- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Roy Moore, the Republican front-runner in Alabama’s Senate race who referred to racial tensions between “reds and yellows” during a recent campaign speech, appeared to defend his language in a pair of tweets Monday evening.

Mr. Moore, a former chief justice on the state Supreme Court, was speaking to a crowd in Florence, Alabama, Sunday when he asked, “We were torn apart in the Civil War — brother against brother, North against South, party against party. What changed?”

“Now we have blacks and whites fighting, reds and yellows fighting, Democrats and Republicans fighting, men and women fighting,” he said. “What’s going to unite us? What’s going to bring us back together? A president? A Congress? No. It’s going to be God.”

“Red” and “yellow” are widely recognized as racial slurs toward Native Americans and Asians, respectively. Mr. Moore’s controversial choice of words was widely criticized, but he appeared to double down Monday evening by quoting the famous Sunday School hymn, “Jesus Loves the Little Children.”

“Red, yellow, black and white they are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world. This is the Gospel,” he wrote. “If we take it seriously, America can once again be united as one nation under God.”

Polls show Mr. Moore leading President Trump-endorsed Sen. Luther Strange in next Tuesday’s special election runoff race. The winner is set to face Democrat Doug Jones.

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