Roy Moore campaign

Janet Porter, president of the conservative Faith2Action network, speaks in support of Roy Moore at the Cullman County Republican Party breakfast Saturday.

Sam Rolley Special to The Times

A campaigner from Ohio, stumping for Senate-hopeful Roy Moore in Cullman, blamed allegations of sexual misconduct against the candidate on forces intent on derailing Alabama conservatives in the special election.

That was the heart of an impassioned message delivered by Janet Porter, president of the conservative Faith2Action network, at the Cullman County Republican Party breakfast Saturday.

Porter told the crowd she came to Alabama to stump for Moore because she believes Moore’s values align best with conservatives throughout the country.

“I came to Alabama … because this is ground zero in the culture war for where we’re going to go in the United States of America,” she said.

“This Senate race is winner take all,” added Porter, noting that a Moore loss means big hurdles for a conservative agenda already imperiled by a razor-thin margin in the Senate.

The Moore supporter explained that losing the Senate seat up for grabs will make it harder for the Trump administration to achieve conformation for key appointments for the remainder of the president’s term. That, according to the speaker, is especially important with regard to the Supreme Court, where many conservatives believe President Donald Trump has his best opportunity to solidify a conservative legacy.

“We saw it last February, when President Trump submitted Betsy DeVoss as secretary of education—and he had to call in the vice president to break the tie,” said Porter, suggesting that opposition to DeVoss came mainly because “she’s a well-known pro-life conservative.”

The activist said Moore’s defeat would effectively eliminate any chance for President Trump to make good on his promise to nominate solid conservatives to the Supreme Court.

“The RINOs … voted with the abortion activists and it had to take the vice president to break the tie,” she added. “And if Judge Roy Moore does not win, God forbid, there will be no tie to break.”

Turning to the spate of sexual misconduct allegations against Moore, Porter advised conservative voters to be careful about jumping to conclusions based on the evidence currently circulating in the national press.

“If we were to allow … people to be tried by the court of public opinion and the media lynch mob, I guarantee you there would be some lacrosse players at Duke who would be in jail right now,” said Porter, referencing the college students falsely accused of raping erotic dancers in 2006.

Porter went on to raise questions about the character of the Moore accusers, based largely on accounts widely circulated by conservative media and the Moore campaign which refute the accuracy of the stories and hint at revenge motives born from some of the accusers’ past legal dealings with the former judge.

She noted key details of the account of Moore misconduct provided to media by Beverly Young Nelson, the woman who claims he assaulted her when she was a 15-year-old waitress at Gadsden’s Olde Hickory House barbecue restaurant, was questioned by former employees and regulars at the restaurant. Porter also claimed Nelson and her legal team, led by high-profile lawyer Gloria Allred, have yet to sufficiently refute charges that a yearbook Moore allegedly signed during an encounter with the then-teenage Nelson is a forgery.

Porter likened the national media’s handling of the accusations against Moore to coverage of President Trump following his electoral victory last year.

“For one full year, we saw the lynch mob media try to negate the results of the presidential election—and it was ‘Russia, Russia, Russia,’” she said. “Now, it’s fabrication, falsehood and forgery.”

On Dec. 12, Porter said, it will be Alabama Republicans who have to make the decision whether to support Moore, in spite of the accusations against him, or hazard sending Democrat Doug Jones to the Senate.


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