Jimmy Kimmel is ready and willing to face-off with controversial Republican Roy Moore in person — as soon as Moore gets “some Christian values.”
Moore — whose Senate campaign has been rocked by sexual assault allegations — called out Kimmel on Twitter Thursday, urging him to venture on down to Alabama to “mock our Christian values” in person.
“If you want to mock our Christian values, come down here to Alabama and do it man to man,” Moore wrote, linking to a Breitbart article that blasted Kimmel for hiring an actor to disrupt a worship service where Moore was speaking Wednesday night.
The “Jimmy Kimmel Live” host promptly responded, saying he’d be happy to oblige — as soon as Moore gained said values.
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“Sounds great Roy — let me know when you get some Christian values and I’ll be there!” he replied.
The tense talk continued, with Moore tentatively accepting Kimmel’s proposal — but not without first accusing him of being bigoted toward southerners.
“Despite D.C. and Hollywood Elites’ bigotry towards southerners, Jimmy, we’ll save you a seat on the front pew,” he wrote.
Kimmel responded again, this time with a zinger referencing the predatory claims currently facing Moore.
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“OK Roy, but I’m leaving my daughters at home! P.S. – wear that cute little leather vest,” he wrote.
The argument stems from a Wednesday night incident at the Magnolia Springs Baptist Church in Theodore, Ala.
Jake Byrd — a fictional character played by actor Tony Barbieri — appeared at the church ahead of Moore’s scheduled speech and interrupted interviews with Moore supporters, clad in a shirt with “Gimme Moore” emblazoned across the front, according to Alabama Local News.
Though Barbieri was playing the part of a Moore supporter, he interrupted the politician’s speech, reportedly heckling him with cries of “That’s a man’s man!” and “Does that look like the face of a molester?” before he was escorted out by police.
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Barbieri has appeared on Kimmel’s show before as Byrd, and the late-night host confirmed he’d be airing footage from the church Thursday night.
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At least nine women have come forward with claims that Moore pursued a relationship with them as teenagers, when he was in his 30s. Multiple women have also accused him of groping.
The politician has denied the allegations, and in his speech Wednesday, labeled the claims as part of a “conspiracy” concocted by liberals and the LGBT community.
Donald Trump has continued to pledge his support for Moore, and has cast doubt on the veracity of the allegations against him.
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