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Murphy: 'Abhorrent' That GOP Embraces Moore After Comments On Sandy Hook

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy appears Thursday night on 'All In With Chris Hayes' on MSNBC.
U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy appears Thursday night on 'All In With Chris Hayes' on MSNBC. Photo Credit: MSNBC Screenshot

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy took to Twitter and to the airwaves to blast Roy Moore, who won the Alabama primary this week to become the Republican candidate to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the Senate.

“Here Roy Moore says that the Newtown community is to blame for the Sandy Hook School massacre bc they weren't following "God's law." Sick,” Murphy posted on Twitter @ChrisMurphyCT.

And in an appearance Thursday night on "All In With Chris Hayes" on MSNBC, Murphy used even stronger language.

Hayes asked Murphy, "Are you surprised that your Republican colleagues seemed so eager to embrace Roy Moore?"

"I am surprised. ... They are truly desperate and they're desperate because the end they are trying to achieve is deeply deeply unpopular," Murphy said.

The Republican Party is overlooking Moore's past "abhorrent" statements on Sandy Hook in an effort to get the votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which "nobody wants," he said.

"They have to go to rather unique and extraordinary lengths like endorsing people like Roy Moore," Murphy said.

"I was surprised at the level of enthusiasm for a guy who essentially said that Sandy Hook deserved it because our community had stopped following God," Murphy said. "I was a little shocked that they would rally to his cause so quickly."

When asked by Hayes how he felt about Moore's comments about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which left 20 first-graders and six educators dead, Murphy said, "It brings tears to my eyes."

In footage found by CNN, Moore said that children were massacred at Sandy Hook because Americans have “forgotten the law of God,” according to footage that resurfaced this week.

“You wonder why we’re having problems in Newtown, Connecticut? All across our country with killing, stealing, committing adultery,” Moore told the First Baptist Church of Guin in an undated clip. “Because we’ve forgotten the law of God.”

Click here to watch the clip with Murphy on "All In With Chris Hayes."

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