Yesterday, Roy Moore — an accused child molester and failed Republican candidate for Alabama’s U.S. Senate seat — released a video in which he refused to concede his Tuesday night defeat at the hands of Democratic challenger Doug Jones. True to his anti-LGBTQ record, in the Roy Moore concession refusal video, he blames LGBTQ people for ruining America and his bid for office.
Here’s the Roy Moore concession refusal video:
We watched the video so you don’t have to. So now, here are the five craziest (and most anti-LGBTQ) statements made in the Roy Moore concession refusal video (all of which demonstrate why he wasn’t fit to serve the U.S. Senate in the first place):
1. The United States government isn’t supposed to be ruled by one religion
He starts the video by stating that he will soon celebrate his 32nd wedding anniversary. He then thanks everyone who supported him “in this very important battle for the future of our country” which he calls “a struggle to preserve our republic, our civilization and our religion.”
By “our” religion, he’s presumably talking about the 70% of Americans who are Christian and not the nearly 6% who ascribe to other faiths or the nearly 23% who are atheists. It’s probably worth mentioning that the very first amendment of the U.S. Constitution specifically forbids the government from establishing a key religion into its structure.
That is, when it comes to America and its government, there is no “our religion.” At least, there’s not supposed to be.
2. Roy Moore isn’t going to win a recount
In the video, Moore says, “In this race, we have not received the final count to include military and provisional ballots. This has been a very close race and we are awaiting certification by the Secretary of State.”
This is both true and misleading. At some point between Dec. 26 and Jan. 3, all the votes will go through a final certification process. No one knows how many provisional ballots there are, and while the final ballots and write-in votes are still being counted, even if all 8,700 Alabamians currently serving in the military voted for Moore, that still wouldn’t be enough to beat the more than 21,000 votes that helped Jones win.
If the margin of victory between the two men narrows to 0.5%, that will trigger an automatic recall, but right now the margin stands at 1.5% and that won’t likely change. While Alabama election law is somewhat vague, it’s possible that a recount for any margin above 0.5% would have to be paid for by Moore’s campaign.
3. The descendants of American slaves don’t share Moore’s vision for America
Moore says, “I believe the heart and soul of our country is at stake…. Many do not share the vision of those who built this country.”
It’s worth pointing out that this country’s original inhabitants were murdered by religious extremists and slave-owning racists who thought it God’s will to subjugate brown-skinned people. Countless Native Americans and slaves helped build this country, and they would likely not have shared Moore’s vision.
In fact, exit polling data showed that black voters stood in near-unanimous opposition against Moore and his vision for this country.
4. Moore finds LGBTQ identity immoral, but not sexual assault
In the video, he says:
Today we no longer accept the universal truth that God is the author of our life and liberty. Abortion, sodomy and materialism have taken the place of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness…. We have stopped prayer in schools, we’ve murdered over 60 million of our unborn children, we’ve redefined marriage and destroyed the basis of family…. We’ve even gone to recognize the right of a man to claim to be a woman and vice versa.
He goes on to say, “We have allowed judges and justices to rule over our Constitution and we have become slaves to their tyranny. Immorality sweeps over our land.”
All of this might be poignant if earlier in the video he hadn’t referred to the election of accused sexual assaulter Donald Trump as “a window of hope.” Moore himself faces allegations of sexually molesting teenage girls. Naturally, Moore alludes to the allegations against him as “baseless and false.”
5. He believes more than half of American and Alabamian voters want to destroy America
In a fit of bad syntax, he adds, “Together we must stand against those who would take from us our country,” a presumable reference to the 673,236 Alabamians who voted against him and the 65,853,516 Americans who voted against Trump.
Truth be told, as a 70-year-old politician who just ran a failed campaign, Moore knows that his political life is basically over. The Roy Moore concession refusal video shows that he’s trying to ride that dead horse for as long as he can before its official death certificate arrives.