NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley has no filter.
He’s made many incendiary comments on a variety of topics over the years.
But what he said about senate candidate Roy Moore might just take the cake.
Barkley accused Roy Moore of being a “white separatist” because of an endorsement from former White House strategist Steve Bannon.
This is an odd charge for several reasons: (1) Moore has run for office in Alabama for decades and ostensibly never had such claims levied against him before. (2) Moore wasn’t the first candidate Bannon backed in the primary. (3) Allegations of racism against Bannon have been debunked.
From USA Today:
NBA Hall of Famer and Alabama native Charles Barkley said over the weekend that congressional candidate Roy Moore should have been disqualified “way before this women stuff came up” because of his association with Steve Bannon.
Speaking to a small group of reporters before Saturday’s Alabama-Auburn football game, Barkley referred to Bannon, the former White House strategist and leader of Breitbart News, as a “white separatist.”
“Roy Moore is running with Steve Bannon as his right-hand man, who is a white separatist,” Barkley said. “I’m not even going to get into the women stuff. But the guy — how can you be a white separatist and represent all the constituents in your state? I mean, everybody is going crazy over this sexual allegations, but Roy Moore, to me, when he brought in Steve Bannon, should have been disqualified.”
Bannon has repeatedly defended Moore, who has been accused of making sexual advances toward teenage girls when he was in his 30s. Earlier this month, he described the allegations against Moore, the Republican nominee for Senate in Alabama’s special election next month, as “an orchestrated hit from the Uniparty.”
Barkley, who is also an NBA analyst for TNT, grew up outside Birmingham, Alabama and played basketball at Auburn. He appeared as a guest picker on ESPN’s College Gameday before the Tigers’ 26-14 win over Alabama, and a statue of him was unveiled at Auburn on Saturday.
The outspoken 54-year-old was also asked about Moore’s Democratic opposition, Doug Jones. While explaining that he doesn’t know much about Jones, Barkley said, “If I lived here, I would vote for Doug Jones.”
“It has nothing to do about being Republican or Democrat. It’s about doing the right thing,” Barkley said. “You can’t have a guy running for political office who is a white separatist. Plain and simple. I don’t even understand why — it has nothing to do with being a Democrat or Republican or a liberal or a conservative. The guy has a guy running with him who’s a white separatist. That’s immoral and wrong.”
Barkley has previously stated that if he were to run for office, he would run as a Republican. If that’s the case, he should read-up on socialist Democrat candidate Doug Jones, whom he would probably oppose on almost all issues.