Democrats are now trying to jump on the fact that Roy Moore dated his wife Kayla while she was still married to her ex-husband. Does this show blatant hypocrisy over his love of family values? Yup. Does it show that he just lies about his past? Yup. Will it mean anything to the Alabama voters? Nope.
If the average Alabama voter doesn’t care about him dating high school chicks when he was in his 30s, what makes you think they’ll care about him dating a woman while she was still married? At what point will we realize that these people don’t actually care about values, but instead care about “shaking up” the political elite? At what point will we realize the average American voter is pretty bigoted, so when some politician comes along who isn’t politically correct and validates that bigotry, they’re going to latch onto that politician?
What hasn’t been brought up about Roy Moore or made the news rounds? The fact that Moore questioned Keith Ellison’s ability to be in Congress simply because Ellison is a Muslim has hardly been brought up. Why? Because it’s just not controversial; how can something many Americans agree with be controversial? This is the same guy who in 2009 said the only thing Islam had done for the US was done on September 11, 2001. He’s also said that Muslims shouldn’t serve in the military.
Basically, the man hates Muslims and has no problem treating them not just as second-class citizens, but as non-citizens simply because of their beliefs. And that’s not getting airtime. Why? Because it’s just not all that controversial.
Therein lies the problem – we’ve normalized bigotry in the US. Not that this has never been done before, but there was always some type of resistance. But with Trump showing his videos and Moore’s controversy being a sexual predator (which is bad, very bad, but so is basically calling for us to treat an entire religious group as persona non grata). Once we’ve normalized bigotry, when the bigots take the next step of removing rights from that group, we don’t really throw a ton of protests out there. Back in January and February when Trump’s travel ban went into effect, we had thousands of protests with thousands of people. When the Supreme Court upheld it the other day, we saw nothing.
We need to understand that bigotry will always occur, especially in the US. But what makes bigotry dangerous is when we don’t call it out and when we don’t protest it and act against it. Because the only way bigotry becomes normalized is if we allow it to become normalized, and the more normalized it gets, the closer we get to doing some pretty horrible things to people.