The frontrunner in Alabama’s GOP senate runoff has suddenly become a household name, and not for the best of reasons.
Senate candidate Roy Moore used racially insensitive language to refer to Asians and Native Americans while making a campaign speech on Sunday.
Moore, the former chief justice on Alabama’s Supreme Court raised concerns regarding how divisive Americans have become using pejorative terms that have accomplished nothing but to make him sound even more racist than those he was referring to.
“We were torn apart in the Civil War — brother against brother, North against South, party against party. What changed?” Moore asked the audience.
“Now we have blacks and whites fighting, reds and yellows fighting, Democrats and Republicans fighting, men and women fighting. What’s going to unite us? What’s going to bring us back together? A president? A Congress? No. It’s going to be God.”
According to Axios, this isn’t the first time the aspiring candidate got tangled up in a controversy.
During an interview at CNN’s KFILE, Moore couldn't get himself to condemn the notion that homosexuals deserve the death penalty.
He was also in the news previously for being the state’s Chief Justice who ignored a federal court order to issue locals same-sex marriage licenses. CNN also claimed he once implied that the 9/11 terror attacks may have been the result of a lack of faith.
After the terribly insensitive comments, Moore’s campaign team failed to respond to a request for comment. Still, Moore continues to lead Sen. Luther Strange in the most recent public polling.
Regardless of who wins in this primary and then in the Senate run, it’s incredibly heartbreaking to think that the most popular GOP candidate for the Senate position would use such insensitive and disparaging remarks to refer to Asians and Native Americans. It makes us wonder if the GOP brand really suffered that much under President Donald Trump or if it was the particularly ignorant tone of some Republican candidates and politicians who made the GOP so appealing to Trump in the first place.
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