On the heels of reports that GOP Senate nominee in the state of Alabama, former Judge Roy Moore, had forced sexual relations with multiple underage girls as young as 14 years old when he was in his 30s, Republican lawmakers are suddenly ready to jump ship. Senate Majority Leaders Mitch McConnell has called on Moore “to step aside” and the Republican National Committee has pulled its funding entirely. While the extent of the accusations coming against Moore are startling, the truth is that the former Judge should have been deemed unfit to hold any public office long before his candidacy was ever announced. Throughout his career, Moore has demonstrated through his actions and positions as a public figure a dedication to the preservation of white supremacy and an unreconstructed vision of a Jim Crow South in which bigotry reigns supreme.
Roy Moore first impacted the national consciousness in 2003 when he was forced from the Alabama Supreme Court for refusing to respect the separation of church and state clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution through his refusing to remove of a statue of the Ten Commandments from an Alabama Courthouse. He followed this up more than a decade later after he was reelected to the same position by being suspended for refusing to enforce the United States Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling, the one which held that all state bans on same-sex marriages were unconstitutional. The suspension eventually convinced him to resign. These two instances were neither the first nor the last instances in which Roy Moore demonstrated his inability to respect laws that aren’t to his liking, despite it being his job to enforce such laws whether he agrees with them or not. Throughout his career he’s shown a disregard for the very Constitution he was sworn to protect and enforce, such as when he openly called for Muslims to be barred from serving in the U.S. Congress despite the complete unconstitutionality of such a ban. Equally astounding is his insistence that NFL players who don’t stand and put their hand on their hearts during the playing of the National Anthem are in fact in violation of federal law. He said in an interview with TIME magazine, “It’s against the law, you know that? It was an act of Congress that every man stand and put their hand over their heart. That’s the law.” It’s hard to tell what’s more disturbing in this statement, the fact that it was made by a former Judge whose job it was to determine the law, or the fact that he wants to live in a society where people are made to stand for an Anthem whose message they don’t believe in or else be held in contempt of the law. “If we don’t respect the law,” Moore said of the nonexistent law, “what kind of country are we going to have?”
On top of his contempt for much of the Constitution, judging by his public statements it’s clear the man is bat-shit crazy. Earlier this year he told a congregation that the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York were God’s punishment on America for “turning away from Him” and not outright banning homosexuality and abortion. Two years ago he trafficked in racist conspiracy theories alleging former President Obama was a secret Muslim born in Kenya, and in 2005 he stated his firm belief that homosexual sex should be outlawed and made illegal. He’s argued that “pre-school is a Nazi-like institution for brainwashing children into being liberal.” And finally there was this gem of a quote from earlier this year that is so farcical it deserves no comment:
Now we have 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 together? A president? A Congress? No. It’s going to be God.
Unfortunately his absurd extremist beliefs weren’t enough to stand in his way when it came to garnering the support of many of his Republican colleagues, like Senator Mike Lee of Utah and Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, the latter whom praised Moore’s nonexistent lifetime of “defending and standing up for the Constitution.” Only now that the horrifying sexual allegations against Moore have emerged have they decided to jump ship.
While all of the above is sufficient proof that Roy Moore is indeed an out-and-out bigot, it doesn’t necessarily prove a direct link to white nationalist organizations. That proof can be found by analyzing the funding his nonprofit organization, Foundation for Moral Law, received from pro-Nazi and neo-confederate organizations. In 2005 Moore’s nonprofit accepted a $1,000 donation from The Foundation to Defend the First Amendment, a group founded by a U.S. war veteran-turned Nazi named Willis Carto. The Foundation to Defend the First Amendment was founded for the purpose of raising money to support “anti-Semitic and racist conspiracy publications” and “Holocaust deniers.” Aside from that it has lent sizable donations over the years to Moore’s nonprofit. Among the publications the Foundation offered its financial support to, the Barnes Review, a publication which stated that Adolf Hitler was robbed of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1938. This donation was hardly an anomaly. Moore’s Foundation for Moral Law accepted more than $1 million from pro-Nazi organizations from 2007-2012, and it played host to neo-Confederate organizations like League of the South on more than one occasion.
The special election to fill the seat previously held by current head of the U.S. Department of Justice, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, will be held on December 12. Moore’s Democratic opponent in the race, Doug Jones, couldn’t be more different from Roy Moore. Instead of taking money from fascists like his opponent, Doug Jones has a history of actively prosecuting them. In 2002 he famously prosecuted the ku klux klan members who bombed a church in Birmingham and killed four young African American girls in 1963. As of November 15, Jones held a slight edge over Moore in polling. Being that the election is in the overwhelmingly conservative Alabama however, Moore still remains the favorite to win the seat.