The controversial statement came when Roy Moore was asked when he thought America was great. He said it was “when our families were united — even though we had slavery.”
Moore made that statement months ago, but on Thursday it gained a new spotlight due to the upcoming Alabama Senate election.
In an article in the Los Angeles Times, back in September, they quoted Moore saying:
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.”
Many Democrats weren’t surprised by Moore’s statement.
Moore also referred to Native Americans and Asian Americans as “reds and yellows.” He suggested the September 11 terrorist attacks were divine punishment for the sins of the nation.
Some on Twitter questioned the state of the nation after Moore’s racially charged comments.
Republicans meanwhile in Washington have struggled with Moore over sexual assault allegations. While several condemned him after the complaints, like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, it’s also clear that McConnell will seat Moore if he wins next Tuesday. Having Moore’s vote for Trump’s agenda seems to be the primary focus.
Trump on Friday again tweeted his support for Moore’s nomination for Senate.
“LAST thing the Make America Great Again Agenda needs is a Liberal Democrat in Senate where we have so little margin for victory already.” The President tweeted. “The Pelosi/Schumer Puppet Jones would vote against us 100% of the time. He’s bad on Crime, Life, Border, Vets, Guns & Military. VOTE ROY MOORE!”
The controversial statement about America’s greatness during the slavery period will likely not impact the outcome of this Senate race. Once elected Moore will have to face a Senate ethics committee over the allegations of sexual misconduct.