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The GOP readies itself to welcome Roy Moore

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Fun fact: Under U.S. law, sexual assault allegations are now adjudicated by political election.

Don't believe me?

Just ask White House officials, Republican lawmakers and right-wing pundits, who lately argue that an electoral win provides absolution for any past sexual misconduct.

This troubling claim is being applied to (who else?) our president. But it also sets a terrible precedent for what happens if alleged child molester and sexual predator Roy Moore wins an Alabama Senate race.

Last week, after President Trump mocked Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., for sexual misconduct, a reporter asked the White House if it was fair to investigate similar accusations against the president by more than a dozen women.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said no. Those allegations had all been nullified by the election last November.


"Look, I think that this was covered pretty extensively during the campaign," Sanders said. "We addressed that then. The American people I think spoke very loud and clear when they elected this president."

That's right, my fellow Americans. When you voted last November, it turns out you were actually volunteering for national jury duty. And you didn't even get your $40 daily stipend!

Sanders is not the only one making this argument.

On CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., was asked by host John Dickerson whether the country's increasing willingness to believe victims of sexual harassment and assault should cause a "re-evaluation of those who came forward" against the president.


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