What a fitting conclusion to an insane election.
Ted Crockett, the spokesman for Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, appeared on CNN Tuesday evening to make one final pitch before the polls close in the Cotton State.
It was bad enough that Crockett seemed wholly unprepared to explain Moore’s position on various political and social issues. It was worse when Crockett said Moore “probably” still believes members of the LGBT community should be imprisoned.
But the wildest and weirdest moment in the interview occurred toward the end of their discussion, when Crockett, a thrice-elected state official, revealed he had no idea public servants could be sworn-in on anything other than the Bible.
CNN’s Jake Tapper pressed Crockett to explain Moore’s belief that Muslims ought to be barred from holding public office. Moore even likened being sworn-in on the Quran to being sworn-in on “Mein Kampf” or the “Communist Manifesto.”
Explaining the legitimacy of a would-be U.S. senator supporting religious tests for non-Christians for public office, Crockett said Tuesday, “Because you have to swear on the Bible.”
“I had to do it. I’m an elected official three terms. I had to swear on a Bible. You have to swear on a Bible to be an elected official in the United States of America. He alleges that a Muslim cannot do that ethically swearing on the Bible,” he added.
This is not actually a requirement of public office.
“You don’t actually have to swear on a Christian Bible, you can swear on anything, really,” Tapper rightly noted. “I don’t know if you knew that. You can swear on a Jewish Bible.”
He added, “The law is not that you have to swear on a Christian Bible. That is not the law. Did you know that?”
Crockett did not know that, as his stunned silence clearly indicated.
Moore’s spokesman eventually replied, “I know that Donald Trump did it when he, when we made him president.”
Yeah, OK. That’s because Trump is a Presbyterian and because he requested a Bible.
What a fitting conclusion to a garbage election.