Roy Moore, the Alabama Senate candidate under fire for alleged sexual misconduct with teenage girls when he was in his 30s, apparently believes America was a better place at a time when slavery was still legal.
At a campaign event earlier this year, an audience member asked Moore for his opinion on when the last time America was “great.” Moore responded: “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.”
The individual who asked the question was among the few African-Americans in attendance at the rally, according to the Los Angeles Times. In stating this, Moore seemingly implied he’d be able to overlook the enslavement of other human beings as long as families are “united,” an interesting perspective from a man accused of repeatedly preying on young girls.
— Eric Columbus (@EricColumbus) December 7, 2017
For suggesting life was better during segregation and Jim Crow, Trent Lott was run out of the Senate. Now Roy Moore is saying life was better under SLAVERY.
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) December 8, 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
If folks think Roy Moore is the first person the GOP has endorsed who believes we were better off with slavery………. I don’t think y’all have been paying attention https://t.co/LBubAWftwK
— Bree Newsome (@BreeNewsome) December 8, 2017
Still can’t get over the fact that Roy Moore was asked when was the last time America was great and he literally said during slavery.
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) December 8, 2017