Republican candidate for the Alabama Senate Roy Moore suggested in an interview that America was great during the period of slavery.
His remarks were originally made to the Los Angeles Times in September but have been picked up again by Vox.
"I think it was great at the time when families were united -- even though we had slavery -- they cared for one another. … Our families were strong, our country had a direction," Moore said, according to Vox.
The Vox report noted that rather than being united, black families were often torn apart due to slavery in this period of history.
The same report noted that Moore had referred to Mexican and Chinese people as "reds and yellows."
Vox spoke to Hannah Ford, Moore's deputy campaign manager, who rejected the notion that Moore said slavery was great.
"To suggest such is recklessly malicious," Ford said. "Judge Moore clearly made his point: America is great when our families are united, as in the husband and wife committed to each other and raising their children to be good citizens."
This is not the first time Moore's controversial views have hit the headlines. In 2015, he described the Supreme Court's ruling to legalize gay marriage as being "worse" than its ruling to uphold segregation.
"I believe it's worse because it affects our entire system of morality and family values," More added at the time, according to Al.com.
In an interview with CNN, Janet Porter, Moore's spokeswoman, was questioned about other controversial questions, including allegations that Moore sexually harassed teenage girls when he was in his 30s.
"First off, when we talk about believing the women, I would ask the question of maybe some lacrosse players at Duke University, ask them if they believe every woman who makes an accusation," Porter told CNN. "If we did a lynch mob media against innocent people as we did with lacrosse, there would be some lacrosse players in jail right now."
CNN interviewer Anderson Cooper also asked Porter about Moore's views on homosexuality.
"Does judge Moore still believe that homosexual conduct should be illegal and homosexuality is still the same thing as bestiality?" cooper asked.
"I can't answer that question," Porter responded, before adding, "I believe that he believes the Bible and what the Bible has to say."
The interview was broadcast six days ahead of the Dec. 12 special election, which pits Moore against Democratic candidate Doug Jones.