“You can’t be a victim 40 years later, in my opinion.”

The Washington Post story about Roy Moore sure seemed damning. There were four women on the record saying that the Alabama Senate GOP nominee had pursued them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s. The most shocking story was Leigh Corfman’s, who said she was just 14 when Moore sexually assaulted her.

But for Moore’s most die-hard supporters, the article wasn’t that bad ― except in the sense that it was a hit job on the former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.

Moore has vehemently denied the accusations, particularly in the case of Corfman. (The age of consent in Alabama is 16.)

And while some national Republicans have condemned Moore, other GOP officials and media figures are trying their hardest to defend him. Some of the leading defenses of Moore:

It was the 14-year-old girl’s fault for not being smarter.

“I know that 14-year-olds don’t make good decisions.” ― Alabama GOP Geneva County Chairman Riley Seibenhener

The Bible says it’s fine.

“Take the Bible. Zachariah and Elizabeth, for instance. Zachariah was extremely old to marry Elizabeth and they became the parents of John the Baptist,” Zeigler said, choosing his words carefully before invoking Christ. “Also take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus.” ― Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler, who has endorsed Moore

Roy Moore is romantic.

“Roy Moore fell in love with one of the younger women.” ― Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler

“This woman also is not cited making any claims of inappropriate sexual conduct. In fact, she characterized Moore as being romantic, reading poetry to her, and playing the guitar. The woman is cited saying that physical contact only involved kissing and did not progress any further.” ― Breitbart News

Why’d they wait so long to come forward?

“If they believe this man is predatory, they are guilty of allowing him to exist for 40 years. I think someone should prosecute and go after them. You can’t be a victim 40 years later, in my opinion.” ― Alabama state Rep. Ed Henry (R)

“I’m obviously suspicious. After all, some of these allegations are 40 years old.” ― Madison County GOP Chairman Sam Givhan

Girls 16 and up are adults.

“The 16-year-old and the 18-year-old have no business in that story because those are women of legal age of consent.” ― Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Joel Pollak.

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