This is a campaign rally. This is where candidates typically tout their accomplishments and stir up enthusiasm and take a few jabs at their opponents.
But this campaign is different. This election is different. This is about our shared vision for a better America, but it’s also about a person who is unfit to be a school board member, much less the president of the United States.
Donald J. Trump is notoriously well known for how thin his skin is. Marco Rubio made fun of Mr. Trump’s small hands and wondered what else that might say about him. At the next primary debate, in front of a national audience, Trump defended and touted the size of his genitals.
So during our debate, I wanted to see how he would react when faced with how “deplorable” he is. I shared the story of how Alicia Machado, a 19 year-old who was crowned Miss Universe, was humiliated by him. Trump called her “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping” and made her work out in front of a wall of media cameras. I wanted to let America know how he sees and treats women.
The next day he called into a Fox News show and defended what he said about Alicia and insisted that she deserved it. When Trump is called sexist and demeaning he defends being sexist and demeaning.
This is where it gets scary.
We have noted many times how horrifying it would be to have Donald Trump one order away from using this country’s nuclear arsenal. But let’s imagine a more likely scenario. World leaders are watching this election very closely. They know how easily it is to get an impulsive, emotional reaction from him. So they might insult him and try to intimidate him. What would Trump do then? Would he send in an aircraft carrier to show how big a man he is? Will he send ground troops?
How many of you here today serve in the armed forces? How many of you have sons or daughters, sisters or brothers, friends and loved ones serving our country? How many of you trust your lives or those of your loved ones to the whim of a madman? A man who can’t tolerate the slightest criticism? A schoolyard bully who would use your children to settle slights to his petulant ego.
This is why November 8 is the most important election in modern history.