Republican candidate Roy Moore enters the stage to make his victory speech after defeating incumbent Luther Strange to his supporters at the RSA Activity center in Montgomery, Alabama, US September 26, 2017, during the runoff election for the Republican nomination for Alabama's US Senate seat vacate.
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WASHINGTON — Roy Moore, the controversial Alabama Senate candidate endorsed by President Donald Trump, said George Soros’s agenda is “not our American culture” and suggested the Jewish billionaire philanthropist was headed to hell.
Moore, a Republican, was interviewed on a radio program on Monday when he was asked about an organization, The Ordinary People Society, which seeks to register Alabama felons to vote under a law enacted in May that restores voting rights to people convicted of a broad array of felonies.
Bryan Fischer, the host of the American Family Radio program who is friendly to Moore, asked the Senate candidate what he thought of George Soros, “who seems to think that if you register felons to vote, they will vote for the Democrat.” Soros is not funding the initiative; Fischer had apparently read a Breitbart News story posted online Sunday that sought to link The Ordinary People Society to a number of Soros-funded groups.
Moore rejected the notion that felons would only vote for Democrats but agreed that “Soros was trying to alter the voting populace” in Alabama.
“He is pushing an agenda and his agenda is sexual in nature, his agenda is liberal, and not what Americans need,” said Moore, not explaining what it is about Soros’s agenda that is “sexual.” He also said: “It’s not our American culture. Soros comes from another world that I don’t identify with.”
He suggested that Soros was headed to hell because he is not a Christian. “No matter how much money he’s got, he’s still going to the same place that people who don’t recognize God and morality and accept his salvation are going,” Moore said. “And that’s not a good place.”
Moore, backed by Steve Bannon, the Breitbart CEO and a leader of the far right, was twice elected chief justice of Alabama and twice removed: once for refusing to remove a Ten Commandments monument from a courthouse, and once for trying to force judges in the state to enforce a ban on same-sex marriage after the Supreme Court had ruled such bans unconstitutional. He has said that Muslims should not serve in elected office and has embraced debunked theories that former President Barack Obama was not born in the United States.
Trump endorsed Moore’s opponent in the primary, and then endorsed Moore this week, although seven women have come forward claiming that Moore wooed them when they were teenagers, and in two cases committed sexual assault. The election is on Dec. 12 and Moore faces Doug Jones, a former prosecutor.
Soros, who has donated billions of dollars over the years to liberal and free-market causes, is widely despised by the ultranationalist right in the United States and abroad. Critics have at times used anti-Semitic tropes in attacking the Hungarian-born Holocaust survivor.