Today is a big day for Alabama. It’s when residents decide whether to vote for Republican (and accused child abuser) Roy Moore, or Democrat Doug Jones for Senate. And last night at a rally, Moore’s wife, Kayla Moore, made a bizarre and inarguably offensive statement while attempting to both support and defend her husband.
Mrs. Moore told the crowd that she wanted to dispel false rumors about her husband — specifically claims that he is anti-semitic, which came after he insinuated in a radio interview that (Jewish) Democratic mega-donor George Soros would go to hell for his beliefs. She began by saying, “The fake news — they paint him a different picture, their picture. So let me tell you who he is.”
“Fake news would tell you that we don’t care for Jews. I tell you all this because I’ve seen it all so I just want to set the record straight while they’re here.” She then paused dramatically, stating, “One of our attorneys is a Jew.”
Mrs. Moore paused for applause, and concluded the thought with, “We have very close friends that are Jewish and rabbis and we also fellowship with them.”
Kayla Moore is a real life SNL sketch. pic.twitter.com/svJXVIcpJ6— Sean Kent (@seankent) December 12, 2017
Let’s make one thing clear: Claiming you’re not anti-semitic because you know “a Jew” does not make you not anti-semitic. In fact, this is one of the oldest and laziest deflection tactics in the how to be a politically correct racist manual (see: “I can’t be racist, I have a black friend”). One can know people of other races, creeds, and ethnicities — and even have outwardly friendly relationships with them — but it does not mean that bias, bigotry, or a sense of “other” does not exist.
Also, referring to any person or persons of Jewish faith or descent as merely “a Jew” is both a reductive and a questionable phrase in and of itself. One would hope that the Moores could defend themselves with say, a record of inclusiveness and inter-faith outreach, as opposed to generic, negligible claims of happening to know a few Jewish people.
Twitter was also not having this absurd line of logic.
#RoyMoore's wife shouts from a stage just now that she and her husband cannot be antisemitic:— Nick Walden Poublon (@NWPinPDX) December 12, 2017
"One of our attorneys is a Jew!"#Maddow and #Lawrence speechless. So am I.#NoMoore #ALSEN #Alabama #KaylaMoore
"Hey we're not anti-Semitic, our lawyer's a Jew! And we're not racist, our maid is black, our dry cleaner is Chinese, and we love gettin' Slurpees from the 7-11 and that's owned by a Hindooooo!" -- #KaylaMoore, auditioning to play herself on an SNL skit sometime soon— Tim Wise (@timjacobwise) December 12, 2017
This Jew says #KaylaMoore has proven, with her own words how #Antisemitic she is. The Moore’s, might possibly be the worst people in the America at this moment. #NoMoorePredators #NoMooreInOurSenate #resist https://t.co/neS1oy5AmB— Meryl Lynn Ranzer (@merylnyc) December 12, 2017
The election results will be in this evening, and we’ll be monitoring the situation closely.