Serious question: If Twitter existed at the time Bill Clinton was having his way with intern(s) in the Oval Office, does anyone really think the social media platform would have drawn attention to it?
The online giant did something similar on Friday when in the search bar on the front page, it not-so-subtly encouraged users to “Search for stuff like #RoyMooreChildMolester or #VeteransDay.”
The Alabama U.S. Senate candidate was accused by the Washington Post story of touching a then-14-year old-girl.
Leigh Corfman says she was 14 years old when an older man approached her outside a courtroom in Etowah County, Ala. She was sitting on a wooden bench with her mother, they both recall, when the man introduced himself as Roy Moore.
It was early 1979 and Moore — now the Republican nominee in Alabama for a U.S. Senate seat — was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney. He struck up a conversation, Corfman and her mother say, and offered to watch the girl while her mother went inside for a child custody hearing.
“He said, ‘Oh, you don’t want her to go in there and hear all that. I’ll stay out here with her,’ ” says Corfman’s mother, Nancy Wells, 71. “I thought, how nice for him to want to take care of my little girl.”
Some 38 years later, the girl accuses Moore of touching her inappropriately.
Aside from Corfman, three other women interviewed by The Washington Post in recent weeks say Moore pursued them when they were between the ages of 16 and 18 and he was in his early 30s, episodes they say they found flattering at the time, but troubling as they got older. None of the three women say that Moore forced them into any sort of relationship or sexual contact.
Twitter is helping to promote the story by encouraging readers to search the #RoyMooreChildMolster hastag.