But what's also surprising is just how much the editorial board deemed Moore unfit for reasons beyond his alleged activity with teenage girls. The endorsement of Democrat nominee Doug Jones highlighted that Moore has a history of backing troublesome policies and making comments that dismiss and marginalize many of the people of Alabama.
The board wrote:
“To be clear: it's not only his record on women and children that disqualifies Moore. If we vote for Roy Moore, Alabama will also show that we don't care about you if you're gay or Muslim or Catholic. If you're an atheist or an immigrant. We'll show each other that we only care about Roy Moore's definition of Alabama. And that there's not room for the rest of us.”
This is not the first time the editorial board of AL.com, which generally skews Republican, has urged citizens to vote against a leading Republican in the state. In 2016, the editorial board called Trump dangerous and encouraged residents to vote for Hillary Clinton.
The Fix recently reported that Moore has made statements about Muslims, gay Americans and Democratic politicians that would be increasingly unpopular in many segments of the American public. And so has local media, including AL.com.
But despite that, many Republicans have kept with party lines and supported Moore — including President Trump, who also faces multiple sexual assault allegations and has been much criticized for his comments about Muslims and other minority communities. Trump supported incumbent Sen. Luther Strange in the primary but pivoted after Moore defeated Strange.
Congratulations to Roy Moore on his Republican Primary win in Alabama. Luther Strange started way back & ran a good race. Roy, WIN in Dec!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 27, 2017
And very influential Republicans and women in the state have been open in their decision to disregard AL.com's counsel and say they will choose to send Moore to the Senate.
In fact, Gov. Kay Ivey, who was sworn in after her predecessor resigned after pleading guilty to misdemeanors involving an alleged extramarital affair with a top staffer, has indicated that despite Moore's controversial views, she still backs him.
“I will cast my ballot on December the 12,” Ivey told reporters. “And I do believe that the nominee of the party is the one I will vote for.”
“We need to have a Republican in the United States Senate to vote on the things like Supreme Court justices,” Ivey added.
Ivey isn't alone in her support of Moore, though the majority of high-profile Republicans who have waded into the race have said that they are not on the Moore Train. But these politicians are being criticized by conservatives and liberals alike for waiting until now to vocalize how problematic they believe Moore will be for Alabama and the United States as a whole.
Because, as AL.com communicated, Moore has been problematic for a long time, particularly for minority communities, and sending him to the Senate doesn't just send a message to the rest of America but to Alabamians who do not love, worship and look like Moore.