George W. Bush’s Former Comms Director: GOP Lost Its Soul When Trump...

George W. Bush’s Former Comms Director: GOP Lost Its Soul When Trump Endorsed Roy Moore

Nicolle Wallace  12-5-17
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Nicolle Wallace  12-5-17

During the Thursday broadcast of her show, “Deadline: White House,” MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace claimed the Republican Party lost its soul when President Donald Trump endorsed embattled Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.

“Going, going, gone. That was the Republican Party's soul, what's left of it,” Wallace said.

Wallace, a former communications director for President George W. Bush, criticized Trump preferring Moore because he thought Democratic leaders would control Moore's opponent, Doug Jones, if he made it to the Senate.

“We don't want that,” Wallace said. “We'd rather a pedophile.”

Wallace appeared to be mocking Trump for endorsing a man who faced multiple accusations of sexual misconduct with underage girls.

While Democrats faced similar allegations, Wallace said, Democrats treated their alleged perpetrators differently than Republicans did.

“They have not responded the same way,” Wallace said of the two parties. “Conyers is gone — he went to the hospital, and now he is today retired. And Al Franken is fighting for his political life. Roy Moore is about to start his Senate career, and Donald Trump is politically untainted.”

Wallace was referring to Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), who faced congressional ethics investigations after women accused them of sexual misconduct.

MSNBC contributor Elise Jordan said, however, that Democrats made it easier for Moore to stay in the Alabama Senate race. She argued that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) failed to take the “moral high ground” when she described Conyers as “a great champion of women.”

“That just reinforces what Alabama voters see as media hypocrisy. Politicians and Democrats are just the same,” Jordan said in reference to her perception of Alabama voters' thinking.

Watch Wallace's comments below, via MSNBC.