Roy Moore: 'New Rights' Were Created in 1965 and 'Today We've Got a Problem'
Moore did not explain whether he was referring to landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965 or a more obscure SCOTUS ruling on school prayer.
In an effort to improve his tarred image, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore gave a speech Tuesday night at Walker Springs Road Baptist Church in Jackson, Ala. At least five women in the past week have accused Moore of sexual misconduct toward them when he was in his 30s and they were teenagers.
In his speech, along with addressing the fact that he's losing GOP support by the hour and lamenting that prayer was taken out schools, he said the "new rights" supported by the Supreme Court in 1965 caused today's problems and did not clearly explain which "rights" he was referring to.
"Obviously, I've made a few people mad," Moore said. "I'm the only one that can unite Democrats and Republicans because I seem to be opposed by both.
"They've spent over $30 million to try to take me out. They've done everything they could and now they're together to try to keep me from going to Washington, and why?"
Moore then talked about the need for more prayer in government and pivoted to 1965.
"By 1962, the United States Supreme Court took prayer out of school," he said. "Then they started to create new rights in 1965, and now, today, we've got a problem."
The landmark civil rights act of 1965 was the Voting Rights Act, which surely wasn't popular in Alabama. Signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on Aug. 6 of that year, the act aimed to overcome legal barriers at the state and local levels that prevented Blacks from exercising their right to vote under the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Moore also brought up in his speech that he once blocked same-sex marriage ceremonies.
"When a federal district judge without authority tried to intimidate our probate judges to start doing same-sex marriage, I had to speak up," he said. "And we stopped same-sex marriage for a time."
Some journalists and other social media users connected Moore's 1965 comment to the Voting Rights Act.
Roy Moore mourns the end of school prayer and then adds "they started creating new rights in 1965"
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) November 15, 2017
If you want to understand #RoyMoore, watch👇🏽. What new rights is he referencing from 1965? We call them #VotingRights for black folks in 🇺🇸. Again, the souls of #Republicans hang in the balance. #Alabama has an amazing opp to correct or affirm the country's worst perceptions. pic.twitter.com/zgS3whUQvc
— Natalie S. Burke (@natalie4health) November 15, 2017
Soledad O'Brien, anchor and producer of the political magazine program "Matter of Fact," tweeted:
Kudos to Roy Moore for outing himself as a white supremacist: https://t.co/zIrgaXzAIS
— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) November 15, 2017
MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid tweeted:
I mean what-EVER could have been going on in Alabama in 1965 that changed things in a way that makes ole' Roy so uncomfortable...? https://t.co/czXxrgNR9Z
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) November 15, 2017
In Selma, Ala., on March 7, 1965, state troopers attacked about 600 nonviolent demonstrators who were protesting voter suppression and police brutality as they marched across The Edmund Pettus Bridge. The day of violence became known as Bloody Sunday.
Civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) was at the march and was brutally attacked. In Twitter posts on Nov. 7 he encouraged Americans to vote, mentioning his experience that day.
I was beaten, left bloody and unconscious so that every American has the right to vote. Friends of mine gave their lives. Do your part. Vote
— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) November 7, 2017
The vote is precious, almost sacred. It is the most powerful nonviolent tool or instrument in a democratic society. Use it. #ElectionDay
— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) November 7, 2017
Moore, known for fueling the "birther" movement against former President Barack Obama, has the support of Stephen Bannon, a white nationalist and former top White House strategist. Moore once spoke to the white supremacist group that Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof cited as an influence.
Besides being ousted from the Alabama Supreme Court bench twice, he also served as president of the Foundation for Moral Law. The foundation hosted the 2010 Alabama Secession Day Commemoration. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the featured speakers were "tied to the League of the South, a neo-Confederate hate group that considers slavery 'God-ordained' and advocates for 'the cultural dominance of the Anglo-Celtic people and their institutions.'"
In January 2013, when Moore became chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, his wife, Kayla Moore, was named president of the foundation. He took the title of president emeritus.
The Alabama GOP senate nominee's Facebook page contained a meme, which stated: "Want to stop riots? Play the National Anthem. They'll all sit down."
Last month, CNN reported that a Facebook page for Moore contained racist posts aimed at NFL players who protest during the national anthem. In February, a meme was shared featuring a group of Black men standing on a damaged police car during the 2015 Baltimore riots.
The text read:
"Want to stop riots? Play the National Anthem. They'll all sit down."
The post was shared by Moore's wife with the caption, "I doubt it with these people-but worth a try?"
