On the eve of the Alabama election that’s put the character of Republican candidate Roy Moore in the spotlight, his wife’s attempt to defend their family’s tolerance seriously backfired.
Kayla Moore was introducing her husband in Midland City, Alabama, on Monday night when she took aim at the media for reporting sexual misconduct allegations against him. The Senate candidate has been accused of molesting two women when they were minors and he was an attorney in his 30s, as well as pursuing and dating other minors.
Moore came under additional criticism last week after implying that Democrat-backing business magnate George Soros would go to hell for his Jewish faith. Moore has suggested that Soros is meddling in the Alabama Senate race.
Moore’s wife sought to address the backlash on Monday. “Fake news would tell you that we don’t care for Jews,” Kayla Moore said. “I tell you all this because I’ve seen it also; I just want to set the record straight while they’re here. One of our attorneys is a Jew. We have very close friends who are Jewish and rabbis, and we also fellowship with them.”
It’s a common misconception, but having friends (or lawyers) who are black or Jewish doesn’t exempt one from holding bigoted views. As HuffPost’s Zeba Blay writes, it “doesn’t mean that you don’t contribute to, perpetuate or, perhaps most importantly, benefit from racism and white supremacy.”
Twitter users were quick to mock Kayla Moore’s remark.
Kayla Moore: “we have a Jewish friend”— Travis Gaither (@travis_gaither) December 12, 2017
The rest of us: “oh really, what’s his name”
Kayla: “..... Jewie Jewstein..?”
"I don't have anything against animals. I eat chicken." -- Kayla Moore https://t.co/mDLvLCUbnF— Simran Jeet Singh (@SikhProf) December 12, 2017
Congrats to Roy and Kayla Moore on knowing a Jewish lawyer. Such a rare find.— Gary Legum (@GaryLegum) December 12, 2017
Don’t worry, the Moores aren’t antisemitic. Kayla Moore says they have a Jewish lawyer.— Kira Lerner (@kira_lerner) December 12, 2017
"Jewish lawyer beat the case" - Rick Ross/Kayla Moore https://t.co/AEW0qhfP8N— Jake Woolf (@jakewoolf) 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, psst, Kayla: Though technically it’s true that individually each one of us is “a Jew,” we typically prefer “Jewish.” “Jew” makes you sound just the tiniest bit anti-semiticky, TOTALLY BY ACCIDENT I’M SURE.— carla sosenko (@carlasosenko) December 12, 2017
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.