MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell implied that Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore is a defender of slavery Friday.
Mitchell said, “This is what Roy Moore said on the record to the L.A. Times. ‘I think it was great at the time, when America was great, when families were united. Even though we had slavery, they cared for one another. Our families were strong, our country had a direction.'”
Mitchell added that statement could “only be interpreted as a defense of slavery.”
The MSNBC host is referencing a statement Moore made months ago in which he answered a question from an African-American audience member about when America was “great” to Moore.
He responded that America “was great at the time when families were united–even though we had slavery–they cared for one another.
Moore also said, “Our families were strong, our country had a direction.”
Later in the interview, he indicated that he believes slavery was a “problem.”
“The greatness I see was in our culture, not in all our policies. There were problems. We had slavery, we’ve overcome slavery.”