Despite weeks and weeks of nonstop national headlines, many Senate Republicans are claiming that they hardly know anything about Roy Moore.
What about Moore’s history of racially insensitive comments? Haven’t heard anything. Homophobic remarks? Nada. Moore’s claim that some American communities are living under Sharia law? Crickets. Moore’s statement that 9/11 happened “because we’ve distanced ourselves from God”? Nothing for you on that.
Moore’s assertion that Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison shouldn’t be allowed to serve in Congress because he’s a Muslim? We’ll get back to you. Moore saying Mitch McConnell should be replaced as Senate majority leader? Uhh, zip.
“I don’t know anything about Roy Moore,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). “If I’ve read anything he’s said, I wouldn’t have any recollection of it.”
“I don’t know him. I think I’ll leave it there,” said Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who laughed when asked about Moore. “I supported Luther Strange.”
Sen. Roger Wicker of neighboring Mississippi said he couldn’t recall whether he’d ever met Moore. And if he had, Wicker added, it was many years ago.
“I want to make sure we hold the seat. I want to make sure he wins in Alabama,” insisted wyoming Sen. John Barasso.
“He’s going to be for tax reform, I think,” volunteered Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio. “I don’t know, I don’t know him.”
South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, the lone African-American Republican in the Senate, said he didn’t know anything about Roy Moore, and “I’m not going to comment about anything I haven’t read about. I literally have not followed that race.”
Sen. Dean Heller really stretched credulity: “Who won? I wasn’t paying attention. I’m just worried about taxes.” Hit the link for much more.