In recent days, Alabama’s Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, Roy Moore, has been publicly accused by five women of preying on young women and sexually molesting girls as young as 14.
Despite that, he got a surprising boost this weekend when his wife, Kayla Moore, posted a letter signed by 50 Christian pastors reaffirming their support for her husband, calling him an “immovable rock in the culture wars,” with “rare unconquerable resolve.”
That letter was a fraud. (Below.)
At least three of the pastors have called out Moore, saying that they never gave permission to the campaign to use their name, and are not in fact supporting his candidacy.
Though the text of the letter implies that it is coming in response to Moore’s sex scandal, Pastor Tijuanna Adetunji said “I was not asked about this story or allegations.”
Pastor Thad Endicott added that he was not contacted by the Moores or the campaign since the primary and certainly did not give permission for them to put his name on the words in the letter.
“The list that has recently circulated was evidently copied and pasted from the August endorsements without checking to see if I still endorsed Moore,” said Endicott.
A third pastor, Dr. George Grant of Parish Presbyterian Church in Franklin, Tennessee, made clear he wanted nothing to do with Moore. “Not my state. Not my issues,” he said.
Rather than tout what legitimate support Moore had left, Moore recycled a letter from before the primary and added new text without checking with the pastors or confirming that they supported Moore in the General Election — which, at least some, do not.
In the below letter, the first three paragraphs are attributed to pastors who had never seen them. While illegal, immoral, and flagrantly deceitful, we know this:
It’s not the worst thing Roy Moore has ever done. [Click here to support Moore’s opponent, Democrat Doug Jones]