Before the polls closed in Alabama Tuesday night, signaling defeat for conservative judge and alleged sexual predator Roy Moore, his spokesperson went on CNN to discuss some of the Senate candidate's more controversial views. But as he was trying to explain to The Lead's Jake Tapper why Moore believes Muslims can't serve in the US government, the CNN host shared a fact about the Bible that left spokesman Ted Crockett completely speechless.
"Judge Moore has also said that he doesn't think a Muslim member of Congress should be allowed to be in Congress. Why?" Tapper asked. "Under what provision of the Constitution?"
"Because you have to swear on the Bible," Crockett said. "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."
Tapper then explained that actually, no, there isn't a law requiring elected officials to swear on a Bible before taking office. In the Constitution, there's an article that states "no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States." Still, that didn't discourage Moore from arguing that Representative Keith Ellison, who is a Muslim, shouldn't be allowed to serve in Congress because he chose to be sworn in on a Qur'an.
"You don’t actually have to swear on a Christian Bible. You can swear on anything, really. I don’t know if you knew that. You can swear on a Jewish Bible," Tapper said. "The law is not that you have to swear on a Christian Bible."
At that, Crockett sat dumbfounded, mouth agape, blinking at the camera for roughly seven seconds of airtime. He then tried to argue that couldn't be true, since Donald Trump swore on a Bible when he was sworn in as president.
"Because he’s Christian, and he picked it. That’s what he wanted to swear in on," Tapper replied, before quickly signing off. "Good luck tonight. Thank you so much for being here."
The full ten-minute interview was almost as stunning as Democrat Doug Jones's upset victory, which Moore still hasn't conceded. But it was also just wild to watch someone representing the campaign of the "Ten Commandments Judge" be completely stumped on a new fact about the Bible.