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Ambling out the door, crossing the lawn to the waiting helicopter, the President stopped as the reporters shouted questions: Did he support Roy Moore? Did he believe Roy Moore’s accusers? Is an accused child molester better than a Democrat?

In a Trumpian flurry he answered, Well, he denies it. Look, he denies it…He totally denies it. He says it didn’t happen and, you know, you have to listen to him also…and I have to say 40 years is a long time. He’s run eight times and this has never come up so 40 years is a long time…I can tell you one thing for sure: We don’t need a liberal person, a Democrat, Jones…

What would you do if you were an Undecided voter in Alabama? You’ve heard the women and you’ve heard Roy Moore. The women seem sincere but you don’t know for a fact Roy Moore is guilty. You can’t be certain. You have doubt. So would you vote for a man you think may have molested young women – or would you decide, I’m not sure if he’s is guilty. But that’s a risk I can’t take. I’m not voting for him.

The next day in Raleigh, after ordering lunch, Sean, who I’ve known for thirty years, said, Did you see Trump? – then talked for twenty minutes straight arguing Trump had proven Roy Moore is innocent. When he paused I asked, What if you knew Roy Moore was guilty – would you still vote for him?

In a minute. To Make America Great Again, Sean shot back.

Isn’t that a sign? I asked.

Of what?

I laid a penny on the table, pointed to the four words circling Lincoln’s head. A sign that you need a little more faith?

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