After Republicans and Democrats alike called for Republican Roy Moore to end his campaign to represent Alabama in the Senate following reports he pursued sexual contact with underage girls while he was in his 30’s, one supporter has vocally defended the embattled candidate.
Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler said in response to the Washington Post story detailing Moore’s past encounters with girls as young as 14 years old: “Even if you accept the Washington Post’s report as being completely true, it’s much ado about very little.”
Zeigler somehow managed to top that bizarre and offensive response with another comment, in which he invoked the Bible.
“Take the Bible. Zachariah and Elizabeth for instance. Zachariah was extremely old to marry Elizabeth and they became the parents of John the Baptist,” Zeigler said to the Washington Examiner. “Also take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus.”
“There’s nothing to see here,” Zeigler said, noting that the Washington Post acknowledged Moore didn’t have sexual intercourse with the girls, but “dated” them.
Zeigler said that the Washington Post report would likely anger Alabama voters and come out in support of Moore, whose controversial interpretations of the bible as a judge have led to his removal from the bench more than once.
Zeigler — who has been an ardent supporter of Moore’s Senate campaign — remains one of the few public officials defending Moore, as many Senate Republicans said the allegations were disturbing and that Moore should suspend his campaign if they were true.
Zeigler seems to acknowledge the allegations are true, but just doesn’t see a problem with them.
Contrast that with the thoughts of victim Leigh Corfman at the time Moore was touching her 14-year old body:
“I wanted it over with — I wanted out,” Corfman said she was thinking. “Please just get this over with. Whatever this is, just get it over.”