Moore Lawyer Invokes Ali Velshi Background

The embattled Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore story keeps getting more bizarre. Asked during an interview about Moore having allegedly asked mothers for permission to date their daughters, his lawyer Trenton Garmon invoked the “background” of MSNBC host Ali Velshi. “Culturally speaking, I would say there's differences. I looked up Ali's background there, and wow that's awesome that you have got such a diverse background. That's really cool to read through that.” It gets worse. Velshi's co-host, a visibly annoyed Stephanie Ruhle, asked what Velshi's background had to do with dating teenage girls. Garmon offered: “In other countries, there's arrangement through parents for what we would refer to as consensual marriage.” Ruhle replied, “Ali is from Canada.” Garmon pressed on: “And Ali's also spent time in other countries ... so it's not a bad thing.” One of the things we found notable about the entire exchange is how rightfully outraged Ruhle was as Ari calmly sat back and smirked, “I don’t know where you’re going with this.” Why so calm? It’s likely this is not the first ignorant encounter Ali has had to endure. FYI, Velshi is of Indian descent, but he was born in Kenya and grew up in Canada, after his family made brief stops in Pakistan, England, and NYC. See the full exchange here.

Tiffany D. Cross