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By endorsing Moore, Trump sunk the US presidency to unplumbed depths

George F. Will on

WASHINGTON -- The first time ended badly, so when, 156 years later, Alabamians were incited to again try secession, this time from the national consensus that America is a pretty nice place, they said: No. No, that is, to rubbish like this:

Interviewer: "[Ronald Reagan] said that Russia was the focus of evil in the modern world."

Roy Moore: "You could say that very well about America, couldn't you?"

Interviewer: "You think?"

Moore: "Well, we promote a lot of bad things, you know."

Interviewer: "Like?"

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Moore: "Same-sex marriage."

Interviewer: "That's the very argument that Vladimir Putin makes."

Moore: "Well, then, maybe Putin is right, maybe he's more akin to me than I know."

In April, Alabama's Republican governor, Robert Bentley, resigned one step ahead of impeachment proceedings arising from his consensual affair with an adult woman. Eight months later, Alabamians spurned presidential pleas that they send to the U.S Senate a man credibly accused of child molestation. But the dispiriting truth is this: Behavior that reportedly got Moore banned from the Gadsden, Alabama, mall was, for most Alabama Republicans, not a sufficient reason to deny him a desk in the U.S Capitol.

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