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NYT’s Bret Stephens says he can never vote Republican again

New York Times columnist Bret Stephens declared he can never vote Republican again because of the party’s backing of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.

“Until last year, I voted Republican in every single election,” Stephens told MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle. The exception, he’s previously said, was that he did not back Donald Trump for president.

“I think I speak not only for myself but for many other people that I could never vote ever again for a party that is making an open endorsement of a man against whom there are credible accusations of pedophilia,” Stephens said of Moore.

"Any of us who have teenage children know exactly what we would do with a 32-year-old man who made sexual advances on our children," he said. "This is one of those moments in history where people will look back and say that is the moment of shame."

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Moore is accused of sexual misconduct and assault by multiple women, including one who was 14 years old when she had a sexual encounter with a 32-year-old Moore nearly 40 years ago. 

Stephens, a former Wall Street Journal columnist hired away by The New York Times in April and signed by MSNBC as a contributor in May, compared Moore to former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), who recently was sentenced to 21 months in prison after pleading guilty to sexual communication with a minor.

“Judge Moore is a guy who makes Anthony Weiner look good,” Stephens argued. “Because Anthony Weiner at least was predating women at a distance. [Moore] was doing it in person.”

Stephen Bannon, who returned to Breitbart News as its executive chairman after departing the White House in August as chief strategist to President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump renews attacks against Tester over VA nominee on eve of Montana rally Trump submits 2017 federal income tax returns Corker: Trump administration 'clamped down' on Saudi intel, canceled briefing MORE, will rally with Moore on Tuesday night in Alabama.

According to the RealClearPolitics average of polls, Moore holds a small lead over Jones in the Senate race with one week to go before the Dec. 12 election.