Clinton understands and has internalized the norms of constitutional governance. Like most presidential candidates, she understands the different branches of government and the limits placed on each branch and why. She has experience in government, and her service won kudos from her political opponents for the seriousness and care in which she went about her roles as senator and secretary of state. I disagree with a lot of her policy views. I’m confident that she would want to do a lot of things as president that I think are wrong. But from the evidence I can see, she works within the American constitutional tradition.
By contrast, Donald Trump is far outside that tradition. He is thrilled by the kind of authoritarian government that the Colonists fought a revolution to end. His world is a world of conspiracy theories, not reason and evidence. It is a world of putting your opponent in a jail cell after the election, not peaceful transitions of power. It is a world of mob violence, not law. It is a world of crushing political dissent, not limited government. It is a world of vindictive revenge, not focus on the public interest.
In short, Trump is the anti-constitutionalist candidate.
Not too much I can add to that, other than to sincerely urge any readers who are considering casting their ballot for Trump in order to “send a message” to consider long and hard what they are doing. A Trump victory will send a message, for sure — a good shot upside the head of Republicans and Democrats alike, and the whole political establishment — and it may be one you think needs sending. Fine. But after the pleasure of having delivered the message wears off, we will all be saddled — indeed, the world will be saddled — for many years with a chief executive who is, by any and every criterion of judgment — personal integrity, temperament and understanding of the world — unfit to lead this country.