On Tuesday, Steve Bannon charged into Alabama to defend Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore even as more women came forward to say Moore had courted them as teenagers, when he was a 30-something prosecutor.
Bannon, who runs Brietbart News and was President Donald Trump’s top advisor, railed against the mainstream media. Moore went after transgender military members. And Moore supporters in the crowd said they didn’t believe Moore’s accusers — and many of them said they would vote for the former judge even if the accusations were true.
Julie Dermansky, a photographer who contributes to Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, was there.
Here are photos of the event, along with some quotes:
“Nothing like a rainy night in Alabama with a bunch of deplorables.”
Bannon went after Mitt Romney, who said this week that electing Moore would be a stain on the party and country.
“You hid behind religion. You went to France to be a missionary while guys were dying in rice paddies in Vietnam. Do not talk to me about honor and integrity.”
“Judge Roy Moore has more honor and integrity in a pinky finger than your entire family has.“
“We do not need transgender in our military. I have said this before and I’ll say it again: If I’m in a foxhole, I don’t want to know whether this guy next to me is wondering if he is a man or a woman.”
“I think they are afraid I’m going to take Alabama values to Washington – and I want to tell you, I can’t wait.”
“They haven’t done anything to prove to me that he is guilty. If true I would be a little bit concerned but I would still vote for him.”
“Anyone can say anything about anything.”
“I would have problems with that, him dating 17-year-olds.”
But he doesn’t believe Moore did. He says the girls would have come out with it sooner. He knows how teenage girls are and he doesn’t think they could have kept secrets so long.