The wife of Roy Moore, the controversial Senate candidate who has been accused of sexual misconduct with minors when he was in his 30s, raised eyebrows on Monday evening when she argued against claims that the couple were anti-Semitic by noting that “one of our attorneys is a Jew.”
“Fake news would tell you that we don’t care for Jews. And I tell you all this because I’ve seen it, and I just want to set the record straight while they’re here,” Kayla Moore said at a rally in Midland City, Alabama, the night before the election. “One of our attorneys is a Jew.”
She added, “We have very close friends that are Jewish, and rabbis, and we also fellowship with them.”
Twitter erupted with reactions, including from celebrities such as Zach Braff and comedian Michael Ian Black.
Braff joked with a GIF of Mariah Carey’s infamous “I don’t know her” line.
Black added, “Oh my God, the clip is so much worse than just reading the quote. And reading the quote is atrocious.”
Kayla Moore, wife of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, accuses media of painting couple as anti-Semitic. pic.twitter.com/Vcczj6pNPv— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 12, 2017
Kayla Moore: “We know a Jew.”— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) December 12, 2017
Oh my God, the clip is so much worse than just reading the quote. And reading the quote is atrocious. https://t.co/d49R9QPPsf— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) December 12, 2017
Kayla Moore (Roy Moore’s wife):— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) December 12, 2017
“Fake news will tell you that we don’t care for Jews. One of our attorneys is a Jew!” pic.twitter.com/tu6UNctUTS
Kayla Moore is a real life SNL sketch. pic.twitter.com/svJXVIcpJ6— Sean Kent (@seankent) December 12, 2017
To those who say we don't like black people. One of our slaves is black. - Kayla Moore probably— Sean Kent (@seankent) December 12, 2017
when kayla moore said “one of our attorneys is a jew” we all know she meant jesus— Aparna Nancherla (@aparnapkin) December 12, 2017
I’m not homophobic one of my hairdressers is a gay ~ Kayla Moore— Robbie Rogers (@robbierogers) December 12, 2017
Kayla Moore: ‘We’re no bigots, one of our attorneys is a Jew!’ pic.twitter.com/8wECVmJCbd— Matt Doyle (@MattfDoyle) December 12, 2017
As voters go to the polls in a high-profile Alabama Senate special election, Republican candidate Roy Moore and Democratic candidate Doug Jones are getting help from some big names: the current and former presidents of the United States.
Former President Barack Obama has recorded a robocall for Jones, a source familiar with the Jones campaign told PEOPLE, as has former Vice President Joe Biden. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has recorded a robocall for Moore.
CNN reported that, in the call, Obama says: “This one’s serious — you can’t sit it out.”
In Trump’s robocall, which lasts about 90 seconds, the President urges voters turn out and support Moore, arguing that Jones’ victory would undermine his agenda in Washington.
“If Alabama elects liberal Democrat Doug Jones, all of our progress will be stopped.” Trump says in the call. “Roy Moore is the guy we need to pass, make America great again agenda.”
The Alabama election was thrust into the national spotlight after the Washington Post reported last month that Moore, who was expected to cruise to victory in the overwhelmingly conservative state, had pursued several women when they were teenagers and he was in his thirties. Leigh Corfman claims Moore pursued her when when she was just 14, while Beverly Young Nelson, says Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 16, groping her against her will, and — after she resisted—“squeezing my neck and attempting to force my head into his crotch.”
Moore has repeatedly denied all allegations of sexual misconduct against him.
“These allegations are completely false. They are malicious. Specifically, I do not know any of these women nor have I ever engaged in sexual misconduct with anyone,” he said at an Alabama rally in late November.