Roy Moore's lawyer says MSNBC host's 'background' would help him understand why Moore would date teenage women

  • Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore's attorney Trenton Garmon suggested Ali Velshi would understand Moore's relationship with teenage girls because of his "background."
  • Garmon has a history of making strange comments about hosts on cable news.


Embattled GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore's attorney suggested that an MSNBC anchor understood Moore's history of dating teenage girls because of the host's "background."

In an interview on MSNBC's "Velshi and Ruhle," Trenton Garmon attempted to defend Moore over allegations that he sexually assaulted and harassed several teenagers when he was in his 30s, saying he had a handwriting expert to study a victim's yearbook Moore allegedly signed.

During the discussion, host Stephanie Ruhle asked Garmon why Moore said he needed permission from the mothers of the women he dated if they were not underage.

14 PHOTOS
Women who have accused Roy Moore of sexual assault
See Gallery
Women who have accused Roy Moore of sexual assault
Beverly Nelson (L) shows a school year book with attorney Gloria Allread during a news conference announcing new allegations of sexual misconduct against Alabama Republican congressional candidate Roy Moore, in New York, November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Gloria Deason
Wendy Miller
Gloria Deason
Wendy Miller
Gloria Deason
Accuser Beverly Young Nelson, reacts while reading a statement claiming that Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore sexually harassed her when she was 16, in New York, U.S., November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Attorney Gloria Allred stands with accuser Beverly Young Nelson, holding a sketch of herself made when she was 16 after reading a statement claiming that Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore sexually harassed her when she was 16, in New York, U.S., November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Beverly Nelson (L) reacts as she reads a statement to reporters with attorney Gloria Allred during a news conference announcing new allegations of sexual misconduct against Alabama Republican congressional candidate Roy Moore, in New York, November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 13: Beverly Young Nelson (L) speaks to the media with her lawyer Gloria Allred, at a news conference where she has accused Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexually abusing her when she was 16 on November 13, 2017 in New York City. Moore, a controversial politician who recently won a run-off against Luther Strange for Alabama's Senate seat, is currently fighting accusations alleging that he pursued sexual relationships with teenagers -- including a 14-year-old -- when he was in his 30s. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

"Culturally speaking, there are differences. I looked up Ali's background, there — wow, that's awesome that you have such a diverse background,  it's really cool to read that," he said.

Ruhle immediately cut Garmon off.

"What does Ali Velshi's background have to do with dating children, 14-year-old girls?" Rhule asked.

"Sure. In other countries there's arrangement through parents for what we would refer to as consensual marriages," he said.

"Ali's from Canada," Rhule interjected.

"I understand that. And Ali's also spent time in other countries," Garmon said.

"So have I," Ruhle said.

"I don't know where you're going with this, Trenton," Velshi said.

The interview immediately went viral online, as many observers said that the comments were racially charged. Though his family is of Indian descent, Velshi grew up in Canada, and he was born in Nairobi, Kenya.

Garmon's comments came just a few days after he made other bizarre comments directed at another television host.

On Friday, Garmon dubbed CNN host Don Lemon "Don Easy Peasy Lemon Squeeze-e," a moniker he repeated during the interview.

Watch the clip via MSNBC:

NOW WATCH: A billionaire spent $10 million on an ad calling for Trump's impeachment

See Also:

SEE ALSO: Here's how advertisers have responded to Hannity's coverage of the Roy Moore allegations

Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.