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The 5 craziest things that happened at Roy Moore's last rally

Roy Moore held his last campaign rally in Alabama on Monday night, and boy was it weird

by Alex Lubben
Dec 12 2017, 9:07am

Roy Moore held his last campaign rally in Alabama on Monday night, and boy was it weird.

The religious conservative running for Senate who’s been accused of pursuing nine teenage girls when he was in his 30s spoke to his supporters in a barn in Midland City, flanked by his wife, Steve Bannon, and Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert.

It hasn’t been an easy go for Moore, who took his wife to “relax at West Point” over the weekend as his campaign drew to a close — in his own words, to “get out of this mess.” Moore’s been unusually hard to spot in public during the final weeks of his own campaign.

READ: Roy Moore rails against allegations of misconduct in final appeal to voters

He spent much of the rally criticizing the media and defending himself against accusations of racism and anti-Semitism.

Here are a few of the highlights from the rally.

“One of our attorneys is a Jew”

Kayla Moore, Roy Moore’s wife, took the stage to defend her husband. Roy had only weeks ago attacked liberal benefactor George Soros, saying that he "is going to the same place that people who don't recognize God and morality and accept his salvation are going. And that's not a good place.” The comments were widely seen as being anti-Semitic.

Kayla tried to dispel that. "Fake news would tell you that we don't care for Jews. And I tell you all this because I've seen it and I just want to set the record straight while they're here," she said. "One of our attorneys is a Jew. We have very close friends that are Jewish, and rabbis, and we also fellowship with them."

“Fake news would also have you think that my husband doesn’t support the black community,” she added. “Yet my husband appointed the very first black marshal to the Alabama Supreme Court. We have many friends that are black and we also fellowship with them in church and in our home.”

READ: Where’s Roy Moore? He’s disappeared the weekend before Alabama’s special election

Moore’s buddy told a story about that time they left a brothel

Bill Staehle, an attorney from New Jersey who served in the Vietnam War with Moore, told a story about that time they wound up in a brothel with “young” girls, and Moore had the moral courage to walk out.

“There were certainly pretty girls. And they were girls, and they were young. Some were probably very young, I don’t know,” Staehle said, according to the Huffington Post.

“We shouldn’t be here. I’m leaving,” he recalled Moore saying. This was supposed to somehow make it clear that Moore’s not into young girls.

Steve Bannon took a shot at Ivanka Trump

Ivanka Trump broke with her father several weeks ago and took a stand against Moore soon after his accusers went public. “There’s a special place in hell for people who prey on children," she told the AP.

“There’s a special place in hell for Republicans who should know better,” was Bannon's retort Monday night, referring to Republicans who would vote for Democratic candidate Doug Jones over Moore.

Bannon also gleefully led a “Lock her up” chant, and further told Moore’s supporters: "Nobody can come down here and tell the folks of Alabama what to do.” Bannon’s from Virginia.

A Texas congressman suggested Moore’s accusers are being paid

Rep. Louie Gohmert, the Breitbart darling who brought a wild Uranium One flowchart to a House Judiciary Committee in November, was there Monday pulling for Moore. He suggested, without evidence, that Moore’s accusers were being paid.

"Anytime you see money and power involved, you've got to look for who's benefiting," he said, according to CNN. "Did somebody receive money? ... It takes time to dig those things out."

Moore supporters built an actual swamp, with an alligator