If Alabama Senate candidate and accused sexual predator Roy Moore had his way, all of the constitutional amendments after the 10th Amendment would be eradicated—doing so would “eliminate many problems,” Moore told a radio host in a 2011 interview resurfaced by CNN on Sunday.
During an appearance the “Aroostok Watchmen” show, which is hosted by two conspiracy theorists who believe the Sandy Hook shooting was a false flag, Moore suggested that constitutional amendments after the Bill of Rights had “tried to wreck” American democracy.
Moore’s comments came after one of the hosts mused about a constitutional amendment that would nullify all the amendments after the Tenth. “That would eliminate many problems. You know people don’t understand how some of these amendments have completely tried to wreck the form of government our forefathers intended,” Moore responded.
You can listen to their conversation below:
Repealing all the amendments after the Tenth would noticeably include the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery in 1865. But voiding the 13th Amendment likely wouldn’t be a problem for Moore, whose comments slavery continue to demonstrate his deeply rooted bigotry. At a campaign rally in September, Moore told one of the only black audience members that the last time America was “great” was when “families were united—even though we had slavery—they cared for one another.”
Moore’s version of the Constitution would also exclude: the 15th Amendment, which prohibited federal and state governments from denying citizens the right to vote based on race, and the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. I’m no constitutional law expert, but I’m going to take a wild guess and say that repealing these amendments wouldn’t “eliminate” any problems at all—in fact, I think it would create quite a few!
In a statement responding to CNN’s story, Moore’s campaign pushed back on the idea that he would really rather a country where slavery still existed, same-sex marriage was illegal, and women couldn’t vote.
“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, Moore’s campaign spokesman, said. “Roy Moore does not now nor has he ever favored limiting an individual’s right to vote, and as a judge, he was noted for his fairness and for being a champion of civil rights.”