An Alabama senate hopeful blamed Sandy Hook massacre on ‘people forgetting the law of God’.
Roy Moore, who just defeated a President Trump-backed incumbent in the Alabama primary runoff, claimed that dozens of children were murdered in the 2012 mass shooting as punishment for forgetting God.
‘You wonder why we’re having problems in Newtown, Connecticut? All across our country with killing, stealing, committing adultery,’ Moore told the First Baptist Church of Guin in an undated clip.
‘Because we’ve forgotten the law of God.’
Roy Moore, (pictured on September 25) who just defeated a President Trump-backed incumbent in the Alabama primary runoff, claimed that dozens of children were murdered in the 2013 mass shooting as punishment for forgetting God
Twenty children and six adults were murdered in the mass shooting at Sandy Hook School in 2012 (pictured a woman lays flowers outside the school after the massacre)
Now video has emerged of the senate hopeful blaming the massacre (pictured is a shrine to the victims) on ‘people forgetting the law of God’
The outrageous comments, which appear to victim blame innocent children, has sparked fury.
‘Here Roy Moore says that the Newtown community is to blame for the Sandy Hook School massacre bc they weren’t following ‘God’s law.’ Sick,’ Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat, posted on Twitter.
It’s not the first time Moore has claimed that shooting victims had ‘asked for it.’
‘You wonder why we’re having shootings, and killings here in 2017? Because we’ve asked for it,’ he said in August.
‘We’ve taken God out of everything. We’ve taken prayer out of school, we’ve taken prayer out of council meetings.’
‘You wonder why we’re having problems in Newtown, Connecticut? All across our country with killing, stealing, committing adultery,’ Moore told the First Baptist Church of Guin in an undated clip (pictured)
Moore, a hardline conservative Christian and former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, also called for ‘homosexual conduct’ to be illegal during a 2005 interview.
During an interview on C-SPAN2’s After Words, after his expulsion from the court for refusing to take down a monument to the Ten Commandments, Moore was asked how he felt about the Supreme Court decision in Lawrence v. Texas that struck down a law banning sodomy.
He replied that the Supreme Court had ‘usurped the moral prerogative.’
‘Homosexual conduct should be illegal,’ he added.
Moore even once suggested that 9/11 was God’s punishment for things like ‘legitimized sodomy.’
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked about whether Trump, who has switched his support to Moore from Strange, supported his outlandish claims about homosexuality and victim blaming.
‘I would certainly say we don’t agree with those comments,’ she said.
Trump said last Friday during an Alabama rally for Moore’s primary opponent, Sen. Luther Strange, that he ‘might have made a mistake’ with the horse he picked in the race.
Trump (right) had backed Moore’s (left, at his election party on Tuesday) rival in the race for the US Senate
After the upset on Tuesday, Trump said he would support the Senate hopeful, while Moore said on ‘Fox & Friends’ that ‘I certainly support President Trump’s agenda’
He warned his audience that Moore would have a hard time beating a Democratic opponent in the upcoming special election, while Strange would have coasted to victory easily.
‘Roy has a very good chance of not winning in the general election,’ Trump cautioned.
‘Roy is going to have a hard time, but I will be backing him if he wins.’
‘I’m going to be here campaigning like hell for him,’ he added.
Moore clinched a nine-point victory over Sen. Luther Strange Tuesday to take the GOP nomination for the seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Moore will face Democrat Doug Jones in a Dec. 12 special election.
It was a political resurrection for the 70-year-old former Alabama chief justice who was twice removed from those duties after taking stands for public display of the Ten Commandments and against gay marriage.
Moore, in his victory speech, returned to themes of God and government, saying that he had ‘never prayed to win this campaign’ but only that’s ‘God’s will be done.’
Steve Bannon-backed jurist Roy Moore (left) defeated Republican incumbent Luther Strange (right), backed by both President Donald Trump and deep-pocketed allies of Sen. Mitch McConnell in the Alabama primary runoff for U.S. Senate
Steve Bannon had backed Moore to win, putting him in direct opposition to Trump who backed Strange
‘We have to return the knowledge of God and the Constitution of the United States to the United States Congress,’ Moore told a cheering crowd in his victory party in Montgomery.
Moore predicted the race could be a bellwether for the 2018 midterms, saying the victory tells the establishment in ‘Washington, D.C., that their wall has been cracked and will now fall.’
The race has pitted Trump against his former strategist Steve Bannon who had argued Moore was a better fit for the ‘populist’ movement.
After Strange’s defeat, Trump appears to be backtracking and seems to have deleted a number of tweets showing his support.
Conservative darling and former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin also stumped for Moore, while current Vice President Mike Pence campaigned with Strange. The race has attracted millions of dollars in outside campaign funds.
Introducing Moore, Bannon told a frenzied crowd that the victory was a repudiation of the ‘fat cats’ of Washington who pumped millions into the Alabama race to boost Strange.
Trump had backed Luther Strange over Moore; Strange would have been a reliable ‘yes’ vote on the latest Republican bill to replace Obamacare with a state-based block grant program
Bannon declared Moore’s win a victory for Trump, despite the president’s support for Strange. Moore said he supports the president and his agenda.
After the race, Trump tweeted his congratulations to Moore, noting that ‘Luther Strange started way back & ran a good race.’ Trump and Moore spoke by telephone later Tuesday night.
Even though Alabama has not sent a Democrat to the U.S. Senate in two decades, Democrats are hopeful they have an opening in the December election against Moore.
Their candidate, Doug Jones is a former U.S. attorney best known for prosecuting the Klansmen who killed four girls in a 1963 church bombing. He said Tuesday that he wanted to focus the race on the ‘kitchen table issues’ that matter to all Alabamians, ‘health care, education for our kids, jobs and a living wage.’
The Democrats have attacked Moore on his anti-gay, extremist views.
‘Judge Roy Moore is unfit for office and his primary victory means huge problems for Republicans across the country,’ said American Bridge spokesman Joshua Karp. ‘Every Republican should have to answer for Moore’s extreme views and disgusting statements.’