If you’re not up to date with the latest sex-gate story, 70 year old Alabama Republican Senate-hopeful Roy Moore is suddenly accused by four women of sexual misconduct from 40 years ago, when they were 18 or even younger (one of them was 14 years of age in 1979). Yes, you got that right, Roy Moore is accused of sexual misconduct just a month before December 12th special election, when he’ll run in a very tight race against Democrat Doug Jones for alleged stuff he did 4 decades ago.
Things are getting Orwellian by the day, as Rep. Peter King (R-NY) went on a stupid rant on Friday on MSNBC and brain-farted that Alabama Republican U.S. Senate hopeful should prove his innocence of sex-abuse accusations or step down. To quote Peter King:
“Ordinarily, the person is entitled to the presumption of innocence. But in this case, it’s so serious, and the fact it’s backed up by other women, and it’s so hideous, I would say unless he can prove his innocence, the burden is on him within the next day, or so, he should step down. He owes it to the state and the U.S. Senate. You could always have one person saying one thing, and memories could change. That’s all possible. But when you have this type of corroboration, it’s a burden on him, and the fact he’s sending out fundraising appeals based on this to me is really, really bad form. I’m saying I think the balance is shifted here. The burden is now on him. If he can’t disprove the charges in a brief period of time, then he should step aside. These are among the most hideous crimes you could imagine. To me, this is despicable, a 14-year-old girl. It’s beyond any comprehension.”
This statement is so stupid on so many levels, I don’t know where to begin.
The law in this country is “innocent until PROVEN guilty”. The burden of proof falls to the accuser, whether that be the state or a private party. One of the reasons for this is that it is NOT possible to “prove” a negative. Courts regularly uphold this principle even in civil matters.
King is creating a new exception to the rule: if the accusation (however spurious and baseless) is “so hideous and backed up by other women”, then we can’t wait for constitutional process. He must step down, because feelings.