In October, Moore falsely claimed that protesting NFL players could be held legally accountable for protesting.
"It's against the law, you know that?" he said during an interview with TIME. "It was an act of Congress that every man stand and put their hand over their heart. That's the law."
Moore cited a section of U.S. Code that he said backed his claim.
"If they didn't have it in there, it would just be tradition. But this is law," he said.
In response to the sexual misconduct allegations, on Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Moore "should step aside" from the Dec. 12 special election, and Tuesday, the Republican National Committee pulled out of a fundraising pact with the Alabama candidate.
Jemel Roberson family's attorney says the task force has a habit of not disciplining, firing, or criminally charging officers in police shootings.
The Illinois State Police Public Integrity Task Force released a preliminary report less than three days after the shooting of Jemel Roberson, Black security guard in Robbins, Ill, which contradicted what witnesses and Roberson's family attorney have said.
"I think, at this point, everybody's qualified and everyone should run," Obama said, in jest. "I might even tap Sasha!"
We've never had a POTUS and FLOTUS like the Obama's before, and we've never had a Trump before. Two very different presidencies, one wrought with bigotry, racism and rampant white supremacy, and scandal, the other full of hope, unity and service. Former FLOTUS Michelle Obama says we need to pay attention to who is qualified in the next presidential election.
"I implored people to focus and think about what it takes to be commander-in-chief," Obama told Robin Roberts in a "20/20" interview, in reference to women electing a misogynist in 2016 instead of a qualified female candidate.
She expressed the importance of voting, but went beyond that to describe the kind of person qualified to run this country.
"The commander in chief needs to have discipline, and read, and be knowledgeable. You need to know history, you need to be careful with your words," she said.
"I'm going to be looking to see who handles themselves and each other with dignity and respect so that by the time people get to the general (election), people aren't beat up and battered," the former first lady, who said she will not run for president, stressed.
"I think this (Democratic nomination) is open to any and everybody who has the courage to step up and serve."
She even joked that at this point, anyone is qualified to run for president —even her daughter.
"I think, at this point, everybody's qualified and everyone should run," she said on Good Morning America "I might even tap (her younger daughter) Sasha!"
.@MichelleObama on whether Hillary Clinton should run for president in 2020: "I think at this point everybody is qualified and everybody should run. I might even tap Sasha!" https://t.co/E6lGKfK6oR pic.twitter.com/Axrvs7SDZQ
— Good Morning America (@GMA) November 13, 2018
Obama and her husband were about service before, during and after the presidency.
Candidates like Trump, drunk with power, have a past, present, and future that mirror that intoxication.
Coming off midterms there are questions about what to do next — investigations of Trump, what lessons did we learn articles, predictions of the 2020 election, but getting back to what a leader, a public servant of this country is supposed to do — lead by serving its people — is a message that voters can review candidate criteria with.
"It's amazing to me that we still have to tell people about the importance of voting," she said. "People have to be educated, they have to be focused on the issues and they have to go to the polls if they want their politics to reflect their values."
Obama explained, "Where I'm at right now is that we should see anybody who feels the passion to get in this race, we need them in there. Let's see who wants to roll up their sleeves and get in the race. That's what the primary process is for."
In looking at Trump's record, most of his decisions have been made to serve himself. His record of cheating employees out of money, not paying taxes, discriminating against Blacks in terms of who could claim residency in his buildings, misogynistic comments, scandals around payoffs for affairs — none of it shows signs of service.
Obama writes in her new memoir "Becoming" how Trump's division and bigoted messaging tactics to garner a movement to propel his campaign impacted her own family's safety:
"The whole [birther] thing was crazy and mean-spirited, of course, its underlying bigotry and xenophobia hardly concealed. But it was also dangerous, deliberately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks."
In current times, his decisions in the White House usually involve a lot of divisive words to spark attention from white supremacists, "look what I did" moments on twitter for validation, and little about what the country needs, but instead what the country should be afraid of.
And that is not why you get the job in the first place.
A white man stabbed Ann Marie Washington in a subway station and "started punching her in her face because she was Black," a witness said.
A 57-year-old Black woman is recovering from surgery to repair a collapsed lung because while exiting a subway in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was punched in the mouth and stabbed by a white man who called her a "Black b--ch" The NYPD's Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the attack as a hate crime.
The Children's Place may not be so welcoming if you're Black or Brown.
