Alabama GOP Senate Candidate Says US Is Divided: ‘Reds And Yellows Fighting’

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Former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore (R), a controversial religious conservative who is running to fill Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ old Senate seat, on Sunday said racial divisions in the United States are not limited to black and white people, but also “reds and yellows.”

The Hill first reported Moore’s remarks during a campaign speech on Sunday, citing footage provided by “a Republican monitoring the race” between Moore and appointed Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL).

“You know that we were torn apart in the Civil War — brother against brother, North against South, party against party. What’s changed?” Moore said. “Now we’ve got blacks and whites fighting, reds and yellows fighting, Democrats and Republicans fighting, men and women fighting.”

“What’s going to unite us? What’s going to bring us back together? A president? A Congress? No,” he added. “It’s going to be God.”

Moore’s last controversial remarks made waves four days ago when CNN’s KFILE surfaced comments he made in February suggesting that the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks could have been a form of divine punishment.

The race between Moore and Strange has set up a split between President Donald Trump, who announced over the weekend that he will stump for Strange on Saturday, and his former chief strategist Steve Bannon, who backs Moore.

Late update:

Katie Frost, Moore’s communications director, claimed Moore’s comments “were taken completely out of context.”

“‘Red, yellow, black and white they are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.’ This is the gospel,” Frost told TPM by email. “If we take it seriously, America can once again be united as one nation under God.”

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