After a Washington Post report on Thursday revealed Roy Moore, a Republican candidate for Senate in Alabama, initiated sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl when he was in his early 30’s, right-wing media rushed to defend him — chief among them, Sean Hannity.
Hannity went right ahead with the time-honored strategy of immediately trying to discredit Moore’s accuser and, seemingly as a nod to Moore’s Christian theocratic beliefs, invoked the Ten Commandments:
“How do you know if it’s true? How do we — what’s true? What’s not true? How do you ascertain the truth? What happens when it’s 38 years later? It’s a serious topic, if it’s true and people act like this, it’s disgusting, it’s despicable, it’s criminal. If people — you know some people — do people lie? Now we do have Ten Commandments, one of the commandments is thou shalt not bear false witness. We know human beings break, with regularity, the other nine commandments, did they break this one?”
Moore would certainly appreciate the reference, given that when he was a lower court judge, he refused a federal order to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments that he had installed without the court’s knowledge. He was removed from office for judicial misconduct.
But Hannity was just getting started. In truth, he was only egging on his guest, Katie Hopkins, who launched into a tirade of victim-blaming, as both noted.
“You’ve taken this many years to remember how upset you used to be, that is not good enough,” Hopkins said. “You are disappointing as a woman … If you’re that tough, women, then why aren’t you, at some point, standing up for yourself?”
Hopkins directly addressed Leigh Corfman, the woman who Moore kissed and undressed when she was 14 years old, and blamed her for the difficulties women have in the workplace with men, or something:
“I am pointing my finger at her, and I’m saying to that woman, you disgust me. You spent 38 years thinking about this before you said anything, now you decide to speak. You disgust me. Because what you’re doing, woman, is you’re making it so that every other woman like me, who likes working with men, who’s happy just cracking on next to men, who actually finds men rather better to work for than women, because the sisterhood doesn’t exist — you’re making women poison to work for.
If I was employing someone now, would I employ a woman, especially if I was a man, no I would not.”
Hannity then tried to do some fence walking, saying he did believe many women who have made sexual assault allegations against men, but boiled it down to the question of knowing how to tell when a woman is telling the truth.
Listen to the exchange in the video below, captured by Media Matters for America: