Roy Moore’s brother compared the U.S. Senate candidate to Christ in an interview with CNN on Friday, saying that the Alabama Republican is being persecuted “like Jesus” in the wake of accusations of sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old girl.
Jerry Moore told CNN correspondent Martin Savidge in a phone interview that allegations about his brother’s history with teenagers when Roy Moore was in his 30s, reported Thursday by The Washington Post, are “not true at all.” He said that the Democratic Party was behind the “false allegations,” adding: “These women are going to ... have to answer to God for these false allegations,” Savidge reported. He said that his brother was being “persecuted like Jesus Christ was,” Savidge told CNN anchor John Berman.
Savidge described Jerry Moore as “very defiant and very outspoken, relying on his faith and defending his brother to the hilt.”
Jerry Moore also said he was worried about what effect the allegations would have on the brothers’ 91-year-old mother.
Roy Moore has denied the accusations. Asked Friday on Sean Hannity’s radio program if he remembered dating teenagers when he was in his 30s, he responded: “Not generally, no.” He said he didn’t recall dating “any girl without the permission of her mother.”
It was at least the third biblical reference someone has used to defend Roy Moore since the Post article Thursday. One of the four women interviewed in the article, Leigh Corfman, said that she was just 14 years old in 1979 when Moore, then a 32-year-old assistant district attorney, took her to his home, removed her shirt and pants, fondled her and asked her to touch him. Three other women said Moore sought dates with them when they were 16 to 18 years old and he was in his 30s.
After the story was published, Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler compared Moore to the biblical Joseph.
“Take Joseph and Mary,” Zeigler explained Friday. “Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus.”
He also compared the situation to the biblical description of an elderly Zechariah and wife Elizabeth, who were the parents of John the Baptist.
“There is nothing to see here,” Zeigler told the Washington Examiner.
Roy Moore tweeted after the Post story: “We are in the midst of a spiritual battle with those who want to silence our message.”
I believe you and I have a duty to stand up and fight back against the forces of evil waging an all-out war on our conservative values!— Judge Roy Moore (@MooreSenate) November 9, 2017
Our nation is at a crossroads right now — both spiritually and politically. (3/4) #ALSen
Corfman told the Post, “I wanted it over with — I wanted out,” when she was at Moore’s home. She said she recalled thinking: “Please just get this over with. Whatever this is, just get it over.”
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.