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Breitbart editor uses Ringo Starr’s “You’re Sixteen to defend Roy Moore

One of the most shocking things to emerge from the political landscape of late is the “alt-right”’s continued efforts to defend Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore after a Washington Post report (and subsequent revelations) revealed the public official’s pattern of alleged sexual misconduct against underaged girls when he was in his 30s. Yep, the same people who conjure conspiracy theories involving Democrats overseeing child sex trafficking in pizza restaurants are totally fine with an outed pedophile being in office so long as he serves their interests.

Watching them bend over backwards to defend pedophilia would be funny if it weren’t so mustache-twirlingly evil. Just look at the above video, which finds Breitbart editor Joel Pollak citing a Ringo Starr cover song, “You’re Sixteen, You’re Beautiful And You’re Mine,” on CNN’s New Day as some kind of bizarre defense of Moore’s behavior.


“He was thirtysomething at the time, singing about a 16-year-old,” Pollak says. “You want to take away Ringo Starr’s achievement?”

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo’s reaction face is all of our faces.

Photo: CNN
Photo: CNN

“You think that Ringo Starr’s song is supposed to be a nod towards allowing 30-year-old men to prey on teenagers?” Cuomo responded. “You don’t believe that, Joel. You’re a parent. You don’t believe that.”


Pollak, perhaps realizing this insane line of argument was maybe not as great as it sounded in the mirror, went on to say that men now have to worry about a “campaign of character assassination” by the media. Poor, oppressed men.

Moore squares off against Democrat Doug Jones on December 12 in the special election to fill Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ vacated seat, so expect more lunatic diversions like this one in the run-up.


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Randall Colburn

Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.