Former judge Roy Moore has endorsed a controversial conservative firebrand for the Senate race in Missouri, in his first major political move since losing his own Senate campaign in Alabama last year.
Moore, who was defeated after multiple women accused him of making sexual advances toward them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s, has put his weight behind Courtland Sykes, a Navy veteran who has called feminists “she-devils” and said he would not want daughters who were “career-obsessed banshees.”
“Courtland is a man of impeccable character, courage, and Christian faith,” Moore said in an emailed statement Monday. “We need men like Courtland Sykes in the Senate of the United States, a leader who will not only say what is right, but also a leader who will do what is right!”
Sykes is challenging Attorney General Josh Hawley in the Republican primary for the seat held by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D). He attracted national attention in January when he posted a transcript on Facebook about his views on the proper role of women, including his fiancee, Chanel Rion.
“I want to come home to a home-cooked dinner at 6 every night, one that she fixes and one that I expect one day to have daughters learn to fix after they become traditional homemakers and family wives,” Sykes said.
After his endorsement, Moore emailed his supporters with a message from Sykes, who argued that the same forces that opposed Moore would now oppose him. “This is war—and war needs warriors who can inflict political war casualties on the left—mean, deadly political damage they won’t recover from,” Sykes wrote in the email. “In war the defense must equal the offense.”
Sykes has cast himself as a provocative adherent to President Trump’s Make America Great Again movement, with restrictionist views on immigration, orthodox gun rights positions and a blanket denial of climate change caused by humans. “Climate change is normal and natural — it’s called ‘weather’ — and is not man-made,” he says in campaign materials.
Sykes endorsed Moore during the Senate race in Alabama last year, after the allegations of improper sexual conduct, with a YouTube video that denounced “contrived fake news” and “establishment Republicans.” Sykes later campaigned for Moore in Alabama.
Since losing the race, Moore has remained an active fundraiser, using his email list to solicit donations to his “legal defense fund,” which he says is devoted to uncovering alleged improprieties in the December election and the role of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
“I’m prepared and ready to do whatever it takes to hold McConnell and the DC elites accountable!” Moore wrote in a Feb. 24 appeal.
Six women told The Washington Post that Moore pursued them in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Five were teenagers at the time, and one was 22.
Moore, who denied misconduct but admitted to possibly dating high school girls, was in his early 30s at the time. One woman, Leigh Corfman, said she was 14 and Moore was 32 when he took her to his house, gave her alcohol and touched her sexually.