but part of a smear campaign against him.
Short supported Moore’s right to defend himself. He also said the choice of electing him or not given the allegations made should be left entirely to Alabama voters.
President Trump has endorsed Moore’s primary opponent, Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.).
Short emphasized that ultimately the will of the Alabama people will prevail. He said: “The people in Alabama know Ray Moore better than we do in D.C. We have to be very cautious of allegations that are 40 years old that arise a month before Election Day. “