Donald Trump’s campaign is in a free-fall. As his campaign lurches from one crisis to the next, America is watching a candidate who has the unique ability to not only step on his own message, but to attract controversy on any given day and on any particular topic.
What America was attracted to earlier this year — the boldness, the directness and the fearless — has now turned into ignorance and intolerance. Democrats have always looked at the Trump candidacy with dismay and outright disbelief and now Republicans — both moderate and conservatives view their presidential hopeful with shock and awe.
Shock that a candidate that looked so good on paper — brash, self-made and successful — could be so narcissistic, undisciplined and offensive. The awe part comes in, that they cannot believe that this man rose to be their nominee.
Does she have a point?
Well, to be fair, that is a bit dramatic, as I do not think we’re standing at the end of the civilized world, but Clinton does have a point. We are on the cusp of either electing someone who had the unique ability to make everything and everyone about him or someone who, despite her obvious flaws is the most qualified person to become president in our lifetime.
It is true that we have a choice and it’s also true that this is the most important election in our lifetime.
We have a choice to either elect a person with no political or policy experience, who has long history of controversy or someone who has a deep set of policy experience and who has a long history of controversy. We also should be reminded that because the stakes are so high — and the consequences are so great — that temperament matters, policy matters and, yes, even character matters.
But in the court of public opinion what he said over the past six months about Mexican Americans, people of different faiths, in particular Muslims, persons with a disability and about women needs no trial or jury. It also needs no context. All of the comments are plain wrong and have no place for anyone, let alone running for office.
This election is real because it’s not about being a conservative or Democrat, liberal or Republican. It’s about right and wrong and for generations, this is who we have been as Americans. We’ve always stood up to naked aggression and pessimism, and we’ve always risen to the challenge when our very principles and character have been questioned.
This election has questioned our principles and our character — and in watching some of the Trump rallies over the past year, it has stoked many of our worst attributes. As Americans we always have, and I suspect come Election Day, we will continue to vote our conscious over party, our common sense over loyalty.
For as Michelle Obama says, “When they go low, we go high.” This Election Day, I suspect Americans of all stripes will choose to go high.
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