Breitbart News senior editor-at-large Joel Pollak on Monday used Ringo Starr’s 1970s hit “You’re Sixteen, You’re Beautiful, and You’re Mine” to try to contextualize allegations about Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.
“You know, in 1973, Ringo Starr hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts with the song ‘You’re Sixteen, You’re Beautiful and You’re Mine,’” Pollak said on CNN. “And it was a remake of an earlier song. He was 30-something at the time, singing about a 16-year-old. You want to take away Ringo Starr’s achievement?”
CNN anchor Chris Cuomo frowned and replied, “You can’t be serious.”
“You think that Ringo Starr’s song is supposed to be a nod towards allowing 30-year-old men to prey on teenagers?" Cuomo continued. "You don’t believe that, Joel. You’re a parent. You don’t believe that."
Pollak shot back at Cuomo, saying, “You’re also a parent, and you know that when you raise sons, the risk that our sons face today is that they’re going to be exposed to accusations that may or may not be true.”
Roy Moore has been accused of making sexual advances toward several women when they were teenagers. Moore has denied all allegations and refused to drop out of the Alabama Senate race.
Earlier in the interview, Pollak said that "empirically what we know about allegations like these is most of the time they're true, but we know some of the time they're not."
"When they come up in the heat of campaign season, especially weeks before a general election, then there's reason to treat them with additional scrutiny. I think some of the allegations upon further review are looking a little shaky. Doesn't mean all of them are," he said.
Pollak also defended President Trump’s comments about the Alabama race as “rather normal,” and said, “he is telling people look, there are bigger issues at stake.”