Roy Moore apparently believes America was a better place when slavery was still legal.

At a campaign event earlier this year, an audience member asked the Alabama Senate candidate for his opinion on when the last time America was “great.” Moore responded: “I think it was great at the time when families were united—even though we had slavery—they cared for one another…. Our families were strong, our country had a direction.”

His remarks were featured in an article from the Los Angeles Times in September but resurfaced Thursday in a viral tweet from Eric Columbus, a former Obama administration official. “Can’t make this up—Roy Moore said in September that the last time America was great was when we had slavery,” he tweeted.


Similar to Trump’s slogan, “Make America Great Again,” which many have interpreted as a rallying cry to incite white nationalists. The President reportedly said “Go get ‘em, Roy!” during a recent phone call with the candidate.

On December 4, Trump tweeted, “Putting Pelosi/Schumer Liberal Puppet Jones into office in Alabama would hurt our great Republican Agenda of low on taxes, tough on crime, strong on military and borders…& so much more. Look at your 401-k’s since Election. Highest Stock Market EVER! Jobs are roaring back!”

The Alabama Senate also has referred to Native Americans as “reds and yellows,” has questioned former President Barack Obama’s place of birth and once suggested Muslims should not be allowed to serve in Congress.