The controversial yet important Alabama senate race is just one day away. But voters in the historically red state have an even tougher decision than they did just a week ago. Roy Moore accuser Beverly Young Nelson has admitted she lied about a crucial detail. Now, everyone is wondering who is telling the truth.
In a press conference last month, with lawyer Gloria Allred by her side, Nelson initially claimed the note was written by Moore. But last Friday, Nelson admitted to ABC that she forged the damming notes in her high school yearbook.
“He did sign it,” Nelson said in the interview. ABC followed-up, confirming with Nelson that she added the notes below Moore’s signature. “And you made some notes underneath?” ABC host Tom Llamas asked. “Yes”, she replied. Nelson also said she “added the date and time to remind herself who Roy Moore was and when and where he signed the yearbook.”
After admitting that she forged part of the entry, Nelson attempted to lead the conversation away from her lie. “Is the party more important really than what happened?” Nelson said. “I feel like my incident is being swept under the rug, literally, because he’s a Republican.”
The former judge has repeatedly denied the accusations against him. Moore’s wife Kayla has accused The Washington Post of harassing their friends and family to gather more dirt. In addition, there are several holes in the stories of his other accusers.
Nelson’s admission certainly lends credibility to Moore’s claim that this is a political witch hunt. In a short statement, campaign lawyer Phillip Jauregui highlighted the significant choice voters are facing. “What [Nelson and Allred] said [in November] was either a lie or what they said today was a lie, and the voters are going to have to decide,” said Jauregui.
President Trump faced harsh criticism for supporting the non-establishment candidate, but that didn’t stop him from urging people to vote for Moore. At a Friday rally in Pensacola, Florida, the president told the crowd that Moore is the right choice. “We need somebody in that Senate seat who will vote for our Make America Great Again agenda,” Trump said.