The Senate race in Alabama between Republican judge Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones has been nothing short of a wild ride. Although Moore has been accused of alleged sexual misconduct, including an alleged "sexual encounter" with a 14-year-old girl in 1979 (all of which he has firmly denied), President Donald Trump and the GOP have stood behind their endorsement of Moore. And in a completely unpredictable (and slightly confusing turn) a pro-Trump group sent a 12-year-old girl to interview Moore about his campaign, because that makes sense? Needless to say, Twitter is not happy about it.
America First Project is a pro-Trump super PAC, a political action committee, dedicated to "advancing a political agenda that puts the interests of America and Americans first," according to the group's Facebook page. And the same super PAC sent 12-year-old Millie March to interview Moore, even after the allegations against Moore were made loud and clear. America First Project's Jennifer Lawrence states their reasoning for sending March to interview Moore in the video's introduction:
We decided that we were going to bring Millie to Alabama, after everything that has happened in this Alabama Senate race, up until this point, we thought it was important, to not only come here as Western PAC but to support Judge Roy Moore but to also bring Millie here to show that there is a wide range of people who support Judge Roy Moore.
Romper's request for additional comment from America First Project and a representative for Moore regarding the allegations was not immediately returned.
In the video, March interviews Moore's campaign manager, Rich Hobson, as well as Moore himself. The few questions she asks have nothing to do with the allegations made and instead are about the contributions Moore would make to Washington D.C. and the citizens of Alabama. At the end of the video, March tells Lawrence that "of course she would" vote for Moore, if she could vote in the election.
The entire interview is worth watching, just to see the interaction take place.
As previously stated, several women have come forward with their own accounts, alleging Moore of sexual misconduct when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s, according to The Washington Post, but Moore has continued to deny these allegations. Moore recently responded to his accusers over the weekend on The Voice of Alabama Politics on Sunday, saying, according to The Washington Post:
I do not know them. I had no encounter with them. I have never molested anyone. When I saw the pictures on the advertisements of my opponent, I did not recognize any of these people.
Although March's interview is pretty short, there is one moment that can be taken out of context. Throughout the interview, March asks Hobson what Moore stands for and who his supporters are. At one point, March asks Hobson about the age range of people in Alabama who are supporting Moore and Hobson answers that he wishes he could say "it was the 11-12 year olds right now," pointing to March and obviously referring to the fact that he would want March's support. After that, Hobson goes on to talk about how much support Moore has gotten, not only from people in the state of Alabama but in other states. Other than this one instance, age is never mentioned again in either Hobson or Moore's interviews with March.
This was understandably a little uncomfortable for many to watch, and people on Twitter weren't too pleased that this PAC would send a young girl to interview Moore, considering the nature of the allegations made against him.
Some Were Confused
Others Thought It Was Ironic
And A Lot Of People Were Just Really Uncomfortable
These people do have a point. Moore could have been interviewed by anyone. So, what was the PAC trying to accomplish by having a 12-year-old interview Moore?
March is a bit of a GOP celebrity. In February, according to CBS News, March went viral for her "energetic endorsement of Trump" at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference. Her endorsement has since led to her meeting Trump in March and making appearances on Fox & Friends.
This campaign cycle really has been so unpredictable. With the Senate election being held this Tuesday, there is no telling who will win the seat. But it is clear that this specific effort to humanize Moore or garner support was just a little misguided.