‘Our Families Were Strong, Our Country Had a Direction’ Under Slavery, Moore Said
The Internet exploded Thursday night after a former Homeland Security attorney posted a tweet alerting America to a comment Roy Moore made, in which he said the last time America was great was during slavery. Moore made the insane remark during the same September speech in which he referred to Native Americans and Asians as “reds and yellows,“Â â€“ which he defended by falsely claiming it came from the Bible.Â That racist remark took the media’s focus.
This tweet alerted social media users to Moore’s outrageous remarks:
â€” Eric Columbus (@EricColumbus) December 7, 2017
Here’s how the LA Times, back in September, reported the story:
At Mooreâ€™s Florence rally, the former judge outlined all the wrongs he sees in Washington and â€œspiritual wickedness in high places.â€ He warned of â€œthe awful calamity of abortion and sodomy and perverse behavior and murders and shootings and road rageâ€ as â€œa punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins.â€
In response to a question from one of the only African Americans in the audience â€” who asked when Moore thought America was last â€œgreatâ€ — Moore acknowledged the nationâ€™s history of racial divisions, but said: â€œI think it was great at the time when families were united â€” even though we had slavery â€” they cared for one anotherâ€¦. Our families were strong, our country had a direction.â€
At the same event, Moore referred to Native Americans and Asian Americans as â€œreds and yellows,â€ and earlier this year he suggested the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were divine punishment.
And here’s how some on Twitter responded:Â
For suggesting life was better during segregation and Jim Crow, Trent Lott was run out of the Senate. Now Roy Moore is saying life was better under SLAVERY.
â€” John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) December 8, 2017
Like everyone should be super shocked that the same â€œmanâ€ who stalked and sexually assaulted girls, also thinks Jews and LGBTQ people are going to hell, and that the last time America was great was during slavery.
Roy Moore – like Donald Trump, the face of the Republican Party.
â€” Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) December 7, 2017
RED ALERT! I KID YOU NOT!!!
A Black man asked Roy Moore “When was the last time America was great?”
And Roy Moore said during slavery.
I’m dead serious. https://t.co/08ZtQYh7qi
â€” Shaun King (@ShaunKing) December 7, 2017
â€¢Molesting underage girls is no big deal
â€¢Slavery wasn’t so bad
â€¢Women, Muslims should be barred from voting
â€¢Jews burn in hell
â€¢America is evil
â€¢Putin is right
Ladies & Gentlemen, I give you the avatar of the modern GOP
â€” Kilgore Trout (@KT_So_It_Goes) December 8, 2017
I’ve been asking this question for a while now: when EXACTLY was this “great” America trump is tryna get back to. Roy Moore just ANSWERED it:
â€” BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) December 8, 2017
A dangerous, insensitive, white supremacist statement from #RoyMoore. Rhetoric our nation and world cannot afford, particularly with our neighbors on the auction block in #Libya. https://t.co/ffPRp7XPdW
â€” The King Center (@TheKingCenter) December 8, 2017
Just to be absolutely clear,
The Republican Party has formally endorsed a candidate for Senate who believes the country was better off during SLAVERY. pic.twitter.com/PH1yp7ZtKD
â€” Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) December 7, 2017
â€” Nick Knudsen ðŸ‡ºðŸ‡¸ðŸ‡µðŸ‡· (@DemWrite) December 7, 2017
So Roy Moore:
doesn’t think women should hold office.
even worse about LGBT
and thinks there was no time better in America than the era of slavery b/c “families stayed together.”
missing any lowlights?
â€” Clara Jeffery (@ClaraJeffery) December 7, 2017
Roy Moore: The last time America was great was when families were united even though we had slavery.
The Truth: The last time America was great was 2016 when Barack Obama was President and these White Supremacists were no where near our government.
â€” PROUD RESISTER ðŸ‘Š (@ProudResister) December 8, 2017
Pundits: â€œRoy Moore couldnâ€™t be any more repulsive if he tried!â€
Roy Moore: â€œHold my beer.â€https://t.co/gyOIDB8o4P
â€” Jonathan Riley (@JonRiley7) December 8, 2017
I’m curious how families torn apart by slavery were “united” and “strong.” Of course, when Roy Moore says “we,” it is a reference to white people, not Americans. After below excerpt he went on to refer to Native Americans & Asian Americans as “reds” and “yellows.” So, yeah. https://t.co/Waa7Wui3Zi
â€” Mark Pitcavage (@egavactip) December 7, 2017
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Sinema Says ‘DC Solutions’ on Guns Not ‘Realistic’
U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), one of two major roadblocks to Democrats passing President Joe Biden’s top agenda items including gun control, just one day after an 18-year old gunman massacred 21 people in Texas including 19 elementary school children, offered to be open to discussion but made clear she does not believe in a federal solution to the gun violence that plagues America.
The United States is the only country in the world with a gun crisis of this magnitude. The leading cause of death for children and teens is now a gun.
Republicans allowed the 1994 federal ban on semi-automatic weapons to expire in 2004. A 2019 study found “Mass-shooting fatalities were 70% less likely to occur during the federal ban period.”
Senator Sinema appeared to disagree with that study in remarks to reporters late Wednesday morning.
“I asked her if she was willing to set aside the filibuster,” Punchbowl News co-founder Jake Sherman reports. “She said she didn’t believe ‘that DC solutions are realistic here.'”
The federal assault weapons ban was a “DC solution.”
Sinema also told Sherman that “despite the fact that there is always heated rhetoric here in DC, I do think there’s an opportunity for us to actually have real conversations and try and do something. I think the conversation across America is very different than it is here.”
