Roy Moore Called For Eliminating Amendments That Allow Women And Black People To Vote
Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore said during an interview that it would “eliminate many problems” for the US government if it got rid of every constitutional amendment besides the first 10.
Amendments passed after the first 10 include the 13th, which abolished slavery; the 14th, which guaranteed citizenship for former slaves; the 15th, which allowed black people to vote; and the 19th, which allowed women to vote.
Moore made the comments in 2011 during an appearance on “Aroostook Watchmen,” a radio show that traffics in conspiracy theories. CNN uncovered audio of the comments and published them on Sunday.
“That would eliminate many problems,” Moore said on the show, after the host proposed a constitutional amendment that would void all but the first 10. “You know people don’t understand how some of these amendments have completely tried to wreck the form of government that our forefathers intended.”
The comments could give additional ammunition to Doug Jones, Moore’s Democratic rival in Tuesday’s special election. Jones has seen his poll numbers spike since numerous women accused Moore of sexually harassing them or pursuing relationships with them while they were teenagers and he was in his 30s.
Despite the audio evidence, Moore’s campaign spokesman told CNN that Moore does not believe all the amendments after the first 10 should be eliminated.
“Once again, the media is taking a discussion about the overall framework for the separation of powers as laid out in the constitution to twist Roy Moore’s position on specific issues,” Brett Doster told CNN. “Judge Moore has expressed concern, as many other conservatives have, that the historical trend since the ratification of the Bill of Rights has been for federal empowerment over state empowerment.”
Moore is already under fire for saying that “America was great” during the time of slavery.
“I think it was great at the time when families were united — even though we had slavery — they cared for one another…. Our families were strong, our country had a direction,” Moore said when asked at a September campaign rally when he thought America was last great.
As one Twitter user pointed out::
To be clear…
13th Amendment: Ended Slavery
14th Amendment: Guaranteed Equal Protection Under Law
15th Amendment: Granted African Americans Right To Vote
18th Amendment: Alcohol
19th Amendment: Granted Women Right To Vote
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— Dominique Hamilton (@Underrated_Dom) December 11, 2017
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