At tonight’s debate, the three non-Donald Trump candidates will have the chance to extend and amend their answer in the last debate that they will support him if he is the nominee. Seriously, it is time to give up the canard that party loyalty demands answering the affirmative. There are plenty of reasons — since the last debate — to disavow him:

1. His campaign manager was seen grabbing the arm of Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields, pulling her to the ground. Post reporter Ben Terris witnessed the incident; Fields has the bruises to prove it. Trump flack Hope Hicks insists: “As one of the dozens of individuals present as Mr. Trump exited the press conference I did not witness any encounter. In addition to our staff, which had no knowledge of said situation, not a single camera or reporter of more than 100 in attendance captured the alleged incident.” That’s false. In sum, if Trump tolerates alleged violence directed at a female reporter and lying about the incident, he has no business running for president. (In the real world, an employee who assaulted someone would be fired.)

2. New allegations surface daily of Trump’s abusive labor practices. ABC reported today:

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A Jamaican-born fashion model is taking on Donald Trump, saying the modeling agency owned by the presidential candidate lured her to New York to work at age 17 with the promise of riches and fame and then treated her “like a slave.”
The model, Alexia Palmer, said in a lawsuit against the agency that she received only $3,880 plus cash advances totaling $1,100 over a three year period, even though Trump Model Management filed immigration documents to obtain a special work visa, called an H-1B, for Palmer, certifying she would work “full-time” and earn $75,000 a year.
“That’s what slavery people do,” Palmer told ABC News. “You work and don’t get no money.” The agency took 80 percent of her earnings as expenses and fees but only found her 21 shoots over three years. And under the terms of her visa, she could not work anywhere else if she wanted to stay in the U.S.

If Trump’s company engaged in this conduct — along with bringing in foreign labor rather than hiring Americans at his Florida Mar-a-Lago resort, running up labor fines regarding the import of Polish workers in New York and outsourcing the manufacture of many of his products — he is unworthy of holding office.

3. New witnesses surface each day to tell the full story of the Trump University alleged scam. Trump continues to deny the claims raised by 5,000 former students. Is this the sort of person they support as nominee of the GOP?

4. Violence continues to be a common occurrence at his rallies. Rather than condemning the action, Trump has often made light of it (for example, saying he would like to punch a protester in the face). Really, gentlemen, this is the person you think can be trusted with the powers of the federal government?

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5. He now lets on he has no list of national security advisers, so he won’t be releasing that either. He’s repeatedly claimed to have such a list. How many times should voters brush off misrepresentations?

Collectively this behavior — since the last debate — adds up to a portrait of someone  ethically and temperamentally unfit for the presidency. When one considers that Trump still refuses to release his tax returns, after promising to do so, and still  falsely claims he is ahead of Hillary Clinton in the polls, one cannot help but conclude there is something very, very amiss here.

One test of presidential fitness for his opponents should be the judgment and candor to say he will not gain their support. Let’s see if they clear the bar tonight. Right Turn will be back after the debate with analysis and winners and losers.

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