Just days after saying that “no Senate seat is worth more than a child,” White House counselor Kellyanne Conway appeared to back disgraced Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore on Fox News Monday.
In an interview with “Fox & Friends,” Conway attacked Moore’s opponent, Democrat Doug Jones.
“Doug Jones in Alabama, folks, don’t be fooled. He will be a vote against tax cuts. He is weak on crime. Weak on borders. He is strong on raising your taxes. He is terrible for property owners,” she said.
The hosts seemed taken aback, prompting Brian Kilmeade to ask, “So vote Roy Moore?”
“I’m telling you that we want the votes in the Senate to get this tax bill through,” she replied, essentially saying Moore’s vote is more important than his growing number of victims.
“And the media — if the media were really concerned about all of these allegations, and if that’s what this is truly about, and the Democrats — Al Franken would be on the ash heap of bygone half funny comedians,” she added.
The Fox News hosts were surprised by Conway’s blatant backing of an accused sexual predator.
Kilmeade pointed out that “the RNC has withdrawn support for Roy Moore, Mitch McConnell has withdrawn support, so have the Young Republicans, withdrawn support.”
“And a lot of women,” co-host Ainsley Earhardt noted.
“Right. And you know what? I just want everybody to know, Doug Jones, nobody ever says his name, and pretends he is some kind of conservative Democrat in Alabama. And he’s not,” she replied.
The comments are a far cry from what Conway said just last week on the same show.
“I’ll repeat what our White House director of legislative affairs said on a Sunday show, we were on different Sunday shows — whatever the facts end up being, the premise, of course, the principle, the incontrovertible principle, is that there is no Senate seat worth more than a child,” Conway said on Fox & Friends. “And we all want to put that forward. I have three daughters and a son, frankly, and we all are watching this. But again, this president, is so focused on the policy and the substance.”
Her comments echo the Alabama Republican Party line, which is that pedophilia is fine as long as it means tax cuts for the wealthy and conservative Supreme Court judges.
On Friday, Republican Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said that she believes the accusations that Moore molested a 14-year-old girl, sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl, and made sexual advances toward many other teen girls but plans to vote for him anyway.
“I certainly have no reason to disbelieve any of them,” she said. “The timing is a little curious. But at the same time, I have no reason to disbelieve them.”
The “most” important thing, she said, is having a Republican fill the Senate seat, morality be damned.
“I believe in the Republican Party, what we stand for, and most important, we need to have a Republican in the United States Senate to vote on things like the Supreme Court justices, other appointments the Senate has to confirm and make major decisions,” Ivey said. “So that’s what I plan to do, vote for Republican nominee Roy Moore.”