Disgraced Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore is more than just an accused child sex predator, he also has a history of extremist, far-right, and downright bigoted statements.
Moore is well-known as a fierce anti-abortion and anti-LGBT foe, who was infamously kicked off the Alabama Supreme Court for refusing to comply with the Supreme Court’s decision that effectively legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.
But he’s also an older Southern man from Alabama, so it stands to reason he naturally has some, let’s say less-progressive views on race and slavery.
A Los Angeles Times article from September has resurfaced in the days ahead of the special election, quoting Moore as declaring that the last time America was truly “great” was during slavery.
At Moore’s Florence rally, the former judge outlined all the wrongs he sees in Washington and “spiritual wickedness in high places.” He warned of “the awful calamity of abortion and sodomy and perverse behavior and murders and shootings and road rage” as “a punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins.”
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.
Moore was not asked about slavery, and just brought it up himself while speaking with the lone African-American in the audience.
Prominent Republican strategist Doug Heye commented on the article on Twitter, writing, “I don’t know how I can say to any minority voter that they should join the GOP right now.”
I don’t know how I can say to any minority voter that they should join the GOP right now. https://t.co/LYYb3M7fUV
— Doug Heye (@DougHeye) December 8, 2017
Moore has a history of bigoted statements. A November 2016 interview that recently resurfaced quotes Moore as saying that the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage is “even worse” than the Dred Scott decision that essentially stated that black people could not be US citizens.
“In 1857, the United States Supreme Court did rule that black people were property,” Moore said. “Of course, that contradicted the Constitution, and it took a civil war to overturn it. But this ruling in Obergefell is even worse in a sense because it forces not only people to recognize marriage other than the institution ordained of God and recognized by nearly every state in the union, it says that you now must do away with the definition of marriage and make it between two persons of the same gender or leading on, as one of the dissenting justices said, to polygamy, to multi-partner marriages.”
“We’ve got to go back and recognize that what they did in Obergefell was not only to create a right that does not exist under the Constitution, but then to mandate that that right compels Christians to give up their religious freedom and liberty,” he added.
Moore also repeatedly alleged that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States.
“Why doesn’t the President have to show he’s a natural-born citizen?,” Moore asked in a 2009 interview. “There are so many questions about that, and yet the Constitution requires that the President be a natural-born citizen, and we’ve had all kind of suits filed. The press doesn’t mention them and the courts continually reject them. I don’t understand it.”
“The President has never produced evidence in the face of substantial evidence he was not born in our country. People are accepting it blindly based on their feelings, not on the law,” Moore said in another interview in 2010.
Moore also wrote a much-maligned op-ed saying that Keith Ellison, a black Muslim man who was elected as a Michigan representative to Congress, should not be allowed to serve.
“Last month Keith (Hakim Mohammad) Ellison of Minnesota became the first Muslim elected to serve in the United States Congress and shocked many Americans by declaring that he would take his oath of office by placing his hand on the Quran rather than the Bible,” he wrote. “Can a true believer in the Islamic doctrine found in the Quran swear allegiance to our Constitution? Those who profess a sincere belief in Allah say ‘no!’”
“Enough evidence exists for Congress to question Ellison’s qualifications to be a member of Congress as well as his commitment to the Constitution in view of his apparent determination to embrace the Quran and an Islamic philosophy directly contrary to the principles of the Constitution,” he continued. “But common sense alone dictates that in the midst of a war with Islamic terrorists we should not place someone in a position of great power who shares their doctrine.”
“In 1943, we would never have allowed a member of Congress to take their oath on ‘Mein Kampf,’ or someone in the 1950s to swear allegiance to the ‘Communist Manifesto.’ Congress has the authority and should act to prohibit Ellison from taking the congressional oath today!” he declared.
Alabama’s special election is December 12. Moore is in a razor-close race with Democrat Doug Jones in a state that has not sent a Democrat to the Senate in 20 years.