One week ago, Alabama voters sent a shockwave through the world of politics by electing Democrat Doug Jones over “Ten Commandments judge” Roy Moore to an open U.S. Senate seat.
Moore is not taking the loss well. In fact, he has yet to concede.
On election night, Moore unleashed a rant, telling his supporters, “Realize when the vote is this close that it’s not over. … We also know that God is always in control.”
After quoting Psalm 40 (which says in part, “I waited patiently for the Lord, and he inclined unto me and heard my cry”), Moore added, “That’s what we’ve got to do, is wait on God and let this process play out.”
It's time for Roy Moore to admit that he lost last week's U.S. Senate election in Alabama.
The next day, Moore released a video that cast things in apocalyptic terms.
“We are indeed in a struggle to preserve our republic, our civilization and our religion and to set free a suffering humanity,” Moore said. “And the battle rages on. I believe the heart and soul of our country is at stake.”
Moore added, “Today, we no longer recognize the universal truth that God is the author of our life and liberty. Abortion, sodomy and materialism have taken the place of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We have stopped prayer in schools. We’ve murdered over 60 million of our unborn children. We’ve redefined marriage and destroyed the basis of family, which is the building block of our country. … We’ve even begun to recognize the right of a man to claim to be a woman and vice versa. … Immorality sweeps over our land.”
In the video, Moore talked about provisional and overseas ballots that have yet to be counted. But officials in Alabama have stated that there are not enough of them to change the outcome. The process has played out: Jones defeated Moore by 20,625 votes, about 1.5 percent. Moore has been making a lot of noise about a recount, but Alabama law requires a recount only if the winner’s margin of victory is less than 0.5 percent.
Moore has also been issuing emails to raise money for something he calls an “Election Integrity Program.” Moore insists that reports of possible voter fraud are “streaming in from all across the state.”
But they’re not. Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (who supported Moore during the election) has stated that his office hasn’t found any evidence of voting irregularities. Some Moore supporters are peddling outrageous conspiracy theories and getting confused about fake news from satire sites, but the reality is that Moore lost. It was a close election, but he lost. Even President Donald J. Trump says it’s time for Moore to concede.
That’s not likely to happen because Moore has a history of being a sore loser. When a federal appeals court in 2003 ordered him to remove a Ten Commandments monument from a Montgomery judicial building in a case brought by Americans United and its allies, Moore refused and defied the court. Moore, who was then serving as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, was removed from his position by a judicial oversight body.
In 2012, Moore managed to get reelected to his old job as chief justice. It wasn’t long before he was in trouble again. When the U.S. Supreme Court upheld marriage equality in 2015, Moore was displeased. Early in 2016, he issued, with no authority whatsoever, an order telling Alabama probate judges that the state’s ban on marriage equality was still in force. (It wasn’t, as a federal court soon made clear.) Once again, Moore was suspended from the court.
After being booted from the court, Moore decided to run for the Senate seat that opened up when Trump appointed Jeff Sessions attorney general. Moore won the GOP primary, but, as we saw a week ago, he lost the general election.
It’s over. Say goodnight, Roy.