Hal Boyd: Bannon’s attack against Mormon missions and Mitt Romney has no moral authority

Brynn Anderson, Associated Press

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon speaks during a rally for U.S. Senate hopeful Roy Moore, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Fairhope Ala.

Society must not let the likes of Steve Bannon or Roy Moore define “honor and integrity.” Those in uniform deserve respect and admiration. Their service should never be used as a political tool.

On Tuesday, however, firebrand Steve Bannon leveraged (albeit indirectly) society’s well-deserved veneration for men and women in uniform to paper over the credible sexual assault allegations against his preferred candidate, Alabama’s Roy Moore.

Moore denies the accusations.

While stumping for Moore, Bannon — a populist activist who previously ran Donald Trump’s campaign and served as the White House chief strategist — used the opportunity to impugn Mitt Romney’s “honor and integrity.”

Romney has been an outspoken critic of Moore, who is accused of sexually assaulting teenage girls while a bachelor in his 30s. And, after the RNC recently decided to provide support for Moore’s race, Romney tweeted out that the candidate would be a “stain” on the GOP: “No vote, no majority is worth losing our honor, our integrity.”

Bannon, who has backed Moore’s bid from the beginning, told the Alabama crowd that “Judge Roy Moore” has “more honor and integrity in his pinky finger than (Mitt Romney’s) entire family.”

Speaking on the subject of Moore’s service in Vietnam as well as “honor and integrity” Bannon accused Romney of hiding “behind” his religion, when the 19-year-old Romney deferred Vietnam service to answer a mission call for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: “You went to France to be a missionary while guys were dying in rice paddies in Vietnam.”

Putting aside that Bannon’s political idol, Donald Trump, also deferred service during the Vietnam War, the subtle suggestion that one’s service in the military might be a reason to overlook disturbing allegations does a severe disservice to the country’s men and women in uniform.

While Bannon is familiar with the accusations against Moore regarding his alleged treatment of…

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