Today is one of the most-watched elections of the year. After tonight, we’ll know whether the Senate Seat of former Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions has gone to Democratic candidate Doug Jones or accused teen-groper, Republican Roy Moore. Despite his being terrible, polls show Moore being neck-and-neck with Jones. In a final attempt to sway the vote, YouTube comedian Trae Crowder posted a Liberal Redneck Roy Moore takedown video. And despite being about Moore, Crowder finds a way to make his video ultimately uplifting.
If you haven’t been paying attention to the race, Doug Jones is a former U.S. Attorney who successfully prosecuted two Ku Klux Klan members for a 1962 Birmingham church bombing. He also was the attorney who got a guilty verdict on 1996 Olympic bomber Eric Rudolph.
Moore, on the other hand, is politically best known for being fired as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court for trying to block same-sex marriage in Alabama after the U.S. Supreme Court already ruled in favor of it. And that was the second time he was fired as Chief Justice. In 2003, he was fired for refusing a federal court order to remove a marble monument of the Ten Commandments he installed outside the Alabama Judicial Building.
The best parts of the Liberal Redneck Roy Moore video
The Liberal Redneck Roy Moore video opens with a brief explanation of the race’s background, describing the election as a race between “Democrat Doug Jones and a poorly-written villain from a fuckin’ Dukes of Hazzard episode.” And it just gets better from there. He says:
Even when you take into account that the man that they’re replacing is a fucking Hobbit from an alternate universe where J.R.R. Tolkien owns slaves, Roy Moore is an unbelievable bag of shit.
He’s a judge who’s been kicked off the bench twice for refusing to do his job, he’s taken money from his own non-profit, he’s openly admitted that he thinks the last time America was great was before the Civil War, he thinks all legislation should be drafted by Jesus, and he presumably believes that the Devil invented dinosaurs and gay people.
Crowder says Moore represents “everything that’s wrong with the South.” He’s not pleased that Moore feeds into the stereotypes outsiders have about the American South — “Well, yeah, it’s Alabama! They’d elect a Camaro if you’d duct taped a hunting rifle to the side of it and made the horn quote the worst parts of the Bible,” he jokes.
But he says that the election is ultimately more important than that — that a Moore defeat would be less about electing Jones and more about making a victory for the “good South”:
It’s about sending a message to Moore and all of his ilk that they don’t speak for all of us. They don’t represent us. That we are not like them. That we’re better. And I believe the people of Alabama can send that message. I really do.
If you’re one of those people in Alabama who’s like me, and you’ve been politically discouraged for years because you look around and you know you’re a blue dot in a red sea, and you think what’s it matter? If I vote or get involved, what’s it matter? I live in Alabama.
Well, if you’re one of those people in Alabama, or anywhere in the South, and you felt alone and think all hope is lost and that none of it matters and all that, I got something I want you to see.
From there, the Liberal Redneck Roy Moore video goes to a clip from the last show of his 2017 tour. He announces that he’s in front of a crowd of 500 people in Birmingham. He then asks if Roy Moore speaks for them — and the entire crowd shouts “NO!” in unison and starts to boo. And when he asks the crowd, “Are you gonna go out on Tuesday and let him fuckin’ know that?” The crowd erupts in cheers. The video ends with Crowder saying “It’s not over — no matter what happens on Tuesday, the new South belongs to us. Fuck Roy Moore!”
Speaking of hope, it’s worth noting that Moore’s not hugely popular even within his own party. Or, as Crowder says, “Dude, when Mitch McConnell thinks that you suck, you need to re-evaluate your fuckin’ life.” According to CBS, the last time Moore ran in the state of Alabama, he won narrowly, trailing other Republican candidates by a significant margin. And that was in 2012, long before reports of sexual misconduct became national news.