Roy Moore’s spokeswoman late Wednesday appeared to dodge an array of questions on topics including the Republican Alabama Senate candidate’s views on Muslims, homosexuals and Sept. 11.
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“Does Judge Moore still believe that homosexual conduct should be illegal and that homosexuality is still the same thing as bestiality?” CNN host Anderson Cooper asked Janet Porter.
“I don’t have that answer, but I can tell you what he does believe regarding that issue. And regarding that issue, if you want to talk about making sure we don’t have sexual predators,” she responded.
“No, I’m not talking about sexual predators. I’m talking about anybody that’s homosexual — gay, lesbian people,” Cooper responded.
“Excuse me, Anderson, Mr. Anderson Cooper. Let me just say, he wants to put out a welcome mat in front of these young girls, if you are a junior high school girl or if you are a high school girl, what ‘abortion Jones’ is saying is we’re putting out a welcome mat to any boy who’s feeling like a girl that day, he’s free to walk into the bathroom, the locker room with his camera phone and shower with your daughter. People of Alabama aren’t going to take this radical position,” Porter responded, referring to Moore’s Democratic challenger, Doug Jones.
Cooper went on to ask Porter about Moore’s past remarks about the Sept. 11 attacks, in which the candidate said the U.S. had “distanced ourselves from God.”
“You know, this is the thing. That when — a lot of people talk about God and how they’re Christians. In fact if you look at the commercials of Doug — of Roy Moore’s opponent, he’s telling everybody what a great Christian he is and how he defends —,” she said, later adding that she did not have the answer to Sept. 11.
Cooper went on to ask Porter whether Moore still believed Muslims should not be allowed to serve in Congress, to which Cooper cited the concept of Sharia, or Islamic law.
“I think that what he’s getting at there is that we believe in the rule of law by the Constitution, not Sharia law. And I think that’s really the bottom line and what we’re looking at,” she said.
“I believe his position has to do with whether we follow the Constitution or the ridiculously oppressive to women Sharia law,” she later added.
And when asked whether Moore still believes former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaHarris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Five ways America would take a hard left under Joe Biden Valerie Jarrett: ‘Democracy depends upon having law enforcement’ MORE was not born in the U.S., Porter said, “That is his position. I’m pretty sure — I can tell you with confidence that this is the guy that stood with the Constitution even when it cost him everything.”
The interview comes less than a week before Moore is set to face off with Jones for Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsMcCabe, Rosenstein spar over Russia probe Rosenstein takes fire from Republicans in heated testimony Rosenstein defends Mueller appointment, role on surveillance warrants MORE’s former Senate seat.
Moore has faced numerous accusations of sexual misconduct involving teenagers. President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE endorsed him earlier this month. The Republican National Committee also reinstated its support for Moore after originally saying they could not support him.
This report was updated at 9:52 a.m.