Washington Post: Roy Moore is unfit to serve in the Senate

Washington Post: Roy Moore is unfit to serve in the Senate
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The Washington Post's editorial board says Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore is "unfit to serve."

In an editorial published Tuesday, the board said Alabama voters have a choice between "one of the most divisive, counterproductive figures in U.S. politics and a well-qualified, even-tempered former prosecutor."

"In other words, there is no choice," the editorial board wrote in backing Democratic candidate Doug Jones.

"Former judge Roy Moore (R) is unfit to serve. Former prosecutor Doug Jones (D) would be a credit to the state."

The Post's editorial board warned that electing Moore would "worsen Washington's problems." 

"His unapologetic extremism would pour gasoline on the already raging fire of partisanship and dysfunction," the editorial said.

Moore "spins up 'facts' to serve his worldview," the editorial board said, adding that the candidate's judicial record shows "contempt for the law."

It referenced Moore's past comments on sharia law and the NFL players' protests.

Some Republicans, the editorial said, may want to look past Moore's "shortcomings" to align with their party's nominee.

"In this instance they should evaluate his opponent, Mr. Jones, with an open mind," the editorial said, adding Jones has run a "high-minded campaign" and has a "distinguished character and temperament."

"Alabamians should reject the radical lawbreaker Mr. Moore and send Mr. Jones, a smart, experienced pragmatist, to Washington," the editorial board said.

Moore has made several controversial comments in the past. Earlier this month, he said NFL players who kneel during the national anthem are breaking the law.

A Fox News poll from earlier this month found Moore and Jones are tied in the race, with 42 percent of the vote each.

President Trump won Alabama by 28 points in 2016 and promised to support Moore after his defeat of Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeLoyalty to Donald Trump is new normal for the Republican Party In GOP primaries, Trump can hurt someone, but can he help? Trump loyalty tests, surging number of women winners defines Tuesday's election results MORE (R-Ala.) in a Republican primary runoff in September.