Battle Of Ideologies: Important Things To Know About The Alabama Senate Race
By: Kayla Pasacreta
There's a good chance you've heard something about the Alabama Senate race already. Donald Trump endorsed Republican Luther Strange over Judge Roy Moore, and was handed a big embarrassment when the candidate he backed lost the primary. Donald immediately deleted all of his tweets in support of Luther Strange, and tweeted a big congratulations for Roy Moore. The election seem to take a major turn when Leigh Corfman opened the floodgates for women to share their stories of being sexually pursued by a 30-year-old Roy Moore when they were just teenagers. Roy Moore seemed to initially be taking a major hit in the polls, but a recent poll has him up by 4 points.
Alabama is known for its southern roots, and despite the major progression of the country, it is still home to a lot of racists who have made room for people like Roy Moore and Luther Strange to be serious contenders as representatives in the Senate.
Allow me introduce to you (HOV VOICE!) to Roy Moore, who may be headed to a seat in the Senate. The media often crowns him as a "firebrand", but a more accurate nickname would be bigot. He said homosexuality should be illegal, and lost his seat as an Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice for refusing to issue marriage certificates to gay couples. He even said Muslims shouldn't be allowed in Congress and insists that 9/11 is "God's punishment" for human sin. At a rally last month, he called Native-Americans and Asians 'reds and yellows'. Like Trump, he praises Putin (he loves his stance on gay marriage), And, to put the icing on the cake, he's apart of the Birther Movement that insists Barack Obama is not a U.S. citizen. On November 9th, Leigh Corfman made a detailed statement to the Washington Post, explaining Moore forcibly removed her clothes and touched his private parts. Since this report, prominent Republicans like Mitt Romney and John McCain have called for Moore to drop out of the race. Nevertheless, Moore is not backing down. Just a week before the election, he responded to a question about the last time America was great by saying, "I think it (slavery) was a great time when families were united - even though it was when we had slavery."
However, he's still taken seriously by the Republican Party and enjoys an endorsement from the President of the United States. Perhaps securing their majority in the Senate is more important than condemning such a radically, divisive candidate. This might be a summary of 2017 Republican politics - in the age of Trump; anything is possible. Major Republican figures like Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan have focused more on getting behind the unconventional candidate instead of offering up critiques for their problematic statements and views. 2017 is truly the year of putting party over country, right?
And still, the Democratic candidate Doug Jones is behind in most polls. Jones is most-well known for serving as U.S. attorney and prosecuting KKK members Frank Cherry and Thomas Blanton, the orchestrators behind the Birmingham bombing that killed four black school girls. Despite his record and experience, winning the traditionally Republican state will be no easy feat. Jones is running on the message of upholding American values, "I believe the United States of America is a land of laws, justice, freedom, equality, and opportunity." Is Jones' message enough to win the seat that a Democrat hasn't won since 1990?
Because of the gray area in polling, polls may not be the greatest indicator of how the election should go. However, they should still be seriously considered. The Voter turn-out for the Republican candidate will be an interesting test of how the Trump White House is shaping Republican voter turn out - will voters start to stray away from the seemingly dysfunctional party or continue to cling to it? Will Republicans choose morality over party, or nah? Though Roy Moore certainly receives controversy and disapproval from many, his "outspoken" flare and disregard for political correctness draws people to him. Sound familiar?