Conservative site gets major blowback after defending Moore dating teens 'to raise a large family'

Conservative site gets major blowback after defending Moore dating teens 'to raise a large family'
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The Federalist, a conservative news and opinion site, earned scorching pushback on social media Thursday after it published an opinion piece defending Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore dating teenagers while in his 30s on the grounds that it's "not without some merit if one wants to raise a large family."
 
The commentary comes with less than two weeks before a special election between Democrat Doug Jones and Moore, who is accused of sexual misconduct and assault by several women who said he made advances toward them when they were teenagers as young as 14.
 
"Here is one thing we know and should admit from the start: in his early thirties, Moore had a penchant for dating teenagers. Apparently, this was not an uncommon occurrence during this time," Tully Borland, an associate professor of philosophy at Ouachita Baptist University, wrote for the site.
 
"Apparently, this was not an uncommon occurrence during this time. In fact, this practice has a long history and is not without some merit if one wants to raise a large family," Borland adds.
 
The story quickly went viral, climbing to one of the top trending topics on Twitter with the negative responses from both the left and right.