John McCain’s former campaign manager, MSNBC commentator Steve Schmidt, turned heads last week when he condemned the Republican tax scam for which his former candidate voted. This week, Schmidt has demanded that the Senate take steps to protect its teenage pages in the likely event that credibly accused child molester, Roy Moore, is elected to Alabama’s Senate seat, left vacant by Trump’s now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Serious question. Should Roy Moore win, will the Sergeant at Arms and the Sec. of the Senate take any specific actions to protect the minor US Senate page’s from a credible accused serial child molester.? What about the organization that gives accreditation to the Page school?
— Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) December 4, 2017
Established in 1829, the highly competitive Senate Page program pays 30 high school juniors (15 girls and 15 boys) a small stipend to live in Capitol Hill dormitories, attend the U.S. Senate Page School, and serve Senators as “messengers and general helpers,” in exchange for the once-in-a-lifetime honor of learning the Congressional ropes.
In 2006, Republican congressman Mark Foley of Florida stepped down, after his sexual abuse of male House pages came to light, along with its coverup enabled by Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who later was himself convicted of serial sexual abuse of teen boys.
Roy Moore is currently polling ahead of his Democratic opponent, Doug Jones, who prosecuted two out of three of the Birmingham bombers, with accused predator Donald Trump and many Alabama Republicans saying they prefer a child molester to a Democrat. It is entirely possible that Moore will ascend to the Senate, where he will interact daily with young pages.
Why is Schmidt the only prominent Republican asking what precautions are being taken to protect those 15 teenage girls? More importantly, why is our country so divided that members of one party prefer a child molester to the loyal opposition?
What Schmidt himself calls the moral rot in the Republican Party is now physically endangering the children who serve our government.
The American people must stand up for these kids in no uncertain terms. Roy Moore does not belong within 100 miles of the U.S. Senate or her pages.
WATCH SCHMIDT CONDEMN “MORAL ROT” OF REPUBLICAN PARTY FOR SUPPORTING MOORE:
“The Moral Rot in the Republican Party. The rot, the stench, the cancer of Bannonism is a plague on this country.” – Senior Republican Strategist Steve Schmidt. https://t.co/N7vEokpRbP
— Marklemore (@MarkPfohl) November 11, 2017