An attorney for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore seemed to suggest Wednesday that MSNBC host Ali Velshi’s “background” might help the TV journalist understand why the Republican nominee would date underage women.
“Culturally speaking there’s differences. I looked up Ali’s background, and wow, that’s awesome that you have got such a diverse background, it’s really cool to read through that,” attorney Trenton Garmon said when asked why Moore would need permission from girls’ mothers to date them.
“What does Ali Velshi’s background have to do with dating children, 14-year-old girls?” co-host Stephanie Ruhle interjected.
Velshi was born in Kenya but raised in Canada and graduated from Queen’s University in Ontario.
“In other countries, there’s arrangement through parents for what we would refer to as consensual marriage,” Garmon said.
“Ali’s from Canada,” Ruhle said.
“Ali’s also spent time in other countries,” Garmon said. “So it’s not a bad thing.”
“I don’t know where you’re going with this, Trenton,” Velshi said.
Garmon then defended Moore’s comment that he’d always ask permission of a girl’s mother before asking them out on a date.
Moore is under growing pressure to drop out of the Alabama Senate race in the face of allegations he had sexual encounters with teenagers when he was in his 30s. The Washington Post reported last week that Leigh Corfman, now 53, said Moore initiated a sexual interaction with her in 1979, when she was 14 and he was 32.
Moore’s lawyer on dating 14 year olds: "Culturally speaking, I would say there’s differences…@AliVelshi’s background there, wow, that is awesome that you’ve got such a diverse background…in other countries there’s an arrangement through parents…”@sruhle: “Ali is from Canada" pic.twitter.com/lFasMHjSQi
— Tom Namako (@TomNamako) November 15, 2017