Judge Roy Moore announced on Friday that he refuses to debate his Democratic opponent, Doug Jones, because of his rival's stance on transgenderism, according to The Hill.
In an interview with Sean Hannity, Moore remarked that Jones's stance on transgenderism is"very liberal" and for that reason, he doesn't want to attend the debate.
"We’ve refused to debate them because of their very liberal stance on transgenderism and transgenderism in the military and in bathrooms. They are desperate," Moore told Hannity.
This came several days after Moore made the argument that transgender persons, as a group, do not have rights. Rather, he said that all individuals, who are born in the image and likeness of God, have equal rights. Moore also believes that rights belong to individuals rather than groups. Legally speaking, Moore also believes that the U.S. Supreme Court has not delegated special rights to transgender persons.
"The transgenders don't have rights," Moore said. "They’ve never been denominated as having rights by the U.S. Supreme Court."
"He believes in transgender bathrooms and transgenders in the military. I disagree with him 100 percent," Moore added, referring to his Democratic opponent.
News broke earlier this week about several accusations against Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who supposedly engaged in inappropriate relations with several teenage girls when he was in his 30s. Many leading Republicans, including John McCain and Mitt Romney, have claimed that recent accusations are disqualifying. Others have claimed that "if" the accusations are true, then Roy Moore should step down.
Many grassroots conservatives have deemed the article by the Washington Post, which first brought these accusations to light, to be "fake news." Breitbart News, for instance, has led an effort to demand the Washington Post retract its article, arguing that the claims are — more or less — untrue and designed to destroy a conservative candidate who would stand up against the Washington establishment upon election.
“These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign,” Moore wrote to Breitbart, immediately before the article by the Washington Post came to light.
“This garbage is the very definition of fake news and intentional defamation,” the statement read. “After over 40 years of public service, if any of these allegations were true, they surely would have been made public long before now.”
It appears that Alabama voters agree with this assessment — they still support the judge, who is a staunch conservative and defender of the right to life, according to the Daily Caller.
"I had nothing to do with this, this is a completely manufactured store meant to defrock this campaign," Moore told Hannity. "They are losing, they are 11 points behind, they don’t like my acknowledgment that there is a God."
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