During Donald Trump’s controversial presidential campaign against and subsequent victory over Hilary Clinton, former President George W. Bush’s secretary of state Condoleeza Rice remained silent. Well, the Alabama native is finally speaking up and hopefully her Republican constituents will listen.
Rice is urging her fellow Alabamans to vote in today’s special election between Republican Roy Moore, who has been accused of sexual misconduct, and Democrat Doug Jones for the U.S. Senate ― a race she called “one of the most significant in Alabama’s history.
Before the polls opened, Rice, now a political science professor at Stanford University, provided a statement to AL.com. Moore and Jones are vying for the Senate seat that Jeff Sessions left when he became attorney general last year.
“I encourage you to take a stand for our core principles and for what is right,” Rice wrote, without mentioning either candidate by name. “These critical times require us to come together to reject bigotry, sexism, and intolerance.”
As reported by the Huffington Post, Moore, 70, has been accused by multiple women of groping, harassing and pursuing them sexually when they were minors and he was an adult in the 1980s. He has denied the allegations, calling them “malicious” and “false,” and claimed he has never met any of the six women who have accused him of sexual misconduct. President Donald Trump, who also has been accused of sexual misconduct, has endorsed Moore’s candidacy multiple times.
Rice wrote that it is “imperative” that voters “remain focused on our priorities and not give way to side shows and antics.” She added: “I know that Alabamans need an independent voice in Washington. But we must also insist that our representatives are dignified, decent, and respectful of the values we hold dear.”
She encouraged people to vote and to express themselves. “Sustain the central ideals and values that make our country a beacon for freedom and justice for the sake of Alabama and for the good of the United States of America.”