UPDATE: Dec. 13, 2017, 12:47 a.m. ET
Democrat Doug Jones defeated Republican candidate Roy Moore on Tuesday for the U.S. Senate seat in Alabama.
Today is Alabama's special Senate election with Republican candidate Roy Moore facing Democratic candidate Doug Jones.
Alabama is at a tipping point.
It is 2017 and Moore, a former state Supreme Court justice fired two times for ethics violations who is an alleged sexual predator banned from malls, a misogynist with anti-immigration ideals who is supportive of the slavery era and an opponent of equal rights for all Americans that are guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, is endorsed by the President of the United States Donald Trump.
Moore said in a 2011 interview that removing amendments to the Constitution after the 10th Amendment would "eliminate many problems" in the U.S. government structure, according to a CNN KFile report published Sunday.
Here are a few significant amendments that Moore doesn't believe are necessary:
- 13th Amendment: Slavery Outlawed
- 14th Amendment: Rights of Citizenship
- 15th Amendment: Voting Rights for All Races
- 17th Amendment: Election of Senators by Popular Vote
- 19th Amendment: Voting Rights for Women
Moore made the comments in a June 2011 appearance on the "Aroostook Watchmen," a conspiracy-driven radio show in which the hosts have supported the false claim that former President Barack Obama was not born in the United States.
When one of the hosts said he supported getting rid of every amendment after the 10th Amendment, this was Moore's response:
"That would eliminate many problems. You know people don't understand how some of these amendments have completely tried to wreck the form of government that our forefathers intended."
He said he particularly found bothersome the 17th Amendment, which calls for the direct election of senators by voters rather than state legislatures.
Here's the audio file:
Moore is running on a retro agenda that would fit perfectly in the Jim Crow era, with the Republican National Committee (RNC), Trump and white nationalist Stephen Bannon championing him.
There have been accusations from multiple women that he sexually assaulted them as teenagers when he was in his early 30s, yet that is insignificant to the white male agenda Moore upholds. Joyce Simmons, an RNC member from Nebraska, submitted her resignation on Friday, leaving in disgust over the committee's support for Moore.
"I strongly disagree with the recent RNC financial support directed to the Alabama Republican Party for use in the Roy Moore race," Simmons said in a statement.
In November, Moore gave a speech at Walker Springs Road Baptist Church in Jackson, Ala. 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.
Moore did not explain whether he was referring to landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965 or a more obscure SCOTUS ruling on school prayer.
"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 — the Voting Rights Act — was signed into law.
In September, one of the only Black people in the audience at a rally in Florence, Ala., asked the Republican candidate when he thought America was "last great."
In response to a Black person's question at a rally, the Republican Alabama Senate nominee fondly recalled the era when Blacks were enslaved. Also linked Voting Rights Act to "problems."
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.'"
#DearAlabama is currently trending on Twitter. There are Twitter users pleading with state residents not to vote for Moore:
Whatever you think being Democrat or Republican represents, we must all agree on one thing — Those who would prey on our children have no place in our government.
Your Fellow Americans
— J. Dice 🎲 (@jdice03) December 12, 2017
Roy Moore is a racist
Roy Moore is homophobic
Roy Moore hates women
Roy Moore is an alleged pedophile
Roy Moore is banned from malls
Roy Moore was removed from the Supreme Court twice
Doug Jones helped put KKK Members who bombed a church in jail
This isn't hard.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) December 12, 2017
Director Ava DuVernay tweeted:
Dear Alabama, Remember the best of yourselves. You've done it before. Selma marches. Montgomery bus boycott. Birmingham bombing activists. Tuskegee airmen fighting for this country. Rise again. Polls open until 7pm. For complaints or questions: @lawyerscomm 866-OUR-VOTE. pic.twitter.com/CjMxnSnDCR
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) December 12, 2017
And, there are Twitter users asking voters to support Moore:
Please don't allow the left 2 use their predictable bully & shame tactics.They enjoy throwing the word "pedophile" around. As they do "racist." Fact is, they have nothing else. No message. No new ideas.Just obstruction.
Roy Moore is a good man. Vote ur conscience pic.twitter.com/kssHyfqeUF
— FeistyChristine🇺🇸❤ (@FeistyCovfefe) December 12, 2017
Dear Alabama, Roy Moore is innocent until proven guilty! Don't believe the allegations....they should have come forward years and years ago! Is someone paying these women! This is political! Alabamans are smarter than that! #VoteRoyMoore 🇺🇸
— Dilan (@realKDilan) December 12, 2017