Less is Moore: If He Wins, Which Republicans Will Expel Him?

By Jackson Richman

On Tuesday, Alabama voters have two awful choices: Either elect Democrat Doug Jones, who will narrow the Republican party’s already-thin Senate majority; or Roy Moore, who is a un-American bat-out-hell accused of sexual abuse, despite an edited yearbook from one of the accusers that does not erase the legitimate stories of other accusers.

Additionally, Moore has made homophobic, racist, and other incendiary remarks, along with zero respect for the rule of law in that the former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice was kicked off not once, but twice, from the bench. For example, Moore said in 2011 that getting rid of constitutional amendments after the 10th would “eliminate many problems.”

Last time I checked, “constitutional conservatives” do not call for eliminating amendments for convenience sake.

Were Moore to win, the GOP has two choices: Seat someone who would be an albatross to the party or expel him from the Senate and send a message that another Republican, one who does not come with baggage like Moore’s, can fill the seat and still advance President Donald Trump’s agenda.

A Senate expulsion requires a two-thirds majority, or 67 votes.

Assuming all 48 Democrats would vote to expel Moore, 19 Republicans would be needed to reach the threshold.

According to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, 61 percent of voters, including a plurality of Republicans, think the Senate should expel Moore. This includes 77 percent of Democrats, 59 percent of independents, and 45 percent of Republicans.

Let us take a roll call of the Republicans and whether it is likely they would vote for a Moore expulsion (Not if Moore should withdraw from the race, which ABC News took a census last month), following an expected ethics investigation.

This post will be updated accordingly.

Yes

Cory Gardner (R-CO): Last month, Gardner called for Moore to be expelled were he to enter what is known as “the world’s greatest deliberative body.”

“If he refuses to withdraw and wins, the Senate should vote to expel him, because he does not meet the ethical and moral requirements of the United States Senate,” he said in a statement posted on Twitter.

 

Unlikely

Ted Cruz (R-TX): When asked on Fox News a couple weeks ago if Moore should be expelled where he to win the race, the Texas senator said, “Of course not…we’ve got to respect the will of the voters.”

 

To Be Determined

James Lankford (R-OK): A spokesperson told The National Discourse that Lankford will consider it if the expulsion option becomes available.

Pat Toomey (R-PA): Spokesperson Steve Kelly told the Discourse, “Senator Toomey supports an Ethics Committee investigation into the allegations made against him.”

“Further decisions would be dependent upon the findings of the Ethics Committee’s  investigation or in light of new information,” Kelly added.

Tom Cotton (R-AR): Has yet to respond to a Discourse inquiry.

Mike Crapo (R-ID): Has yet to respond to a Discourse inquiry.

Jim Risch (R-ID): Has yet to respond to a Discourse inquiry.

Deb Fischer (R-NE): Has yet to respond to a Discourse inquiry.

John Kennedy (R-LA): Has yet to respond to a Discourse inquiry.

Lisa Murkowski (R-AK): Has yet to respond to a Discourse inquiry.

Dan Sullivan (R-AK): Has yet to respond to a Discourse inquiry.

Rand Paul (R-KY): Has yet to respond to a Discourse inquiry.

Mitch McConnell (R-KY): Has yet to respond to a Discourse inquiry.

Richard Shelby (R-AL): Has yet to respond to a Discourse inquiry.

John McCain (R-AZ): Has yet to respond to a Discourse inquiry.

Jeff Flake (R-AZ): Has yet to respond to a Discourse inquiry.

John Boozman (R-AZ): Has yet to respond to a Discourse inquiry.

Marco Rubio (R-FL): Has yet to respond to a Discourse inquiry.

Johnny Isakson (R-GA): Has yet to respond to a Discourse inquiry.

David Perdue (R-GA): Has yet to respond to a Discourse inquiry.

Joni Ernst (R-IA): Has yet to respond to a Discourse inquiry.

Pat Roberts (R-KS): Has yet to respond to a Discourse inquiry.

Jerry Moran (R-KS): Has yet to respond to a Discourse inquiry.

Bill Cassidy (R-LA): Has yet to respond to a Discourse inquiry.

John Kennedy (R-LA): Has yet to respond to a Discourse inquiry.

Susan Collins (R-ME): Has yet to respond to a Discourse inquiry.

Thad Cochran (R-MS): Has yet to respond to a Discourse inquiry.

Roger Wicker (R-MS): Has yet to respond to a Discourse inquiry.

Roy Blunt: (R-MO): Has yet to respond to a Discourse inquiry.

Steve Daines (R-MT): Has yet to respond to a Discourse inquiry.

Ben Sasse (R-NE): Has yet to respond to a Discourse inquiry.

Deb Fischer (R-NE): Has yet to respond to a Discourse inquiry.

Dean Heller (R-NV): Has yet to respond to a Discourse inquiry.

Richard Burr (R-NC): Has yet to respond to a Discourse inquiry.

Thom Tillis (R-NC): Has yet to respond to a Discourse inquiry.

John Hoeven (R-ND): Has yet to respond to a Discourse inquiry.

Rob Portman (R-OH): Has yet to respond to a Discourse inquiry.

Jim Inhofe (R-OK): Has yet to respond to a Discourse inquiry.

Lindsey Graham (R-SC): Has yet to respond to a Discourse inquiry.

Tim Scott (R-SC): Has yet to respond to a Discourse inquiry.

John Thune (R-SD): Has yet to respond to a Discourse inquiry.

Mike Rounds (R-SD): Has yet to respond to a Discourse inquiry.

Lamar Alexander (R-TN): Has yet to respond to a Discourse inquiry.

Bob Corker (R-TN): Has yet to respond to a Discourse inquiry.

John Cornyn (R-TX): Has yet to respond to a Discourse inquiry.

Orrin Hatch (R-UT): Has yet to respond to a Discourse inquiry.

Mike Lee (R-UT): Has yet to respond to a Discourse inquiry.

Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV): Has yet to respond to a Discourse inquiry.

Ron Johnson (R-WI): Has yet to respond to a Discourse inquiry.

Mike Enzi (R-WY): Has yet to respond to a Discourse inquiry.

John Barrasso (R-WY): Has yet to respond to a Discourse inquiry.

Todd Young (R-IN): Has yet to respond to a Discourse inquiry.

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Jackson Richman is an editor at The National Discourse. His work has also been featured in The Weekly Standard, The Daily Caller, The Washington Examiner, Tablet, The Daily Signal, The College Fix, The Huffington Post, The Forward, and other outlets. He has interviewed prominent personalities such as, but not limited to, Pulitzer Prize winners Thomas Friedman and Charles Krauthammer, Fox News contributor Tucker Carlson, former State Department adviser David Makovsky, prominent American rabbi Shmuley Boteach, Iowa representative Steve King, FCC chairman Ajit Pai, Nebraska senator Ben Sasse, comedian Adam Carolla, University of Chicago president Robert Zimmer, and British historian and intellectual Niall Ferguson.