Breitbart, the far-right website run by white nationalist Steve Bannon, is trying hard to defend Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for Alabama Senate, who was recently accused of sexually harassing teenagers. First, they ran an article trying to pre-empt the Washington Post report. But then they had John B Pollack speak on MSNBC, where the contributor only managed to make a bad situation worse.
Pollack described the harassment as “legal relationships” that were entirely innocent because “Roy Moore was single” at the time. One of the girls was 14 at the time. Pollack’s argument is basically “look, he only harassed one minor.”
“Wendy Miller says she was 14 and working as a Santa’s helper at the Gadsden Mall,” reports the Washington Post, “when Moore first approached her, and 16 when he asked her on dates, which her mother forbade.”
But to Pollack, this is only “legally problematic”:
I don’t think we’ve said anything about that that would suggest we condone it. What I would say and point out is that what’s really interesting in the Washington Post article is that they say “teenagers” — in fact, you repeated that at the start of the segment — when, if you read the article, there are several cases mentioned, and of those cases, only one would have been legally problematic. All of the others were legal relationships with women who were of age at a time when Roy Moore was single.
Breitbart Editor: "There's only one relationship alleged that was problematic." pic.twitter.com/ZK8EV0Y3vn
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) November 9, 2017