Roy Moore’s lawyer makes racist comments about MSNBC’s Ali Velshi

Roy More’s lawyer Trenton Garmon brought up MSNBC’s Ali Velshi’s “awesome diverse background” in defending Roy Moore’s claim that he asks the parents of young girls if he can date them.

Velshi is Canadian. But he’s dark. And it appears the lawyer thinks Velshi is from a country where marriages are “arranged.” (Velshi was born in Kenya.)

It was supremely bizarre, and supremely offensive. Below is Velshi and his cohost, Stephanie Ruhle.

And then donate to Roy Moore’s Democratic opponent, Doug Jones — the election is December 12.

And here’s a snippet of the transcript:

Ruhle: Why would he need permission from any of these girls’ mothers if they weren’t underage?
Garmon: Sure, that’s a good question. Culturally speaking, obviously there’s differences—looked up Ali’s background there. Wow—that’s awesome that you have got such a diverse background. It’s really cool to read through that. But point is this, each culture has its —
Ruhle: What does Ali’s “background have to do with dating a 14 year old?
Garmon: I’m not finished with the context of it. Point of it is this —
Ruhle: Please answer. What does Ali Velshi’s background have to do with dating children, 14 year old girls?
Garmon: Sure. In other countries, there’s arrangement through parents, for what we would refer to as consensual marriage, so.
Ruhle: Ali’s from Canada.
Garmon: I understand that. And Ali’s also spent time in other countries—
Ruhle: So have I!
Garmon: It’s not a bad thing.
Velshi: I don’t know where you’re going with this, Trenton.


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