Republican House member uses shocking argument in debate on path to reelection

Rep. Jerry Carl (R-AL) said that “everyone has some racist in them” at a debate Wednesday in the state’s 1st Congressional District.

Carl’s remark was in response to a question the debate moderator had asked him and Rep. Barry Moore (R-AL) regarding whether they agreed with Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley’s statement that America has “never been a racist country.” 

“I used to work a lot with ministers … and I had some very private conversations. Everyone has some type of racist in them,” Carl said. “My mother through Pearl Harbor — she couldn’t stand the Japanese, she couldn’t stand it. And it used to just eat her from the inside out.”

Carl, who represents the 1st District, and Moore, who represents in the 2nd District, are competing to be the Republican nominee for the state’s 1st Congressional District in the March 5
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