Miriam and Carlita Alejandro, Latinx sisters, shopping at The Children's Place in Camp Hill, Pa., got harassed by a nosey store clerk when they ask to price match clothes. A sales associate said the women were angry because they're on welfare.
Miriam said she was there to help a family who had lost everything in a fire by purchasing clothes for a child. Ms. Rhonda, the store clerk who was helping the ladies, said they may have to wait for the price check because the store was busy.
Miriam wrote on her Facebook page that she responded to Ms. Rhonda: "'Lancaster never gives us any issues or said such a thing, but okay.' Then Price Match Patty aka Genie who was never in our conversation started getting smart saying that we (my sister & I) 'were mad because we were on welfare.'"
Ms. Rhonda didn't know what to do when the Alejandro sisters reported what the nosey store employee said, but she attempted to chastise her. Miriam started recording to document the experience they had.
Price Match Patty has been fired, according to a company statement provided on Monday. Carlita Alejandro posted on Facebook that the company called and offered gift cards and reward points to continue spending her money at the retailer.
Because that's the way to handle your company's screw up-- buy off the people your employees have offended?
Alejandro wrote, "I will NEVER feel safe nor welcomed shopping their stores again!!"
The Children's Place has a history of discrimination. In 2000, they lost a lawsuit concerning profiling customers and had to provide anti-discrimination training in all stores in Massachusetts and hire a consultant to look at their policies.
Unrelated to the incident, two executives left the company this week (Pamela Wallack and Anurup Pruthi), "to pursue other opportunities" — the only minority and the only female in the C-Suite (other than the female CEO). The Children's Place Inc. has never participated in DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity competition.
CEO and president Jane Elfers said, "As we approach the last phase of our major systems implementations, the opportunity exists for significant efficiencies across the organization, and today we are announcing a more streamlined senior leadership structure."
Price Match Patty has not been fully identified yet, but some commenters on social media say she's married to a Black man, like Key Fob Kelly in St. Louis. That wouldn't excuse her behavior anyway.
Others say they have been profiled at that same store by Price Match Patty and others before:
Her racist comments cost Susan Westwood her job, her apartment, and gave her a criminal record.
Susan Westwood's racist rant landed her simple assault and criminal threats charges and a warrant after leaving the scene where she harassed the Garris sisters outside their Charlotte, N.C., apartment complex, threatening them with concealed weapons.
The fake 911 call she made saying that the sisters were trying to break in also earned her a misdemeanor warrant for misuse of the 911 system, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.
Westwood was booked by Sunset Beach Police on Saturday and transferred to the Brunswick County Sheriff's Department. She was later released.
The Garris sisters' attorney, Michael Phillips, brought up the safety issue in terms of concealed weapons and threats to residents to the Camden Fairview Apartments attorneys, and they agreed to evict Westwood.
"When I spoke with them and their legal counsel they agreed that that behavior was not going to be tolerated at their apartment complex," Phillips said.
Westwood had threatened to take out her concealed weapons after telling the sisters that she was white and hot, and that they didn't belong there.
The 911 call Westwood made was released by police:
"There are folks that are trying to break in. They're trying to get in the apartments. They are actually people that I've never seen here before ― but they are African American."
When the dispatcher said that police were already responding to a broken down car in that area, Westwood replied: "If you want to know my personal opinion, there's no car broken down. There's somebody trying to cause problems. Nobody breaks their car down in the best part of society."
"They just don't belong here. … Get them out of here," Westwood demanded. "I'll tell you what, I'll pay $2,500 to get them out of here."
In a recording of a call made by Garris, she told another dispatcher that she was still waiting for police while Westwood was harassing her.
Westwood was heard screaming, "You're not going to sell drugs here."
Garris had to call 911 twice to get a response about Westwood, and when they showed up Westwood had already gone. She was MIA for four days, before turning herself in.
"We are so distraught and still very upset about what has taken place only because of the color of our skin. It was so upsetting to know that today we still have this overt racism that's going on in 2018," said one of the sisters.
Cohen said Trump commented in 2016: "Black people are too stupid to vote for me."
Outrage over Andy Rubin's $90 million payout questioned company core values and diversity.
A recent New York Times report that said Google gave millions of dollars to some executives, like Andy Rubin ($90 million) in secret exit packages after they were accused of sexual misconduct.
The report sparked outrage among employees who organized via social media and yesterday walked out of offices around the world by the thousands.
Zurich, Dublin, Singapore, London and Hyderabad, India, and multiple U.S offices participated in the Google Walkout For Real Change.
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