Roy Moore, who received president Trump’s de facto endorsement twice in the last week, railed against LGBTQ Americans at last night’s campaign rally in Henagar, Alabama, his first rally since his Senate campaign was derailed by allegations of sexual misconduct and an assault involving teenage girls.
“There is 14 days left until the general election. We’re very excited, it’s been a very long and enduring campaign. It’s grueling at times. We’ve been ready for the end for a while,” began Moore, who was joined at the event by his wife Kayla, his sons Caleb and Roy Jr., as well as his daughter in-law, also named Kayla. “I want you to know we have been working very hard. We’ve been going to meetings, having private meetings, and having other campaign stuff.”
“This is just a sign of the times in which we live in,” said Moore about the allegations that have been levied against him. “Politicians will stop at nothing to win an election. This race particularly has been opposed by tremendous amount of money. I was advised a few days ago that my opponent is getting a million dollars every few days. This is extravagant. This is beyond being attacked for various things.”
“Why are they doing this?” continued Moore. “I’ll tell you why they are doing this. They are trying to hide the true issues which face the people of this country and this state that they want resolved. It’s no different than when the Washington Post brought out the Russian investigation at a time when President Trump is trying to get his agenda passed.”
“The people of this country want movement; not false attacks like this. That’s exactly what’s happening in this case,” stated Moore.
“They are going to hide the true issues of immigration, healthcare, taxes, abortion, and transgender rights,” said Moore. “They not only want to hide the issues, they don’t want my opponent’s issues to be revealed; how he stands on these issues. It’s completely contrary to the people of this state and this country.”
Moore then read aloud an interview of Doug Jones that appeared in The Economist on November 16, 2017: “My opponent was asked this question, ‘How can you reassure (Moore’s) supporters that you are not out to take away their religious freedom, or their guns, or their culture?’ My opponent (Jones) responded: ‘I don’t know if I can. I think actions have to speak louder than words, so once I get elected, I can try to do it. But look, when you talk about their Christian beliefs and stuff, that’s one thing. But when you talk about their culture, I’m not sure what you mean by that. If culture means you have to put down people, if your culture means that you would have to discriminate against somebody, that you would not treat anybody in the same way Christ would do. Then I’m not going to protect that. I’m not going to protect discrimination of any sort, in anyway. Whether it’s race, religion, sexual orientation, or whatever. So I’m not going to protect that culture if that’s what that culture is,’” said Moore, quoting his opponent.
“Let me put a little translation on that: If your Christian culture does not accept abortion, same sex marriage, sodomy, transgender rights in the bathroom and in the military, then you will not be protected. Nor will your right to keep and bare arms be preserved,” explained Moore. Moore then quoted President Obama’s quote regarding, those who, “cling to guns.”
“My opponent does not want to do away with Obamacare; he wants to enlarge Obamacare, which has already proved to be a failure. As for military readiness, as a graduate of the United States Military Academy, and as a commander in Vietnam; I’ve seen the military, I know the military. I’ve got one son at West Point, and I’ve got another in the military right now, I think I know how to strengthen the military. And it isn’t by putting transgender troops in the military or opposing President Trump’s ban on transgenders in the military,” said Moore, to an applause from the crowd.
“As far as immigration, I support the RAISE Act, that’s is Reform American Immigration for a Strong Economy. It would reduce the number of people coming in our country. He would not only fail to vote for that, he would continue the liberal immigration policy we have,” said Moore.
“As far as abortion, I will not fund Planned Parenthood. And I will work to overturn Rowe vs. Wade. In my opinion, Rowe vs. Wade is not fixed precedent, it’s an unconstitutional decision just like the Dred Scott decision was in 1857. As far as other rights, I oppose transgender rights. There is no right to believe you are a person of the opposite sex or opposite gender,” said Moore. “(Jones) was asked about transgender rights in the military and transgender bathrooms under Title IX. His answer on a YouTube video was wrong, wrong, wrong not to protect them.”
“There is a big difference between myself and my opponent as to liberal judges. I think liberal judges who put themselves above the constitution that they are sworn to uphold, should be impeached and removed. I’m not being careful about my answers, and I will not be careful with the U.S. Senate. When they are above the constitution they are sworn to uphold, they are violating the rule of law,” said Moore, who then quoted Article VI of the Constitution.