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Trump endorses Roy Moore
Dan and I have both argued that it's gotten pretty tough to discount all the allegations against Roy Moore. Keep in mind, I'm not talking about criminal charges here, just a gut-check about whether or not I'd give him my vote. Yes, Gloria Allred is a worthless ambulance chaser, but - if you're going to ignore all of the myriad stories - you've either made a strategic decision or you're extending Moore a rather gargantuan benefit of the doubt.
Still, it seems most Alambama Republicans - thanks in part to the media's credibility implosion - have decided to do exactly that.
A new CBS News poll finds 71% of Alabama Republicans say the allegations against Roy Moore are false, and those who believe this also overwhelmingly believe Democrats and the media are behind those allegations. https://t.co/CaYpOk3HqJ pic.twitter.com/HRwnNOUC3j— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 3, 2017
Earlier today, President Trump chimed in on his Twitter feed - where he gave a vocal endorsement to Roy Moore.
Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama. We need his vote on stopping crime, illegal immigration, Border Wall, Military, Pro Life, V.A., Judges 2nd Amendment and more. No to Jones, a Pelosi/Schumer Puppet!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2017
Putting Pelosi/Schumer Liberal Puppet Jones into office in Alabama would hurt our great Republican Agenda of low on taxes, tough on crime, strong on military and borders...& so much more. Look at your 401-k’s since Election. Highest Stock Market EVER! Jobs are roaring back!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2017
This morning, I recieved an email from a colleage asking me what I thought about people supporting the embattled candidate. This was my reply:
"If you honestly don't believe the charges, that's your decision. I get that they're he said/she said. Personally have a hard time discounting all of them, but if you're not buying it, fine. You've made a different call.
However, if deep down you believe they're true and you're supporting Moore anyway? That's a problem. I can't ignore molestation for the sake of political strategy."
...And that's where it has to end up. There's probably no way to prove that Moore did the things he's accused of doing. There's definitely no way to prove that he didn't. So, each voter is going to have to make his own decision based on instinct. Do you believe the guy, or not?
Make the call, cast your ballot, and live with the decision.