When is a lie not a lie? Answer: When Donald Trump is telling it, then it is called fake news, which he applies to support persons and causes that are startling twisted and wrong-headed but suit his purpose at the moment.
Take Roy Moore, for instance, who is accused with considerable substantiation, of hitting on teenagers as young as 14 when he was in his 30s. If you haven’t been asleep for six months, you will know that Roy Moore is the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Alabama. He once was a local prosecutor and then a judge with an impressive record of being sanctioned and removed from the bench.
He now also has the backing of Donald Trump despite the GOP leadership that not only thoroughly disavows him but is searching for a way to prevent him from taking office if he wins. Why then would the Republican chief executive who is also the titular head of the party lend his backing to Moore?
Well, because, Trump says, Moore denies the allegations of numerous women who now are grown up and does so “totally.” Besides, what the country doesn’t need is another liberal in the Senate, a title he ascribes to Moore’s Democratic opponent, who would help bollox up his (Trump’s) initiatives even further than they have been. In other words, a Senate vote is more important here.
What the prevaricator-in-chief isn’t saying is that a vote for Moore also would be a vote for Trump’s former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, who left the White House for one reason alone, to rebuild (make that reconstruct) the Republican Party pretty much in the image of a clock broken nearly 100 years ago and never fixed. One that reflects the views of white supremacy and nationalism and isolationism and separate but equal and military might, among other things associated with the one party South the Democrats finally abandoned after the Supreme Court overturned school segregation and voting rights restrictions in the 1950s and 1960s civil rights era.
What better place to start than Alabama where the message designed by Bannon and used extensively by Trump in his campaign for Oval Office glory resonated dramatically with voters who considered themselves underprivileged and deprived by Barack Obama. If you’ve already forgotten Obama, he’s the one who Trump contended wasn’t born an American and, in fact, was a Muslim and, oh yeah, was carrying black privilege a bit too far.
But he finally decided that really was fake news and reluctantly agreed that the African-American president really wasn’t either but still shouldn’t have been elected as the first to break the color line on the presidency. Perhaps that distinction should have gone to Trump himself. After all he has orange hair.
The Alabamans who got Moore the masher (if he is what all those women say he is) now have the chance to correct a big-time mistake. Or they can compound the crime by sending him to the place where there are female pages of high school age. It doesn’t matter anyway because it is all a big lie, not as big maybe as the allegations of sexual harassment activities of Trump himself brought by women. But that’s fake news even though Trump gave TV personality Billy Bush a quick tutorial on how to do it. Just grab them by the (slang word for genitals), Trump said. Bush laughed and lost his job. Trump should never have won his.
So, the biggest fish yet to fry in this pandemic of sexual mistreatment of women is trying his best to boost the fortunes of a like kind.
Moore can dissemble all he wants, but when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on the first day of those seeking retribution for Moore’s lechery says “I believe them” and the number of those who have come forth mounts substantially, Moore’s nose gets longer and longer.