CNN's Anderson Cooper brought on Alabama state Rep. Ed Henry -- not to be confused with right wing propagandist and Fox correspondent Ed Henry -- and for well over fifteen minutes during the opening of his show this Friday evening, went toe to toe with Henry over his demands that Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore's accusers be prosecuted.
I generally don't like someone in the media giving someone this ignorant this much air time, but in this case, if Henry wants to make his face the face of the Republican party nationally, I say more power to him and let this clown keep talking.
Defending pedophiles may not cost them a senate seat in Alabama, but we'll see how well this plays with women voters across the rest of the country. Women were already energized in response to them electing the pussy-grabber in chief. They're just compounding that problem every time one of them appears on the air peddling conspiracy theories about the so-called "liberal media" that's out to get them and attacking these women, as Henry did here.
Here are some of the highlights, or lowlights, if you will, from the interview via Mediaite:
Anderson Cooper opened tonight’s AC360 by facing off with an Alabama state representative who made some curious comments about the allegations against Roy Moore. [...]
Henry told Cooper he finds it “disingenuous in my opinion for 50-something-year-old women to come forward 4 weeks prior to a major senatorial election” and make these allegations because “it reeks of politics.”
He definitively told Cooper, “I am making the decision personally that I do not believe them.”
As for that quote about “prosecuting” the women, Henry insisted people are twisting his remarks, telling Cooper “you and others like you are going to demagogue.” Cooper told Henry it seems like he’s “backtracking.”
Cooper asked, “You’re not saying any of these women should be prosecuted because they remained silent and you’re not saying that they are accomplices?”
Henry said, “No. That is not the context of the conversation.”
He went on to defend Roy Moore as “the victim… of a political hack job.” Cooper asked him if he thinks this is a “liberal plot.” Henry said it’s “absolutely political.”↓ Story continues below ↓
He even claimed that the “only reason” this is coming out is to “suppress voters on the Republican ticket on December the 12th.”