Alabama voters are deciding Tuesday whether Democrat Doug Jones or embattled Republican Roy Moore will represent them in the U.S. Senate.
Moore, of course, heads into the special election still encumbered by numerous allegations of past sexual misconduct towards teenage girls, as well as many of his controversial takes on slavery, gay marriage, Russia and the constitution — not to mention the two times he was removed from the Alabama Supreme Court for his religious fundamentalism.
Jones, on the other hand, is a former federal prosecutor who secured convictions for KKK members and the Olympic Park bomber, and has a background in advocating for civil rights. Somehow, many polls showed the two candidates tied or Moore with a slight edge as election day approached.
Moore added to the national spectacle the special election has become by arriving to his polling station on horseback — something he apparently does every time there is an election.
Yes. Moore scheduled a stunt whereby he would ride on his horse Sassy to the fire station where he planned to vote for himself. He was joined by his wife, also on horseback.
And don’t think that Moore and Sassy would trot down the street to get to the polling station. Based on the news footage, Moore clearly wanted to be seen galloping through the supposed wilds of Alabama.
National and international media awaiting Roy Moore to cast his ballot at the Gallant Fire Department. The Republican U.S. Senate candidate is expected to arrive on a horse at 10am. pic.twitter.com/6eShvMuMQg
— Stoney Sharp (@StoneySharp3340) December 12, 2017
Here’s a closer look:
Here is Roy Moore arriving to vote on horseback. pic.twitter.com/nwtWPFGfsI
— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) December 12, 2017
A bewildered Twitter had a field day with the bizarre sight and the resulting media coverage:
MSNBC lost their shot of Roy Moore on the horse for about 30 seconds, resulting in a shaky shot of the ground filmed by someone running, and two studio shots of people gazing into the middle distance. "Oh, there he is! They found him again!"
— Katherine Miller (@katherinemiller) December 12, 2017
Riding in from the 1950's.
— jenn Simonson (@jennigirl38) December 12, 2017
CNN just announced, “Judge Roy Moore will go to the polls to vote today, as he always does, riding in his trusted steed Sassy.” Cuomo could hardly contain himself after those words escaped his lips.????????????
— ????SkepticalWriter???? (@skepticalwriter) December 12, 2017
Screw you, Roy Moore, and the horse you ro-
Nah, too easy.
— Greg Hogben (@MyDaughtersArmy) December 12, 2017
The media is showing roy moore riding on a horse named Sassy in Greasy Cove. The door is wide open for colorful comments but I'm not entering ????
— Pea Jay (@Peezey33) December 12, 2017
Roy Moore, dressed like Howdy Doody, is riding his horse “Sassy” to the polling place. Will he pull out his tiny toy gun too?
— Bringing Hanukkah Back! (@jerweber) December 12, 2017
In fairness to Roy Moore, he has to ride a horse to the polling station because the road goes within 100ft of the mall
— Fred Delicious (@Fred_Delicious) December 12, 2017
Roy Moore had to ride a horse to the polls because his unmarked Ford Aerostar van is in the shop
— Jason O. Gilbert (@gilbertjasono) December 12, 2017
Just in case no one has already said it, "f— him and the horse he rode in on."
— John Robinson (@esswoofie) December 12, 2017
I’m no cowgirl, but Roy Moore rides a horse like an unsecured bag of Jell-o!!
— GrandmaJana (@grandma_jana) December 12, 2017
Here’s Moore’s grand entrance one more time, just because:
— CNN (@CNN) December 12, 2017