Despite allegations of past sexual misconduct towards teenage girls and a belief that America was better off during slavery, Alabama Republican and Senate candidate Roy Moore is surging in the polls ahead of a December 12 special election.
As the allegations started to pile on — following the Washington Post breaking the story last month — national Republican leadership called for Moore to step aside and the Republican National Convention ended its fundraising agreement and field operations for Moore’s campaign.
Then, President Donald Trump in December announced he was fully endorsing Moore’s campaign to prevent a Democrat from winning. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has walked back his comments and the RNC is back on board working with Moore’s campaign in the final lead up to the election.
But in addition to the sexual assault allegations against him, Moore has also revealed some controversial opinions along the campaign trail.
For instance, during one campaign rally, Moore was asked — by the only black person in the audience — when the last time was that he thought America was “great,” referencing the Trump campaign’s Make America Great Again slogan.
“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,” he replied.
In other words, Moore appears to be saying that the last time the U.S. was great was when its (white) citizens bought, sold and enslaved black people. Then again, Moore did say that the Supreme Court ruling allowing gay marriage was worse than the Dred Scott case which upheld slavery — equally reprehensible.
During that same campaign stop, Moore also referred to North American indigenous people as “reds” and Asian Americans as “yellows.”
Moore has also been fond of using questionable interpretations of scripture as a means of arguing law. As a judge, he even erected a statue of the ten commandments at his courthouse and refused a court order to take it down. It was because of these actions that Moore was twice removed from the bench.