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Alabama state Rep. Arnold Mooney seeks to censure 'kill them now or you kill them later' colleague, shuts down house

Conservative Review

Editor’s note: Mr. Mooney is the father of Blaze Media president Gaston Mooney. Conservative Review is a Blaze Media digital property. The author’s reportage is his own and was not influenced by anyone associated with Blaze Media or Mooney’s campaign.

An Alabama state legislator and Republican Senate candidate's request to censure a Democratic colleague, for his now-infamous "kill them now or kill them later" comments about the state's recent abortion law, shut down business in the chamber.

Wednesday night on the Alabama House floor, state Rep. Arnold Mooney, R, called for the Alabama House of Representatives to formally reprimand Democrat Rep. John Rogers for comments Rogers made opposing a bill that would become the state's newest pro-life law. Rogers said, "Some kids are unwanted. So you kill them now or you kill them later. You bring them in the world unwanted, unloved, you send them to the electric chair. So, you kill them now or you kill them later."

According to a report at, Mooney read from a formal letter requesting censure that Rogers' remarks "have brought national shame and ridicule upon the House and his comments do not represent the Alabama House of Representatives, its staff, or its membership.”

House Speaker Mac McCutcheon, R, then stopped Mooney before he could finish reading, telling him, "Turn the letter in if you wish, but there’s no call for this.”

Mooney's remarks on the floor reportedly caused shouting in the chamber and caused the body to stop working for the night, according to a reporter from the Montgomery Advertiser. says that the House adjourned immediately afterward on a motion offered by the House majority leader.

Mooney's letter also lambastes Rogers for comments he made about Donald Trump Jr. in defense of his original stance. After facing public criticism from the president's son, Rogers responded by calling him "evidently retarded" and stating that "his mother should've aborted him.”

"Representative Rogers' comments are offensive and hurtful to the thousands of Alabama families who have special needs children whom they love, as well as to all Alabama adults with special needs who are living full lives filled with meaning and dignity," Mooney's complaint letter says.

Rogers also publicly defended the practice of abortion for "retarded" and "half deformed" children.

Mooney announced a federal Senate run to unseat incumbent Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala., earlier this month. His campaign recently picked up a high-profile endorsement from Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah.

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