90 percent of Americans want Congress to pass a background check bill, which the House already has but Senate Republicans refuse to allow. Eliminating the 60-vote threshold in the filibuster might allow that legislation to pass, as it almost did under President Barack Obama, with 54 votes.
“People at home all across America are just, they’re scared,” Sinema added, suggesting that is no reason to make changes to the way the Senate works, or to pass gun control legislation. “They want us to do something.”
Sinema committed to no action other than “to start having conversations again with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to determine whether or not there’s something we can actually do to help increase safety and protect kids across the country.”
The House has already passed multiple bills the Senate could take up and pass — or at least get Senators on the record.
Sen. Sinema’s reluctance to do anything substantive stands in clear contrast to her Arizoan Democratic colleague in the House. U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego, long rumored to be a potential primary opponent when Sinema is up for re-election, on Tuesday night blasted Sinema and others, like “baby killer” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), standing in the way of gun control.
Please just stop.. unless you are willing to break the filibuster to actually pass sensible gun control measures you might as well just say “thoughts and prayers” https://t.co/YA5Pp3dqao
— Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) May 24, 2022
Just to be clear fuck you @tedcruz you fucking baby killer.
— Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) May 24, 2022
Fuck you @NRA
— Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) May 24, 2022
‘Avowed White Nationalist’ Republican Criticized as ‘Unfit for Office’ Over False Claim Shooter Was LGBTQ, Undocumented
U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) is being criticized after falsely identifying the Uvalde, Texas shooter who massacred 19 children and two adults at an elementary school as being a “leftist,” undocumented, and LGBTQ.
Last year Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) called Gosar an “avowed white nationalist.” Gosar appeared by video at an event run by a far-right activist who has been labeled a white nationalist and a white supremacist.
In a tweet posted very early Wednesday morning, well after the identity of the alleged shooter was widely reported, the far-right Arizona Congressman said the 18-year-old who slaughtered 21 people was a “transsexual leftist illegal alien.”
Many hours earlier Texas GOP Governor Greg Abbott had specifically said at a news conference the shooter (NCRM will not name him here) was a U.S. citizen. There is no indication he was “transsexual,” as Gosar falsely claimed, or “leftist.”
Former federal prosecutor Ron Filipkowski posted a screenshot of Gosar’s tweet, which has since been deleted after massive outcries.
Deleted tweet by Gosar. He wasn’t trans. He wasn’t leftist. He wasn’t an illegal alien. The only thing Gosar got right was the name. Another in an endless list of despicable acts by Gosar. pic.twitter.com/ohM3STIOQG
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) May 25, 2022
Reporting on his tweet, Huffpost called Gosar “an anti-immigration hardliner who routinely cozies up to white nationalists, ” and “was apparently promoting a false claim circulating on right-wing networks.”
The lawmaker was censured and stripped of his committee assignments last year after he posted an anime video depicting him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and threatening President Joe Biden. Only two Republicans voted with Democrats on the measure.
Meanwhile, in response to the false tweet an opinion writer for The Arizona Republic, Laurie Roberts, called Gosar “Arizona’s reigning king of disinformation,” and “a gossip of the worst kind – one who delights in distorting the facts to fit his own warped view of the world.”
“The congressman – already censured for his sick anime video in which he shows himself killing a congresswoman and threatening the president – has shown himself, yet again, to be completely unfit for office.”
Roberts added: “Not a single Republican leader in this state will denounce him,” and “He’ll be re-elected in a landslide.”
Florida Republican Levies ‘Threat’ Against Biden Over Guns After Being Investigated for Cyberintimidation
Florida State Representative Randy Fine, a Republican from Brevard County, Wednesday morning posted what some say appears to be a threat against President Joe Biden. Tuesday evening the President addressed the nation just hours after 19 second, third, and fourth-grade school children and two teachers were massacred in one of the nation’s worst mass shootings.
“We as a nation have to ask when in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby. When in God’s name do we do what we all know in our gut needs to be done?” President Biden implored Americans as he spoke barely more than one hour after landing at the White House after a five-day Asia trip.
Early Tuesday morning Rep. Fine tweeted: “I have news for the embarrassment that claims to be our President — try to take our guns and you’ll learn why the Second Amendment was written in the first place.”
Some online are seeing that as an apparent threat.
“This sounds like a threat against the President,” one Twitter user wrote.
“Is this a threat Randy?” asked another.
Several reported the tweet to Twitter Safety, and more responded by tweeting it to the FBI and Secret Service.
One user whose bio says she is an Internet Safety Expert tweeted “18 U.S.C. §871(a).” That is the federal law for ‘Threats against President and successors to the Presidency.”
Rep. Fine has been investigated but not prosecuted for cyberintimidation, among other allegations.
In February, “prosecutors announced that after an exhaustive investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and a thorough review by Chief Assistant State Attorney Stacey Salmons …, no criminal charges would be filed in allegations leveled at State Representative Randy Fine by Brevard County School Board Member Jennifer Jenkins, and Publisher Robert Burns,” the Florida State Attorney’s Office stated.
“Jenkins and Burns alleged that between July and August of 2021, Fine had committed the offenses of Corruption by Threat Against a Public Servant; Cyberintimidation by Publication; Stalking; Residency Qualification Violations; Campaign Finance Violations; and Voter Fraud (Oct. 2019 – Nov. 2020).”
The State Attorney’s Office declined to file charges against Fine, but State Attorney Phil Archer added: “Although no criminal charges are being filed, I am concerned that the continued use of heated rhetoric on social media and public statements by both sides, could produce a volatile and dangerous escalation we should all seek to avoid.”
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