Moore lawyer: Canadian MSNBC host's 'background' could help him understand dating minors

Roy Moore Lawyer Invokes Canadian Host's 'Background' To Defend Dating Minors

Moore lawyer: Canadian MSNBC host's 'background' could help him understand dating minors

During an interview on MSNBC, host Stephanie Ruhle asked Garmon why he sought parents' permission to date young girls if none of them were underage, including one who was said to be 14 years old at the time.

"Based on what I've seen, facts out there now, there's questions" about the validity of the witnesses' statements, Garmon said.

"Culturally speaking, obviously there's differences", Garmon started. "I looked up Ali's background there and wow, that's awesome that you have got such a diverse background".

That remark created an uncomfortable moment, prompting Ruhle to wonder: 'What does Ali Velshi's background have to do with dating children, 14-year-old girls?'

When Ruhle pointed out that Ali is a Canadian citizen, Garmon rambled about how Velshi had "also spent time in other countries". "I don't know where you're going with this", he said.

The segment got heated from there, but after the interview wrapped, Ruhle flipped out on Garmon again and asked what in God's name that was about.

Ruhle said, continuing to push for an answer. "And then he went on to say his process would be before he'd date anybody, whether they're 25, 35, or whether he doesn't know their age, he would ask the mother's permission". Velshi, who was born in Kenya and is of Indian descent, was raised most of his life in Canada.

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Moore added the allegations printed in The Washington Post that he engaged in sexually inappropriate behavior were "completely false and misleading" but said he didn't "remember ever dating any girl without the permission of her mother".

"What does Ali's background have to do with dating a 14-year-old?" she asked.

"So there's no inconsistency in that", Moore's lawyer concluded. But there's another reading here, too: Garmon-a former pastor and Bible translator with a Master's degree in theology-offered, in his own deer-in-a-Mack-truck's-headlights kind of way, a wildly radical defense of cultural relativism. The attorney's remarks seem to be an addition to the list of freakish statements, including one Alabama state official's support for the GOP runner in The Washington Examiner by referencing Joseph and Mary. There's just nothing immoral or illegal here. "It's just Lemon", he said.

Moore has denied any wrongdoing. He has failed conservatives and must be replaced.

Garmon had previously made a odd comment about a cable-news host.

"I understand that", Garmon replied.

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