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This will be one of the most hated posts I’ve every written, and this time the hatred is going to come from the right instead of the left. With Roy Moore thinking about running for Senate again in Alabama, many Republicans are telling him not to. Even the President is speaking out.
…If Alabama does not elect a Republican to the Senate in 2020, many of the incredible gains that we have made during my Presidency may be lost, including our Pro-Life victories. Roy Moore cannot win, and the consequences will be devastating….Judges and Supreme Court Justices!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2019
I believe it’s a huge mistake to try to prevent him from running, and that perspective has nothing to do with the fact that I supported him in both his primaries and the general election in 2017. The reason I think it’s a mistake to oppose him is because this is a great opportunity either way for the GOP. If he wins the nomination, then it’s an opportunity to fight the battle all over again about whether or not he should be believed in denying the ancient claims by his accusers. If he loses the nomination, it’s a signal to the nation that even in Alabama, the GOP is able and willing to police their own.
The only negative, which the President and others fear, is that he could get the nomination and lose again in the general election. I’d be willing to take that risk. I believe the shock of the allegations, perfectly timed by the Washington Post to have enough time to harm him without giving him enough time to clear his name, will not have the same effect this time. In fact, he could announce his run as a result of an intensive investigation in which he can now demonstrate beyond a reasonable doubt that the accusations are false. That’s a hypothetical scenario, of course, but one can only hope.
Either way, the President should not be weighing in publicly on the issue. It doesn’t behoove him to air this particular concern on social media for two reasons. First, it won’t help him with Independents who believe Moore did what he’s accused of doing because his argument against Moore running is retention of GOP power, not moral or ethical questions about Moore’s past. Second, if Moore comes out and demonstrates his innocence, it will make the President look premature in passing judgment. It’s a lose-lose for the President.
I may be in the minority in my belief that Roy Moore didn’t do what he’s accused of doing, but after two years I’m confident he wouldn’t be running if he couldn’t clear his name. Therefore, he should run.
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