Saturday February 22, 2020

No Moore shall they part

Roy Moore is accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl. He is also currently leading the polls to be the next Senator of Alabama, and Donald Trump and the Republican Party are both still backing him to the hilt. Welcome to politics, American-style, in the year 2017

12th November, 2017
Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for Alabama's US senate seat, is unlikely to withdraw from the race despite allegations he once sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl Pic: Getty

In 1983, Edwin Edwards, the flamboyant Democratic governor of Louisiana, quipped: “The only way I can lose this election is if I’m caught in bed with a dead girl or live boy.” Neither scenario came to pass and he was, as he predicted, elected by a landslide.

Over the years, his remark has been adapted as a metaphor for local Southern politics, where powerful local interests and deep partisan divides dictate that...

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