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This is a politically motivated post. Just sayin’. So if you’re sick of reading stuff, close this screen now.

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But they’re not MY words. This is an article written by Dana Milbank of The Washington Post that was filed today. I’ve been stuck in the middle of this election not warming to either candidate and thinking of voting for a third party candidate. But when someone takes the time to spell out the emotional climate that surrounds the candidates and I read pieces like this, I have to ask myself what our country would be like a year from now if this is how everyone was thinking. And can I afford to throw my vote away like that… I find this article extremely chilling. I wouldn’t want to live in a country where this was the mindset.

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“Donald Trump supporters may be passionate, but they’re a bit irony-challenged.
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In the days since I wrote that Hillary Clinton wasn’t necessarily wrong to say that half of Trump’s supporters are racists and other “deplorables,” the response has been, well, deplorable. A sampling of the thousands of emails and social media replies:
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“Please do not tell me you think we whites are just as violent, nasty, and/or Godless as the other races.”
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“You call it racism, I call it concern that in time ‘foreign’ folks will have the voting power to make the USA another Muslim state.”
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Another writer informed me that “blacks are the most violent population in America,” that “blacks work the least of any race in America” and that “black women have the lowest moral standards of all women in America,” concluding: “The biggest problem for blacks is blacks.”
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Many others suggested I perform an impossible sex act on myself and another sex act on male genitals, called me a “scumbag” and far worse, and suggested I eat feces. Some took the opportunity to inform me that I and my fellow Jews are “the most racist people on the Earth,” that I worship Satan, and that my children and I will be boiled in oil.
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Then this simple note was sent to me: “I hope you outlive your children.”
I reprint this small sample of the nastygrams not to ruin your next meal but because the half of Trump supporters who aren’t motivated by prejudice, and the few voters who remain genuinely undecided, should be aware of the bigotry that Trump has brought into the open — and that those who vote for Trump are condoning…”

(To read complete article see More bigotry from the Trump brigade.)

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Unfortunately I kind of feel like the damage has already been done, that this kind of rhetoric has opened a Pandora’s Box of such self-centered, ill-mannered, exclusionist behavior in this country that it will never be the same. That makes me sick and sad at the same time. Whatever you do on election day, I hope you don’t waste your freedom of speech by not showing up at the polls.

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Picture Credits:
Election 2016 — herviewfromhome.com
Your Voice — abc7news.com

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