Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore reportedly reminisces about the time when it was legal for white people to torture African Americans, tear their families apart, prohibit them from marrying, lynch them publicly and commit mass genocide against them.
Yes, the Republican, who is currently under fire for having alleged sexual relationships with teenage girls and sexually abusing minors when he was in his 30s, believes the last time the United States was truly great was when slavery existed, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Moore expressed nostalgia for good old days of blatant racism during a campaign event in Florence, Alabama, in September. However, his comments resurfaced thanks to former Obama administration official Eric Columbus’ viral tweet, which comes just days before the election.
“I think it was great at the time when families were united — even though we had slavery — they cared for one another,” Moore reportedly told one of the few African Americans in the crowd when one of them asked him when he thought was the “last time” America was great.
“Our families were strong, our country had a direction,” the candidate added.
At the same rally, Moore reportedly referred to Native Americans and Asians as “reds and yellows” as well.
The decent human beings on the internet (and hopefully everywhere else) were rightfully outraged:
Like everyone should be super shocked that the same “man” who stalked and sexually assaulted girls, also thinks Jews and LGBTQ people are going to hell, and that the last time America was great was during slavery.— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) December 7, 2017
Roy Moore - like Donald Trump, the face of the Republican Party.
America was great when black people were slaves, according to Roy Moore. (PS: many Black people have long known that this is what MAGA meant all along.) https://t.co/VLWfXVkCec— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) December 7, 2017
SLAVERY.— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) December 7, 2017
Roy Moore said the last time America was great was during slavery.
With a straight face.
The man actually said it.
We've known for two years that "Make America Great Again" was code for this, but Roy Moore doesn't speak in code.
The man said slavery. https://t.co/uqzAyWnVjo
So Roy Moore:— Clara Jeffery (@ClaraJeffery) December 7, 2017
doesn't think women should hold office.
even worse about LGBT
and thinks there was no time better in America than the era of slavery b/c "families stayed together."
missing any lowlights?
Just to be absolutely clear,— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) December 7, 2017
The Republican Party has formally endorsed a candidate for Senate who believes the country was better off during SLAVERY. pic.twitter.com/PH1yp7ZtKD
Roy Moore longs for the good old days when "families were united--even though we had slavery." Families were united? Slave owners ripped families apart, selling children to plantations far away from their parents, never to see each other again. https://t.co/mUbSu8OIdP— Michael David Smith (@MichaelDavSmith) December 7, 2017
African-American voters in Alabama need to know that Roy Moore said that the last time America was great was during slavery(!!).— Augustus709 (@Augustus709) December 7, 2017
Unbelievable. This man cannot become a U.S. Senator. https://t.co/QsAEapMhKA
Roy Moore’s sickening comment on slavery is a dog whistle to the racist GOP base.— Jules (@JW4Resistance) December 7, 2017
And “the racist GOP base” includes the entire GOP at this point. https://t.co/xKwo9GMTQe
Given the fact that Moore is leading the Senate race in Alabama despite allegations of pedophilia and child molestation, it is probably futile to hope his racist rhetoric and belief that slavery was good will do him any harm.
However, his comments made one thing explicitly clear: When President Donald Trump and the Republicans talk about making America great again, they are actually talking about the time when things were great for white men with no regards to people of color, religious minorities and women.
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