A reporter for The Guardian went to Alabama to figure out what makes Roy Moore tick. Moore, of course, is the theocrat whose judicial career has been one long list of examples of him ruling based on what the Bible says rather than the Constitution, and the reporter rightly tried to pin him down on that.
Two questions in particular were telling: Has Donald Trump broken the Ten Commandments? And what would Ronald Reagan say about our President fawning over Vladimir Putin?
Moore didn’t give straight answers to either one. But what he said instead was perhaps even more illuminating.
REPORTER: Of those Ten Commandments on your wall, how many of those do you think Trump has broken in his lifetime?
MOORE: [Long pause] I don’t know. You might have to ask Him, but I wouldn’t know.
MOORE: God. [Laughs]
REPORTER: I’m not sure I have that channel of communication.
MOORE: I don’t think you do. I don’t either. So I couldn’t answer the questions.
REPORTER: But there’s “Thou shalt not commit adultery” and “Thou shalt not steal” and “Thou shalt not covet”…
MOORE: Well, how many commandments did David in the Bible break, you reckon? He put him king. So I think God knows the heart of men.
REPORTER: You have said that Donald Trump was put in the White House by God.
MOORE: Everybody else thinks it’s the Russians. I think it’s the providential hand of God. I think it was by Providence that he was placed there, yes.REPORTER: You were, I assume, a supporter of Ronald Reagan in the 80s. What do you think he would think of the proximity between the U.S. and Russian President right now?
MOORE: You know, one thing I’ve learned in politics is not to think for somebody else. And to assess what Ronald Reagan would think, I just couldn’t simply begin.
REPORTER: He said that Russia was the focus of evil in the modern world.
MOORE: You could say that very well about America, couldn’t you?
REPORTER: You think?
MOORE: Well, we promote a lot of bad things, you know?
MOORE: Same-sex marriage.
REPORTER: That’s the very argument that Vladmir Putin makes.
MOORE: Well, then maybe Putin is right. Maybe he’s more akin to me than I know.
Just to reiterate, because this is what the GOP is like these days, hyper-Christian Roy Moore couldn’t think of a single commandment Trump has broken even though a child could’ve named a few with little hesitation. Then, when reminded that Reagan once called Russian the “focus of evil,” Moore said we were no different because we allow marriage equality for LGBT people.
Trump famously defended Putin’s brutal tendencies earlier this year when he told Bill O’Reilly, “There are a lot of killers. You think our country’s so innocent?”
But Moore, like Trump, doesn’t see Russia as a problem. If Putin suppresses freedom (and worse), so what? As long as it’s done in the name of Christ, Moore doesn’t care. And if he’s elected, you can bet he’ll propose laws that make life worse for anyone who doesn’t adhere to his fundamentalist Christian beliefs.
(via Political Wire. Thanks to Scott for the link)