Questions have arisen concerning the veracity of a Washington Post story that broke on Thursday in which four women accused Roy Moore, the Republican candidate to represent Alabama in the U.S. Senate, of initiating sexual contact with them when they were teenagers. Washington Post reporters Stephanie McCrummen, Beth Reinhard, and Alice Crites penned “Woman says Roy Moore initiated sexual encounter when she was 14, he was 32.”
Debbie Wesson Gibson signs for Hillary Clinton
One of the four women is Debbie Wesson Gibson who, according to the Washington Post, said she was 17 in 1981 when Moore asked her out. When she told her mother that it was the then 34-year-old Moore who had asked for a date, her mother said “I’d say you were the luckiest girl in the world.” Then as now, the age of consent in Alabama is 17. While they dated for about three months, Gibson said that Moore kissed her once in his bedroom and once at a local country club. Gibson told the Washington Post, “Looking back, I’m glad nothing bad happened.” She added, “As a mother of daughters, I realize that our age difference at that time made our dating inappropriate.”
Nowhere in the article did the reporters reveal that Gibson had provided American Sign Language services to the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign in 2016. Gibson owns the Signs of Excellence interpreting company. A photo of Gibson signing in front of Clinton appears on her Facebook page. She also worked for Vice President Joe Biden during other events. Other photos on social media for her company show that she provided sign language services for Sen. Patrick Murphy and Sen. Bill Nelson, both of whom are Florida Democrats.
Gibson’s voice mail box for her phone is full. She told AL.com that she stands by her comments as reported in the Washington Post interview.
Revealing her political leanings, Gibson shared a tweet posted by candidate Doug Jones, the Democrat running against Moore. While she also linked on Twitter for a New York Magazine story titled, “Democrats have a real chance to beat Roy Moore -- they should take it.”
Also, rumors are emerging that a Washington Post reporter offered “thousands” of dollars to accuse Roy Moore.” A tweet said that the reporter’s name is “Beth.” Beth Reinhard is a member of the trio of Washington Post reporters who broke the story about Moore.
Rush Limbaugh: Get Hillary Clinton
Syndicated radio host Rush Limbaugh suggested that Roy Moore should hire Hillary Clinton to defend him during the current “bimbo eruption” in a reference to accusations leveled at Bill Clinton during his presidency. The Washington Post story claimed that one of the four women raising the accusations against him was a 14-year-old at the time and accused Moore of taking off some, but not all, of their clothes off in a sexual encounter when he was 32 years old. While reports swirled on Friday that one of his accusers is known for inventing stories, and that one of the reporters has a criminal record.
Limbaugh said on Friday, “Judge Moore, you need to hire somebody who has proven that they can make sure the charges don’t stick. Let me try that again. Judge Moore, you need to go out and you need to hire somebody who has a proven ability to destroy the women and the media coming forward with the allegations. And there is one person that stands above everybody in this regard. Their name is Hillary Clinton.”
He continued, saying, “She not only kept the governor of Arkansas in office, she kept the president of the United States in office. She ran the bimbo-eruptions operation. Any time any woman came forward and alleged sexual improprieties, sexual harassment, rape, what have you, against her own husband, she led the team that destroyed those women. And there still to this day is nobody better. And she’s available. I don’t know if you could afford her. … And I don’t know that she would take the case.”
Referring to how establishment media cover reports of sexual peccadilloes, Limbaugh said, “When the Democrats have one … you need to produce semen, you need the blue dress, you need transcripts of sexting, you need photos of people sneaking into hotel rooms like John Edwards. But when the 40-year-old childhood memories of a wacky woman and the Washington Post allege something about a Republican, all hell breaks loose.”
Limbaugh said he was “marveling” at the respect that the Democrat Party has suddenly shown for women. “What percentage of Hollywood men who have been accused of sexual harassment are Republican? What percentage? You know, I have the answer. The answer’s a big, fat zero,” he explained.
Limbaugh recalled how Hillary Clinton’s aides attacked the women who made claims about Bill Clinton. James Carville, for example, said of Paula Jones after she made a claim about Bill Clinton: “Drag a hundred-dollar bill through a trailer park and you never know what you’ll find.”
“This was during the bimbo-eruption days of the Clinton presidency, and there were no feminist attacks on James Carville, and the liberal feminist or female establishment at the time applauded James Carville because the objective was to destroy all of these women that the Bill Clinton had sexually abused or harassed,” Limbaugh said. He also recalled that the National Enquirer sat on the story that presidential a presidential hopeful, Democrat John Edwards, was cheating on his wife “with another woman and that other woman had a baby.” He said, “The National Enquirer had the story for months before anybody at the Democrat Party would even acknowledge it, before the drive-by media would even publish it. John Edwards got away with cheating on his wife in public for months because nobody believed the National Enquirer and because nobody wanted to do damage to this great, young future hope of the Democrat Party.”
Limbaugh went on to say, “Every Never Trumper alive has come out demanding that Roy Moore step aside based solely on the allegations. They don’t even question the report in the Washington Post. They take the word of a self-admitted mess of a woman and the Washington Post over the judge. ‘Innocent until proven guilty’ has flown out the window, and how long has this supposed allegation been known? It happened 40 years ago. Why wasn’t this introduced during the primaries? Notice now that it’s been introduced at a time that even if Judge Moore withdraws, there’s not much they can do but a write-in candidacy for Luther Strange.”
Meanwhile, Moore has vigorously denied the accusations and has retained support among Republicans in Alabama. His name currently remains on the ballot for the December 12 election. Unless the GOP organizes a write-in campaign, he will be the only Republican candidate for U.S. Senate. Currently, a Real Clear Politics averaging of polls shows him in the lead by 4.7 percent.
Syndicated columnist and author Ann Coulter tweeted on Friday and suggested that judgement about Moore should be reserved until he tells his side of the story.
Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.