Alabama Democratic Rep. Terri Sewell warned of dire consequences if voters send Roy Moore to the Senate because he “will only take us backward.”
On Sunday, Sewell was a guest on ABC’s “This Week” when she claimed Moore “harkens us back to the days of segregation.”
She did not clarify what it was about Moore’s record that suggested he was urging a return to the days of Jim Crow. Last week, a fake news story claimed that Moore approved of slavery in its time period.
Nonetheless, Sewell urged voters in her state to reject Moore’s candidacy.
“At the end of the day when Roy Moore, if he should win, goes to Washington, we will always be questioning his character,” she said. “Roy Moore will only take us backwards and harken us back to the days of segregation.”
The only Alabama Democrat elected to either the House or Senate, Sewell insisted the Republicans are “putting party before people, party before principle.”
Addressing the sexual misconduct issue that has dogged Moore for weeks, Sewell said the women who have claimed Moore had inappropriate relationships with them should be believed.
“There’s no reason to doubt these women: independent corroboration, contemporaneous accounts, and eight people who didn’t know each other.”
Sewell said Moore’s Democratic adversary for the Senate, Doug Jones, is the only “candidate in this race who has earned the right to be United States senator,” but she admits Jones may have committed a strategic error by asking voters if Moore was getting a pass on sexual misconduct because he was white.
Jones sent out a mailer that featured a picture of a black man over the caption: “Think if a black man went after high school girls, anyone who try to make him a senator?”
Sewell said there was more to the campaign than just this mailer.
“I don’t think that the folks are concentrating on one piece of literature,” she said. “We have to look at the whole body of evidence and facts that Doug Jones has been saying as to why he’s the right candidate for the state of Alabama.”
The congresswoman said Alabamians need to examine the “full body of issues” when they vote on Dec. 12.