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Roy Moore is a walking gaffe: The leader in Alabama's senate race has issues with a few Republican ideas

The former Alabama chief justice didn't know what DACA was, nor did he know what right-to-work laws are


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Taylor Link
September 5, 2017 6:46PM (UTC)

Roy Moore is undoubtedly well-versed in the same-sex-marriage debate, having defied the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that same-sex unions were legal under federal law. But when it comes to just about any other issue affecting the country, the Alabaman candidate for the U.S. Senate is not as well-versed.

That became apparent during an April meeting with the American Principles Project, when the former Alabama Chief Justice was asked about a national right-to-work law.

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Moore asked the questioner to explain "a little" what a national right-to-work law was. "National right-to-work," he asked. "Explain . . . a little bit."

Moore apparently did not know that a right-to-work law prohibits the compulsion of workers to join or pay for unions.

The episode was eerily similar to another gaffe highlighted by The Washington Examiner. In July, Moore was asked about DACA on an Alabama radio show when WVNN radio host Dale Jackson brought up Dreamers.

"Pardon? The Dreamer program?" Moore responded in confusion.

"Yes, sir, the DACA/DAPA," Jackson said. "You're not aware of what Dreamers are?"

"No," Moore said. "Why don't you tell me what it is Dale and quit beating around and tell me what it is."

At the American Principles Project in April, Moore again had to have a questioner explain a policy question. One unidentified person stepped in to ease the awkwardness in the room.

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"You have to understand he's from the South," the unidentified voice said. "It's like air down there, right-to-work, they didn't know there was any other way."

Moore, for his part, rejected compulsory unions and said he would support a national right-to-work law.

According to a recent Harper Polling survey, Moore is in a virtual tie with U.S. Sen. Luther Strange for the GOP primary.


Taylor Link

Taylor Link is an assistant editor at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @taylorlink_

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