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Comment about Jews by Roy Moore’s wife sparks new ridicule

U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks at a campaign rally Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, in Midland City, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) — The wife of embattled Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore drew ridicule online after she declared that “one of our attorneys is a Jew” and said some of their close friends are “Jewish and rabbis” while defending him against accusations that he doesn’t care for blacks or Jews.

Speaking at a campaign rally Monday night in Midland City, Ala., Kayla Moore pointed out that her husband appointed the first black marshal to the state Supreme Court. She said they also have many friends who are black.

But she raised the most eyebrows in her defense against claims that her husband, who’s a Republican, is anti-Semitic.

“Well, one of our attorneys is a Jew,” Kayla Moore said, pausing for effect and nodding before adding, “We have very close friends who are Jewish and rabbis and we also fellowship with them.”

People immediately reacted online, some expressing anger but many others making jokes. They mocked her for citing an association with a professional whom she and her husband pay to do work for them as a way to prove they don’t dislike Jewish people. Some said her comments echoed the “I have a black friend” comments often derisively attributed to people defending themselves against allegations of bigotry and racism.

Kayla Moore’s assertions were just the latest flashpoint for controversy in a campaign that’s been rocked by accusations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls when her husband was in his 30s. He’s running against Democrat Doug Jones in Tuesday’s special election.

(Associated Press writer Kate Brumback in Atlanta contributed to this story.)

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  • They’re Alabamans, Moore is a theocrat and a liar and a man who’s shown contempt for the idea of the rule of law, and the words of Jesus….does anything more need to be said? Is there any doubt that they’re prejudiced against a very wide array of groups?

  • Plenty of doubt, actually. That’s why Moore’s enemies resorted to ridicule (instead of rational debate) on this occasion.

  • It doesn’t appear to matter that much anymore, but I would like to know who their Jewish and rabbi very close friends are.

  • Howard Kay, from your comment, you are prejudiced against Alabamans. Will it be enough to say that you have some Alabaman friends? No – not with such a clear statement as “They’re Alabamans … does anything more need to be said?” That is clear evidence in your own words.
    But I want to see explicit evidence before I believe an accusation that someone else is racist/prejudiced/groupist or whatever.

  • Well….you say prejudiced, I say knowledgeable.

    And I’m puzzled as to why you ask if I have any Alabamian friends. I know the data. Would knowing some Alabamians change the data?

    To be clear….I don;t believe that ALL Alabamians have, shall we say, “negative characteristics”….but it’s clear that a large percentage do.

  • Uhh, sorry, it was MOORE and his sycophants who avoided debate–because they knew they would lose.

    It’s very interesting that you refer to the women who claim to have been molested or targetted by Moore as his “enemies”. I think their allegations are plausible, so I would refer to them as “victime”.

    PLUS, I wonder why you are overlooking the fact that plenty of Republicans and conservatives believed the accusers and not Moore. Hmm? Care to comment on that?

  • True, naming names can be helpful, as with Mrs. Moore naming the black Alabama supreme court justice.

    Of course, naming names can also put cross-hairs on a friend’s back. So I don’t really know what is best on that issue.

  • I would say that either males and/or females who responded to Mrs. Moore’s sincere words with ridicule instead of rationality, are thereby proven guilty of irrationality.

  • It really would have been nice, and would have added considerably to your credibility, if you’d addressed the actual points I made.

  • I don’t actually need them to be publicized, and it is likely that they’ve run into some Jewish Alabamans over the years being as involved in politics as they are (politicians tend to consider everyone their good friend). I’d certainly doubt they’d consider their interactions with the Moores to be the Christian term “fellowship” though. Unless they’re Messianic, in which case Mrs. Moore just dug herself deeper.

  • Just how stupid are Alabama elected officials? (..et al…)

    Joe Martin, floydlee, et al, take note: a Moore spokesman, a fellow who was himself an elected official of Alabama, thought that to serve in Congress, you had to be sworn in on a Christian bible!

    Here’s a link to a story in the Washington Post:
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/12/13/bible-talk-with-jake-tapper-leaves-roy-moores-spokesman-speechless/?utm_term=.b44be0c80010

    Or do you all wanna say that this is fake news?

  • If one doesn’t know how to answer that question, then perhaps politics is not the best career choice.

  • Thank you, but seriously, suppose 100 percent of my friends are type X, it seems that if I point that out in response to an accusation that I am anti-type X, that will be taken by many to confirm that I really am. No?

  • Pointing out that you have certain friends of type X, is a bit different from pointing out that you have hired certain people of type X.

    Moreover, a person might view one particular person of type X as a “friend”, but that doesn’t negate the possibility of that person viewing people of type X as a whole in stereotypical ways.

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