Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore once suggested getting rid of every amendment after the Tenth — saying “that would eliminate many problems.”
The proposal came in June 2011 during an interview on the “Aroostook Watchmen” radio show, which is hosted by a two conspiracy theorists from Maine.
CNN’s KFile obtained audio from the appearance and posted it online Sunday.
“You know people don’t understand how some of these amendments have completely tried to wreck the form of government that our forefathers intended,” Moore says in one clip.
“For example, the right to keep and bear arms, the First Amendment, freedom of press liberty. Those various freedoms and restrictions have been imposed on the states through the 14th Amendment. And yet the federal government is violating just about every one of them saying that — they don’t they don’t — are not restrained by them.”
At one point, Moore was asked to give his opinion on the 14th Amendment — which guaranteed citizenship, equal rights and protection to former slaves and opened the door for landmark Supreme Court cases, including Brown v. Board of Education and Obergefell v. Hodges.
“People also don’t understand, and being from the South I bet you get it, the 14th Amendment was only approved at the point of the gun,” one of the hosts says.
“Yeah, it had very serious problems with its approval by the states,” Moore replies. “The danger in the 14th Amendment, which was to restrict, it has been a restriction on the states using the first Ten Amendments by and through the 14th Amendment. To restrict the states from doing something that the federal government was restricted from doing and allowing the federal government to do something which the first Ten Amendments prevented them from doing. If you understand the incorporation doctrine used by the courts and what it meant. You’d understand what I’m talking about.”
A campaign spokesman for Moore — who is running against Democrat Doug Jones in Alabama’s special election for Senate — downplayed his comments Sunday night, saying he did not believe amendments after the Tenth should be voided.
“Once again, the media is taking a discussion about the overall framework for the separation of powers as laid out in the constitution to twist Roy Moore’s position on specific issues,” the spokesman told CNN.
“Roy Moore does not now nor has he ever favored limiting an individuals right to vote, and as a judge, he was noted for his fairness and for being a champion of civil rights,” the spokesman added. “Judge Moore has expressed concern, as many other conservatives have, that the historical trend since the ratification of the Bill of Rights has been for federal empowerment over state empowerment.”
Additional audio released Sunday from the June 2011 appearance features a clip in which Moore mentions Adolf Hitler during a chat about former president Barack Obama’s birth certificate controversy.
“Now let me ask you a question. You think that Barry Soetoro — oh I’m sorry, Barack Obama — you think you could get the security clearance that you got,” a host asks him.
“Well, I don’t know about that,” Moore says in response. “I haven’t, I haven’t explored that…You know Hitler once said, ‘you tell a big enough lie long enough, people to believe it.’ And that’s that’s the problem. We’ve got to look at simple facts of the case, and we need to recognize we need a new administration in Washington. And it just doesn’t, based upon party, we need like people that uphold the Constitution not undermine it.”
During another appearance on the show in May 2011, Moore was asked if he would ever be open to “new hearings into what really happened on 9/11″ — to which he said, ” I think they need to explore that, yes.”
“If there’s any new evidence, we always go back to the truth,” Moore said. “If there’s anything that’s not been revealed, we need to know about it.”
In response to those comments, Moore’s campaign spokesman told CNN that they, too, were not what he actually believed.
“[Moore] believes that Islamic terrorists were responsible for the 9/11 attacks, has made rebuilding the military one of his key campaign purposes, and is the only Senate candidate with experience serving in a combat zone,” the spokesman said.
Alabama’s special election, which will be held Tuesday, was pushed into the national spotlight last month after Moore was accused of sexual harassment and misconduct.
Despite the allegations against him, numerous politicians have come to his defense — including President Trump, who was featured on a robo-call that was making the rounds Sunday.
“We need Roy voting for us,” Trump says. “We already know Democrat Doug Jones is a puppet of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, and he will vote with the Washington liberals every single time.”