"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 answered, also mentioning America's history of racism and division.
The comments came during in article that ran in September in the Los Angeles Times, but went viral yesterday after Eric Columbus, a former member of the Obama administration, tweeted about it on Thursday. The post garnered thousands of retweets within hours.
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Trump's reasoning is that Moore denies the allegations and he needs a Republican (Moore) and not a liberal Democrat like Jones in office where the Senate now has a 52-48 majority. Two of the women have stated that he molested or sexually assaulted them when they were 14 and 15 years old and he was an adult. Moore's event is being advertised as a "Drain the Swamp" rally and is being held on the eve of the special election between Moore and Democrat Doug Jones.
"The president made that decision, and he decided that it was better to have somebody that supports his agenda than a Democrat that doesn't", White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters.
"Your vote is public record and your community will know if you helped stop Roy Moore", an online video ad from the group Highway 31 says.