The 7 most inflammatory things Roy Moore has said
Republicans clinging to their thin majority in the Senate are now confronting the question about whether to vigorously support insurgent Roy Moore, the highly controversial former judge who handily beat incumbent GOP Sen. Luther Strange in Alabama’s special election on Tuesday night.
Moore, who surged to victory despite President Donald Trump’s endorsement of Strange, largely ran on an anti-establishment platform that heavily targeted figures such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
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Now, with the GOP already struggling to advance big-ticket legislation such as an Obamacare repeal and a tax overhaul, Republicans loath to lose another Senate seat will have to reckon with Moore’s extensive history of inflammatory comments.
Here are seven of the most incendiary Moore comments that Republicans may be forced to defend to maintain their four-seat majority:
1. ‘Reds and yellows’
Moore last week ostensibly made a plea for unity at a rally in Florence, describing how the Civil War had torn Americans part, pitting brother against brother, the North against the South and Republicans against Democrats.
“Now we have blacks and whites fighting, reds and yellows fighting, Democrats and Republicans fighting, men and women fighting,” he said, apparently referring to Native Americans and Asian Americans by the ethnic slurs “reds and yellows.”
“What’s going to unite us? What’s going to bring us back together?” he continued. “A president? A Congress? No. It’s going to be God.”
Moore’s campaign defended his rhetoric by pointing to the religious song “Jesus Loves the Little Children,” which says Jesus loves “all the children of the world” — “red, brown, yellow, black and white.”
2. ‘Maybe Putin is right’ with his opposition to gay marriage
Moore told The Guardian in August that President Ronald Reagan’s declaration that the Soviet Union is “the focus of evil in the modern world” could be applicable to the U.S. today, citing same-sex marriage as an example
“You could say that about America, couldn’t you?” he said. “We promote a lot of bad things.”
His mention of same-sex marriage prompted The Guardian to note some similarities between Moore and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Well, maybe Putin is right,” Moore said. “Maybe he’s more akin to me than I know.”
In the same interview, Moore said it was God who put Trump in the White House.
“Everybody else thinks it’s the Russians,” he said. “I think it was the providential hand of God.”
3. ‘I was informed’ that there are U.S. communities under Sharia law
Moore claimed in a summer interview that “there are some communities under Sharia law right now in our country.” Sharia law governs elements of Islamic life, and some conservatives believe it poses a threat to America’s legal system.
“Up in Illinois. Christian communities,” Moore told Vox. “I don’t know if they may be Muslim communities. But Sharia law is a little different from American law. It is founded on religious concepts.”
Asked which communities are under Sharia law and when that became the case, Moore said: “Well, there’s Sharia law, as I understand it, in Illinois, Indiana — up there. I don’t know.”
Vox’s Jeff Stein told Moore “that seems like an amazing claim for a Senate candidate to make,” to which he replied: “Well, let me just put it this way — if they are, they are; if they’re not, they’re not. That doesn’t matter.”