After a month of denying mounting allegations that he preyed on underage girls, disgraced Alabama Senate loser Roy Moore is now denying that he lost the Republicans an election in perhaps the reddest state in America.
On Tuesday, Democrat Doug Jones shocked the world as African-Americans, particularly African-American women, propelled him to an unlikely win in a state that hasn’t voted for a Democrat in 25 years.
“I have always believed that the people of Alabama have more in common than to divide us,” Jones said after he was declared the winner by news networks. “We have shown not just around the state of Alabama but we have shown the country the way that we can be unified.”
“At the end of the day, this entire race has been about dignity and respect,” he said. “This campaign has been about the rule of law. This campaign has been about common courtesy and decency and making sure everyone in this state, regardless of which ZIP code you live in, is going to get a fair shake in life.”
After he spoke, the networks prepared to air what was expected to be Moore’s concession speech. That’s not what happened. Moore refused to admit he lost, even as the vote count showed him down by more than 20,000 votes.
“Realize that when the vote is this close, it is not over,” he said. “We still have got to go by the rules about this recount provision. The secretary of state has explained it to us and we’re expecting that the press will go up there and talk to them to find out what the situation is.”
Under Alabama law, any election decided by less than 0.5% triggers an automatic recount. But with 100% of precincts in, Jones won the race by 1.5%.
“But we also know that God is always in control,” Moore continued. “Part of the problem with this campaign is we’ve been painted in an unfavorable and an unfaithful light. We’ve been put in a hole, if you will. It reminds me of a passage in Psalm 40, ‘I waited patiently on the Lord.’ That’s what we have to do.”
“And he inclined to me and heard my cry, and brought us up also out of the horrible pit, out of the miry clay and set my feet upon the rock and established my goings and put a new song in my mouth,” he went on.
“That’s what we’ve got to do. We’ve got to wait on God and let the process play out,” he continued.
“May God bless you,” he said, “and thank you for coming yet. It’s not over and it’s going to take some time.”
Moore’s party was not on board with his plan.
The Alabama Secretary of State that Moore implored his supporters to visit told CNN that a recount is “highly unlikely to occur.”
The Alabama Republican Party put out a statement asking Moore to please go away.
“While we are deeply disappointed in the extremely close U.S. Senate election results, with our candidate Judge Roy Moore, we respect the voting process given to us by our Founding Fathers,” the party said in a statement, adding that “this race has ended.”
Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, too, called for Moore to just go away, mocking pointing out that “in elections, everyone does NOT get a trophy.”
Roy Moore won’t concede; says will wait on God to speak. God wasn’t registered to vote in AL but the ppl who voted did speak and it wasn’t close enough for recount. In elections everyone does NOT get a trophy. I know first hand but it’s best to exit with class.
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) December 13, 2017