Last night, the Washington Post released a tape from 2005 in which Donald Trump discussed at length how he pursues–and in some cases, sexually assaults–women.  It was met with resounding denouncements from numerous party leaders, prominent legislators, and former opponents.  It is a shame–and a blessing, I suppose–that this is what it has taken for Republican leaders to finally recognize Donald Trump’s awfulness.

My blog has never been sparing in its critique of Donald Trump.  Since the day he announced his candidacy, I have been amply critical of the floppy-haired mogul.  But to me, the tape released yesterday should signal the tipping point in this election.  The recorded comments are more than appalling; they are disqualifying.

I previously had much sympathy for Trump supporters.  In my mind, they were the “unprotected”: those who have been most susceptible to technological disruption and the dark side of free trade.  I still believe many of these supporters have legitimate grievances, but my sympathy is dissipating.  Considering the tape released yesterday, to support Trump is to voice more than an approval of his policies.  To vote for Trump is to legitimize his bigotry, his intolerance, and his disregard for the dignity and respect that every woman in America deserves.  To vote for him is to tell the rest of the world that this is what America stands for.  Do we want our children to live in a world where the President of the United States has a history of condoning sexual assault?  Do we want our children to know that we voted for a man with no integrity?

In elementary school, I was taught that character is who you are when no one is looking.  Who is Donald Trump when hidden from the public eye?

We learned yesterday that he is a despicable man who thinks women are sexual objects subject to varying degrees of manipulation based on a man’s fame.  But more than that (and often publicly), he is a condescending, pretentious scumbag who mocks the disabilities of reporters that scrutinize him.  He is a fragile wimp who dodges tough questions from female reporters by claiming it’s their “time of the month.”  He is a verifiable racist who collectivizes Mexicans as mostly “rapists” and “criminals.”  He is a vengeful inciter of violence who praises brute strength as a response to dissent.  He is a hypocritical fraud who hasn’t paid taxes for 20 years to the country he allegedly loves.  He is a disgrace to the Republican Party, American politics, and common decency.

Who is Donald Trump when no one is looking?  A pathetic, contemptible, bigoted loser who represents the worst of America.  The truth is Donald Trump is a man who has no character, and America deserves better.

Connor Rothschild

Hi! My name is Connor Rothschild. I’m an 18-year-old currently studying Economics and Social Policy Analysis at Rice University in Houston, Texas. I’m passionate about impacting people through policy change, usually via the human-centered design process. You can catch me drinking 6 cups of coffee in a given day, reading The Economist between those cups, and playing with my dog Lucy.

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Judith · October 9, 2016 at 12:35 am

I have great respect for you, Connor. Thank you for your courage in writing these words.

Kyle Johnson · October 9, 2016 at 1:53 am

I’ve never thought of trump as a “good guy”, and I don’t support him; but Hilary is just as polarizing to many people. The fact that the two most unpopular candidates in US history (rightfully so) are running against each other just goes to show how flawed the two-party system is.

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