Some of this did change when allegations of sexual misconduct began to surface. Both Cruz and Cornyn withdrew their endorsements. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), the head of the NRSC, called for the Senate to expel Moore if he were to win. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) called on Moore to drop out of the race entirely.
For a few days, the GOP did the right thing. But when it began to look like Moore would win either way, they capitulated.
The RNC announced that it was back on Team Moore and would send money to the campaign. When Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was asked about Roy Moore a week ago, he punted and said, “I’m going to let the people of Alabama make the call.” Meanwhile, everyone else not named Jeff Flake or Ben Sasse seem to have gone quiet or are hiding behind the voters in Alabama.
And it is this silence that has compelled me to speak out. The GOP’s silence on Roy Moore is deafening, but so is its silence on a host of other issues that Republicans refuse to acknowledge have reached national crisis levels.
Silence is a form of endorsement. Silence makes you complicit. Silence is the enemy of truth.
Remember this silence the next time a Republican tries to dictate what you can or can’t do with your body. The next time they tell you to doubt scientists. The next time they tell you what bathroom you can or can’t use. The next time they tell you racial profiling is okay. The next time they tell you guns don’t kill people. The next time they tell you who you love is immoral. The next time they tell you they are above the law.
Kurt Bardella is a political commentator and former spokesperson for Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-CA), Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee and Breitbart News.