Roy Moore believes that the last time America was great was when “even though we had slavery … Our families were strong, our country had a direction.”
Moore, the GOP nominee for the open Alabama Senate seat, has been credibly accused of molesting multiple teenage girls. This has naturally sucked up a lot of the oxygen in the race. But it tends to obscure the multitude of other ways that Moore is unfit for office. He was twice removed from his seat on the Alabama Supreme Court for refusing to follow the law; he has said that Muslims should not be allowed to serve in Congress; he has stated that homosexuality should be illegal and declined to answer a question about whether it should be be punished by the death penalty; he has suggested that the September 11 attacks were divine punishment against the United States because “we legitimize sodomy” and “legitimize abortion.” And so on.
He has also made comments on race that seem to broadcast the ugly subtext of certain corners of Trumpism. His statements at a September rally, reported on at the time, have been getting a second look this week as the Senate race heats up, with the story going viral yesterday on social media.
Here is the report from September, from the L.A. Times:
In response to a question from one of the only African Americans in the audience — who asked when Moore thought America was last “great” — Moore acknowledged the nation’s history of racial divisions, but said: “I think it was great at the time when families were united — even though we had slavery — they cared for one another…. Our families were strong, our country had a direction.”
At the same event, Moore referred to Native Americans and Asian Americans as “reds and yellows,” and earlier this year he suggested the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were divine punishment.
The Republican National Committee this week moved to devote substantial funds to help elect Moore to the United States Senate.