Following the victory of Judge Roy Moore in Alabama’s Republican primary, American Bridge released a research report detailing Moore’s record. While Judge Moore’s anti-establishment rhetoric appealed to far-right Republican primary voters fed up with Mitch McConnell and Republican elites in Washington, his record in Alabama makes him unfit for public office.
Highlights from American Bridge’s report, titled “Roy Moore Is Unfit For Office”:
- Moore has repeatedly tried to restrict Americans’ First Amendment rights, even comparing some religious texts to Mein Kampf.
- Moore has a long history of obsession with “immorality,” “corruption,” and “sexual perversions.”
- Moore has a history of making racist statements, calling people “red and yellow” and allying himself with white supremacists.
Moore has a record of instability and self-destruction, having been removed from the Alabama Supreme Court twice for failing to obey higher court orders. His intemperate remarks have been roundly condemned by his fellow Republicans — quite likely resulting in his narrow four-point victory in his last election.
“Judge Roy Moore is unfit for office and his primary victory means huge problems for Republicans across the country,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “Every Republican should have to answer for Moore’s extreme views and disgusting statements.”
Even Moore’s primary opponent, incumbent Senator Luther Strange
, argued that Moore would be “an anchor” around the neck of Republicans and drew comparisons to failed 2012 Senate candidate Todd Akin, whose offensive remarks were blamed by Republican strategists for hurting many GOP candidates around the country in 2012. In addition, former top George W. Bush advisor and Republican strategist Karl Rove told the New York Times,
“Roy Moore would be the Todd Akin of 2017 and 2018 for every Republican on the ballot… Republicans will be asked, ‘Do you agree homosexuality should be punished by death, do you believe 9/11 was a result of God’s anger?’ He’ll say outrageous things, the media will play it up, and every Republican will be asked, ‘Do you agree with that?”
Recognizing the dangers his candidacy presents to the party as a whole, the Republican establishment wasted more than $10 million against Moore throughout his primary in an attempt to carry Strange across the finish line. The spending, however, only further highlighted party divisions that have pitted the GOP’s base against incumbent politicians.