People in Alabama Knew Attacks on Roy Moore Were Coming, Writer Says

Senate race had been a sure thing for Republican until allegations of sexual assault were reported in The Washington Post

The Left was always going to come at Alabama Republican Roy Moore with everything they had, a conservative author told Laura Ingraham Wednesday night on “The Ingraham Angle.”

Moore, a former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice and now GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate, has been accused of having relations with a 14-year-old girl and assaulting a 17-year-old when he was in his early 30s — more than 30 years ago.

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The charges have upended the race to replace Jeff Sessions. The special election is December 12, and Moore faces liberal Democrat Doug Jones. The race has already distressed Alabama voters, writer Quin Hillyer told Laura Ingraham on Fox News Wednesday night.

“I think there’s a very large number of Alabamians who wish we had another choice right now,” said Hillyer (pictured above, with Ingraham). “I would say certainly a plurality of Alabamians are unhappy that we face this uncertain and tawdry election when we haven’t had time to get to the bottom of things. We don’t know what the truth is. This is not a good situation.”

Moore has firmly denied that he ever did anything improper with a 14-year-old, saying he never even met the accuser. He’s also denied the allegation of sexual assault.

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The race had otherwise been seen as a safe bet for Republicans, but some polls show Moore now losing. President Donald Trump has declined so far to call for Moore to step out of the race, possibly delaying the special election.

On Tuesday, Trump said, “We don’t need a liberal person in there,” and he noted that the allegations have been “totally” denied by Moore.

Hillyer, a Never-Trump conservative, said Trump deserves the credit for the booming economy.

Ingraham noted that she supported Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) in the Republican primary. Moore easily defeated Brooks.

“The Republican voters in Alabama did choose Roy Moore,” said Hillyer. “When they chose Roy Moore, they knew that the Left would be coming at him with everything they had … Whether it was true or not, we knew it was coming.”

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Hillyer, a Never-Trump conservative, said Trump deserves the credit for the booming economy.

“Of course, I’m grateful that Hillary Clinton is not president,” said Hillyer. “I never wanted her … I still remain a critic of Trump personally. I think his tweets are not refreshing. I think they are horrendous. But you mentioned the economy, and while I think it’s foolish to give him all the credit for the good economy, it would also be absolutely unfair not to give him a significant amount of credit for the economy.”

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