Roy Moore, the Alabama Senate candidate believes the last time America was great was when the country had slaves.
Moore made these comments during a campaign rally in Florence, Alabama in September. But his remarks have resurfaced in a viral tweet just a few days ahead of a statewide election in Alabama, which will be held on December 12 against Democrat opponent Doug Jones.
During the campaign event, a member of the audience asked Moore when the last time he believed America was ‘great’ and he said something that shocked many people in the audience.
“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.”
According to the Los Angeles Times, the person who asked Moore the question was one of the few African-American people in the audience at the event.
When Moore made his remarks, it didn’t receive much attention until recently.
Former Obama Administration official Eric Columbus shed light on Moore’s comments from two months ago in a tweet that went viral on Thursday.
— Eric Columbus (@EricColumbus) December 7, 2017
As soon as he tweeted what Moore said, Twitter exploded with reactions to his remarks.
Twitter reacts to Roy Moore “slavery” comment
No. Slavery is NEVER an “even though.” Period. End of story.
I am not one to name-call, but Roy Moore man is a racist, bigoted, child predator who CANNOT be elected to congress. This is not about party — this is about humanity, decency, ethics, safety, truth, good vs. evil. https://t.co/huOtU5t3XE
— Erin Schrode (@ErinSchrode) December 7, 2017
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
So Roy Moore:
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?
— Clara Jeffery (@ClaraJeffery) December 7, 2017
During the same event, Moore referred to Native Americans and Asians as “reds and yellows,” according to the Los Angeles Times. Moore seems to have a history of making insensitive remarks. In October he referred to the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling as “even worse” than the ruling that said African-Americans were not citizens.
Despite his insensitive remarks and the recent sexual misconduct allegations against him, President Trump fully backs the Alabama candidate Roy Moore.
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 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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 8, 2017