Alabama’s Roy Moore: ‘Abortion, Sodomy, Sexual Perversion Sweep Our Land’

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The man who has the edge to become Alabama’s next senator didn’t hedge away from his hardline socially conservative positions on Thursday, returning to his central campaign theme of a lack of godliness as a central reason for society’s woes.

Controversial former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore warned that America was falling apart because of things like transgender troops in the military.

“Our foundation has been shaken. Crime, corruption, immorality, abortion, sodomy, sexual perversion sweep our land. When we become one nation under God again, when liberty and justice for all reigns across our land, we will be truly good again,” he said in his first and only one-on-one debate against appointed Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL).

The comments came shortly after he said he wanted to free the country and military from “political correctness and social experimentation like transgender troops in our bathrooms.”

Moore’s entire career has been focused on a hardline religious right philosophy — one that’s gotten him thrown off the Alabama Supreme Court twice, first for refusing to remove a statue of the ten commandments then a decade later for refusing to accept the Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing gay marriage. His Thursday statements are far from the only controversial remarks he’s had to say on the campaign trail.

Most of the rest of the debate focused on Moore attacking Strange’s record, while Strange touted President Trump’s endorsement. It’s notable that Moore was the one on the attack, as he’s led in the polls and front-runners usually sit back and try to stay more positive.

At the end of the debate, Strange mocked Moore’s support from a number of former White House staffers, like Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka.

Many of the people supporting you look like the unemployment line at the White House. They were fired,” he said.

Trump will stump for Strange in Alabama Friday night, a moment that could prove pivotal in a race that strategists believe has tightened following millions of dollars of ads from a super-PAC aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) flaying Moore.

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Cameron Joseph is Talking Points Memo's senior political correspondent based in Washington, D.C. He covers Capitol Hill, the White House and the permanent campaign. Previous publications include the New York Daily News, Mashable, The Hill and National Journal. He grew up near Chicago and is an irrationally passionate Cubs fan.
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