Nicolle Wallace, a republican herself who served in the Bush White House and was a senior advisor to the ill-fated McCain campaign, has no time whatsoever for cowardly Republican politicians as evidenced today on MSNBC's Morning Joe. She was absolutely derisive of their attempt at providing a qualifier for Roy Moore to step aside (and an escape clause for themselves), but only if the allegations made against him turn out to be "if true". Wallace was having none of it.
The implication of what she was saying about these morally bankrupt politicians and others in the conservative media landscape is that the allegations could have been made for political purposes or other ulterior motives, to influence the upcoming senate election.
Nicolle Wallace would like to very much disabuse them of this notion and their extreme cynicism, and she did so in no uncertain terms.
DONNIE DEUTSCH: Explain to men — so it’s not a he said/she said — what it’s like, when a woman does come forward, what she is putting on the line, because I don’t think the average guy understands, and, ‘oh, well, she said that, anybody could say anything.'”
HEIDI PRYZBYLA (USA Today Reporter): “At least one of these women, preemptively put information out there about herself knowing that this is what would happen to her and knowing all of these years that ultimately this is what would happen to her, but also at this point, realizing this is a critical point for the country and that she just couldn’t keep it inside anymore,
NICOLLE WALLACE: “There is no glory in this for a woman,” Wallace began. “I mean it is — it is reliving the most humiliating, the most debasing moments, days or hours of a woman’s life. To put this in the newspaper attached to her name, and as Heidi says, the story is an exquisite piece of journalism, because these interviewers got these women to understand not just the risks they were taking to their own reputations, but the risk they were taking that they wouldn’t be believed.”↓ Story continues below ↓
“I think to re-traumatize the women, is to say, ‘if true.’ To re-traumatize the women is to say, ‘if this costs him the election.’ I mean, yes, it’s true, because no woman lies about being sexually molested as 14-year-old, or being taken advantage of.”
SUSAN DEL PIERO (GOP consultant): “These women are coming from small communities. They’re not movie stars. These are women going to the supermarket every day. Some of their children are in school, there’s real risks they’re putting out.”
NICOLLE WALLACE: "Not to take anything away, the actresses that came out were brave and brilliant and they are our heroes. But Gwyneth Paltrow has an Oscar, a job, a career and a lot of wealth. The victims in this story, and I’m sure she would agree and most famous women who went out and did this and took great risk. It is harder when you have nothing to gain, everything to lose. To see people on television say, ‘oh, if it’s true.’ It’s true!”