Roy Moore, a Republican candidate for a US Senate seat from Alabama, appeared to use racially insensitive words to describe Native Americans and Asians during a campaign appearance in Florence on Sunday, September 17.
Moore, one of two Republicans in the primary runoff next week, was speaking about how the country was torn apart during the Civil War and not much as changed.
“Now we’ve got 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.”
The Hill first reported the comments after a Republican monitoring the race sent the outlet the video. Moore’s campaign also livestreamed the speech, and the comments are at about the 31:20 mark into the video.
Moore leads Luther Strange in polling ahead of the primary, the Hill reported. The winner would advance to the general election to face a Democrat to fill former US Senator Jeff Sessions’ seat, who is resigned to become attorney general.
Moore was chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court until he was removed from office in 2003 for violating a federal court order to remove a monument of the Biblical Ten Commandments from the state judiciary building. He was reelected to the post ten years later but was suspended in 2016 for telling probate judges to enforce a state ban on same-sex marriage after it had been overturned in federal court. He unsuccessfully appealed the suspension and resigned earlier this year to run for the seat formerly held by current US Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Credit: Judge Roy Moore for US Senate via Storyful