She Also Says: 'We Have Very Close Friends Who Are Jewish and Rabbis'
Kayla Moore tried to defend her husband Roy and herself Monday night from allegations they are anti-Semitic, while speaking at the final rally ahead of Alabama's special Tuesday election. It didn't work well, and the story and video went viral overnight.
Roy Moore has been credibly accused by nine women of various inappropriate acts, from child molestation to sexual assault to aggressive pursuit of teen girls. He has been removed as Chief Justice of the state Supreme Court for ignoring the law while making his personal interpretation of the Christian Bible paramount.
While introducing her husband at a campaign rally – one of the few Moore has held, he has done little campaigning, refused to debate his Democratic opponent Doug Jones, and spent last weekend in Philadelphia – Moore offered this now infamous statement:
I’ve watched this 20 times. pic.twitter.com/KjLUQF5vST— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) December 12, 2017
"Fake news would tell you that we don’t care for Jews. I tell you all this because I’ve seen it also. I just want to set the record straight while they’re here," she said, in a Trumpian moment, while waving to the press. "One of our attorneys is a Jew. We have very close friends who are Jewish and rabbis, and we also fellowship with them."
On Twitter, many were quick to remind the Moore's that having friends who are Jewish doesn't pre-empt one from being anti-Semitic.
It's the pronunciation of "Jew" -- the lingering over the word -- that really makes this special. https://t.co/QBAXiF3hCZ— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) December 12, 2017
She does nail the “is a Jew” delivery. Closing argument made. https://t.co/T7bSYzHkxL— Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) December 12, 2017
Mrs. Moore on her husband’s broad-mindness:— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) December 12, 2017
“One of our attorneys is a Jew.”
Happy Hanukkah, Counselor. You could be in for a lot of work!
I know it’s the correct term but non-Jews are not allowed to say “a Jew.”— Jess Dweck (@TheDweck) December 12, 2017
Kayla Moore saying that her & her husband aren’t anti Semitic because one of their “attorney’s is a Jew,” is comparable to when Trump points out a black person at his rallies & says “look at my African American over there.” Pitiful.— Simar (@sahluwal) December 12, 2017
“Some of our best friends are black” and “One of our attorneys is a Jew” are about the saddest and most disrespectful things the Moore campaign came up with tonight. #voteDougJones— Symone D. Sanders (@SymoneDSanders) December 12, 2017
This was in her prepared remarks. https://t.co/u7yY5xpq9l— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) December 12, 2017
"We have many friends who are black....and one of our attorneys is a Jew." —Roy Moore's wife, Kayla Moore— Kendally Brown 🌴 (@kendallybrown) December 12, 2017
jfc, do these people listen to themselves?
The actual faces that followed the line “One of our attorneys is a Jew.” pic.twitter.com/SmcqtWOIqp— Slade (@Slade) December 12, 2017
The Week adds this less-reported portion of her speech:
After defending the candidate against accusations of anti-Semitism, Kayla Moore moved on to defending him against accusations of racism. "Fake news would also have you think that my husband doesn't support the black community," she said. "Yet my husband appointed the very first black marshal to the Alabama Supreme Court. We have many friends that are black and we also fellowship with them in church and in our home."
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