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Roy Moore: America Was Last Great When Families Were United, ‘Even Though We Had Slavery’

Just when you thought the Alabama Senate race couldn’t get any uglier or insane, a potentially pro-slavery quote from one of the candidates resurfaced on Thursday. And, yes, it is from embattled GOP nominee Roy Moore.

Back in September, the Los Angeles Times did a lengthy profile of the Alabama GOP primary runoff between Moore and incumbent Luther Strange, who had been endorsed by President Donald Trump. Buried down in the article was a description of an interaction between Moore and an African-American attendee of one of his rallies.

Just read it for yourself:

In response to a question from one of the only African Americans in the audience — who asked when Moore thought America was last “great” — Moore acknowledged the nation’s history of racial divisions, but said: “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.”

Yep. It certainly appears that the ex-judge is making the claim that America was better when the country had slavery.

After the quote was dug up on Thursday, there was quite a reaction online, as one would imagine. And it was spread across the political spectrum.

Moore is no stranger to tossing out inflammatory, racially insensitive and bigoted rhetoric. He’s said in the past that Muslims should not be allowed to serve in Congress, something he still stands by. The Republican candidate has stated that “homosexual conduct should be illegal.” And the twice-ousted judge has referred to certain minorities as “reds and yellows.”

And, lest we forget, in recent weeks the race has tightened up in the reliably red state of Alabama because Moore has been accused of initiating sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32 and attempting to rape a 16-year-old, among other allegations.

The election takes place on December 12.

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