Trump-loving Republican Candidate Praises Putin, Calls America ‘Evil’
Alabama Senate Candidate Roy Moore Says Promoting Same-Sex Marriage Makes America ‘Evil’
The race to fill the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Alabama will take its first step in just a few days as the initial primary is set for August 15th. The latest local poll has the controversial Roy Moore leading the way on the Republican side with a six point lead over his closest challenger. And, despite not winning the endorsement of Donald Trump, Moore sounded a lot like the president in a recent interview with The Guardian.
Journalist Paul Lewis traveled to Alabama to assess what both the establishment and rank and file members of the Republican party thought of the Russia investigation. Part of his reporting included a talk with Moore. Lewis inquired about how Moore thought Ronald Reagan might feel about the recent situation with Russia in this startling exchange (video below).
LEWIS: [Former President Ronald Reagan] said that Russia was the focus of evil in the modern world.
MOORE: You could say that very well about America, couldn’t you?
LEWIS: Do you think?
MOORE: Well, we promote a lot of bad things, you know.
MOORE: Same-sex marriage.
LEWIS: That’s the very argument that Vladimir Putin makes.
MOORE: Well, then maybe Putin is right. Maybe he’s more akin to me than I know.
Russia regularly ranks as one of the worst places for LGBTQ rights in the world. Human rights groups have been focusing a lot of attention on Chechnya lately, as reports of gay men being tortured and killed have exploded in recent months.
The “bad things” remark echoes a similar statement by Donald Trump early in his presidency. When reminded about the killing of journalists and political opponents by Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Trump responded in an interview: “What do you think? Our country’s so innocent?”
Moore gained quite a bit of notoriety when he refused to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments and was dumped from his position as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. This history prompted an interesting question from Lewis: how many of those commandments does Moore think Donald Trump has broken in his lifetime? Moore did his best to dodge but did reiterate his belief that God put Trump in the White House.
Trump recently endorsed Moore’s opponent Luther Strange in a Tweet. The primary is expected to head to a runoff on September 26th with the election to decide the seat taking place on December 12th.
Featured image via YouTube screen cap (Fair Use).
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