Opinion writer

Donald Trump holds a campaign rally on Monday in Green Bay, Wis. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Gentle reader, it has been a while since I’ve posted about the presidential campaign. One reason is the new podcast “Cape UP.” You have no idea how much time it takes to bring you 25 minutes of aural goodness. But the other reason is this presidential election. What Donald Trump has done to the process of electing the leader of the free world is so dispiriting that I have been hit with an epic case of writer’s block.

How many times can I write that the Republican presidential nominee has sunk to a new low? Not only do the new lows come in a torrent, but they are always lower. Always debasing who we are, no matter how you define “we.”

[The closing argument against Donald Trump]

We as women, as Trump uses women’s looks, weight or demeanor to degrade and demean those who challenge him, whether she is a debate moderator, a former beauty queen or a candidate for president.

We as men, as he tries to pass off his base sexual-assault banter as acceptable “locker room talk.”

We as Americans, as he undermines the basis of our democracy by claiming that a “rigged election” will keep him from the White House and threatening to  jail his Democratic rival.

[Michael Steele: The GOP needed Trump’s nomination]

We as a global leader, as he calls on Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s email account, questions U.S. treaty commitments to our allies and elevates the leadership of Russian President Vladimir Putin over President Obama. We as immigrants. We as the disabled. We as anything that does not meet Trump’s limited and twisted definition of strength, beauty, humanity.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump believes there's a global conspiracy to stop him from becoming president – but it's not the first time he's pushed unfounded theories. (Peter Stevenson/The Washington Post)

I hope Stuart Rothenberg is correct. That “the trajectory of the 2016 presidential race … will result in a Hillary Clinton victory.” I’m not just rooting for this because Clinton is the best person for the job. I’m rooting for her victory because it can happen only if the American people reject the siren call of the most racist, misogynistic, xenophobic and un-American-like presidential campaign in recent history.

Trump is not who we are.

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