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Corruption Politics

Republican Establishment Pretends Moral Standards

Written by Joe Scudder

As seen in Lindsey Graham’s defense of Bob Mendendez, the Republican establishment pretends to be against corruption while embracing it.

The Republican establishment pretends to be moral and virtuous in condemning Roy Moore. It is indeed possible that Roy Moore is guilty of something serious and lying about it. But it is also possible that he is the victim of contrived accusations. It ought to be a decision that Alabama voters make. Instead, many are pretending it is their job to make the decision for the voters.

The true character of the Republican establishment is seen in the contrast between how Lindsey Graham treats Bob Menendez and how he treats Roy Moore.

Lifezette reports, “Lindsey Graham Calls for Roy Moore to Step Aside but Defends Bob Menendez.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) said on Friday that if the allegations against Alabama candidate for U.S. Senate Roy Moore are true, he should step aside, and “should be dealt with severely.”

But Graham not only hasn’t called for Democrat Sen. Bob Menendez (N.J.), accused of having sex with underage prostitutes, to step aside — he also went to New Jersey on his own dime two weeks ago to testify as a character witness in Menendez’s corruption trial, telling the judge that Menendez is “very honest” and “honorable.”

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Moore has categorically denied that he ever met Corfman, and says her allegations are completely false. Corfman was the only one quoted in the article who was below the age of consent at the time she alleges she had interaction with Moore — the only instance cited, in other words, that would involve a violation of law, if found to be true.

Also, all of the incidents detailed by the women in the story are from the late 1970s and early 1980s — more than 30 years ago.

Compare this to the allegations against New Jersey Democrat Sen. Bob Menendez, whom Graham defended in a Newark courtroom on October 26.

Menendez is on trial for corruption — the first sitting senator in a decade to be prosecuted on corruption charges. At the heart of the case is whether he accepted money and trips from his close friend, West Palm Beach ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, M.D., in exchange for using his position as a U.S. senator to help Melgen.

The trips include several flights on Melgen’s private plane to Melgen’s home country of the Dominican Republic, where it is alleged that Menendez had sex with prostitutes Melgen hired, some of whom where underage.

Read the entire Lifezette story.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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