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Outspoken NBA superstar Charles Barkley isn’t sitting this one out. The Alabama native and former Auburn hoops standout is a vocal critic of Senate candidate Roy Moore, and late Monday he spoke bluntly in support of his Democratic opponent, Doug Jones.

Appearing at a rally for Jones, Barkley urged his neighbors to come to their senses: “We gotta stop looking like idiots to the nation.”

The state of Alabama on Tuesday is holding a special election for the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Moore has been accused of sexual misconduct with two teenagers, and Barkley is furious that this remains a close race. He added that Moore, alive and well politically despite being an accused pedophile, is a script too far-fetched for Hollywood.

Watch Barkley’s rant below.

“We are not a bunch of damn idiots,” he added, turning his attention to Moore’s alliance with former Trump White House advisor Steve Bannon, who is infamous for his inflammatory and racist political side-shows. “He’s playing to that base. The same people holding us back for many, many years.”

Barkley continued: “Only in Alabama could you send a white nationalist separatist who [doesn’t] believe in race mixing to come to Alabama three times and he would get cheered…  It’s time for us to draw a line in the sand and do the right thing.”

Ahead of Tuesday’s race, the polls between Jones and Moore remain murky and deadlocked.

H/T USA Today

Ramon Ramirez

Ramon Ramirez

Ramon Ramirez is the Upstream editor, and his work has appeared in the Washington Post, Grantland, Washington City Paper, Austin American-Statesman, and Austin Monitor.

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