A Breitbart News editor dubbed only one of the alleged sexual relationships former Alabama judge Roy Moore sought with multiple teenagers while in his 30's "problematic."
“The 16-year-old and the 18-year-old have no business in that story because those are women of legal age of consent,” Breitbart editor-at-large Joel Pollak said on MSNBC.
Pollak stood behind his outlet's story, featuring a preemptive message from Moore before the Washington Post published its report Thursday with the allegations, saying the Post's reporting was the result of a "desperate political attack" from the Left. In that Post report, four women went on record to explain their alleged interactions with Moore while they were teenagers. At the time, they were ages 14, 16, about 17, and 18.
Breitbart News, a conservative outlet led by former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who endorsed Moore during the Republican primary, ran with the headline: "After endorsing Democrat in Alabama, Bezo’s Washington Post plans to hit Roy Moore with allegations of inappropriate relations with teenagers; Judge claims smear campaign."
“If this story is true, and I think that any story about sexual misconduct, especially with someone who is underage, is very serious — why would the Washington Post wrap it with all kinds of perfectly legitimate relationships as well as all kinds of other political clutter?” Pollak asked. “You said yourself at the start of the segment that he’s being accused of relationships with teenagers. Now, to me, that’s not accurate."
Pollak later added that if the one allegation involving the 14-year-old girl turns out to be true, it would be a serious problem.
"It's definitely one too many," he said.