Roy Moore supporter compares sexual assault of a 14-year-old to stealing a lawnmower

On the same day that Senate’s top Republican said he believes the allegations of sexual misconduct against Senate candidate Roy Moore, one of the Alabama Republican’s supporters offered a bizarre defense.

Brandon Moseley of the Alabama Reporter appeared on CNN Monday to say that Moore’s inappropriate sexual behavior with teenage girls when he was in his 30’s happened so long ago that it was no longer an issue. And according to “the code of Alabama” it would only have been a misdemeanor. Moseley noted that the statute of limitations had been up since 1986 — as if that meant he was suddenly absolved — and tried to use claims that President Barack Obama and Bill Clinton had done drugs when they were younger as a defense.

Moseley claimed that if the U.S. didn’t elect anyone who had ever done something wrong, neither would have been president, but that wasn’t even his most egregious and disturbing defense of Moore.

“If (Moore) had stolen a lawnmower at age 21, would that be a reason not to elect him 50 years later?” Moseley said, comparing starting sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl to stealing a lawnmower.

Senate Majority Leader, Republican Senator Mitch McConnell said on Monday, “I believe the women, yes,” when asked about the Washington Post story detailing how Moore, now 70, engaged in sexual activities with teenage girls when he was in his 30s. McConnell also added that Moore should end his campaign for Senate against Democrat Doug Jones. The special election is next month.