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Roy Moore's purported comments that America was last 'great' under slavery go viral

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Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore allegedly made remarks during a September Florence, Alabama, rally in which he said that the last time America was "great" was under slavery.

What are the details?

According to a September Los Angeles Times report where Moore's alleged remarks were featured, an African-American audience member at the rally reportedly asked Moore when he last thought America was "great."

"I think it was great at the time when families were united — even though we had slavery — they cared for one another," Moore allegedly responded. "Our families were strong, our country had a direction."

The purported comments resurfaced Thursday night through a viral tweet courtesy by Eric Columbus, a former Obama administration official.

Did Moore respond?

Vox reached out to Hannah Ford, deputy campaign manager for Moore, and asked her if Moore really thought the last time America was "great" was when it still had slavery.

Ford was quoted by Vox as saying: "To suggest such is recklessly malicious. Judge Moore clearly made his point: America is great when our families are united, as in the husband and wife committed to each other and raising their children to be good citizens."

Moore faces Democrat Doug Jones for the Alabama Senate seat in a special election on Tuesday.

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