Berry Craig: If Donald Trump doesn’t pass out, soil himself, throw up, drool or “speaketh in an unknown tongue,” most of the TV talking heads will declare him the winner.
Steve Crandall: Donald Trump clearly fits the roll of the scorpion as he lures his supporters by using fear, hate and lies to propel his message to make “American Great Again”.
Steve Hockstadt: The great majority of Trump supporters who harbor racial prejudices are normal Americans, who have allowed themselves to be misled by the truly deplorable people, those who have been promoting racism in public for years.
Peter Laarman: The candidates hate each other’s guts and make no pretense about it. The partisans of each hate and fear the partisans of the other, likewise at a gut level. There’s never been anything like it.
William J. Astore: If Hillary loses the election in November, it may very well come back to her “grossly generalistic” comments on September 9th, when she anointed herself as the judge of who is redeemable and who isn’t.
Berry Craig: Whatever legitimate economic grievances these folks have is, sadly, secondary to the fear and hatred of ‘the other’ in their hearts. If that were not the case, they would have gotten behind Bernie Sanders instead of Trump.
Charles Hayes: A look at Donald Trump and Sarah Palin offers a clear demonstration of the double standard and implicit gender bias at work in American politics.
Abba Solomon: Bigots are coming out of the woodwork, exposing American Jews to treatment that unprotected minorities have experienced but which Jews have only sporadically been exposed.
Alvaro Huerta: While political foes, pundits, cable news anchors and journalists are bewildered by Trump, I grew up with his type: wannabe tough guy, bully and hustler.
John Peeler: Trump is disliked and distrusted by a solid majority of the electorate. And yet he is within reach of winning this election. Why?
Michael T. Hertz: I’d prefer to vote for Bernie Sanders, but at least if I vote for Stein, my vote will be counted and will have some impact on perceptions of the race. If I vote for Bernie, at best he will be lumped in with “other.”
The Alarmist: The cumulative effect of clicking on the name Trump for over a year has created a body politic with a conditioned response, one that is beginning to register in the polls masquerading as a political opinion.
William J. Astore: What you got was two self-absorbed candidates, one wonkish, the other one clearly a wanker, both of them posing as warriors as long as someone else’s kids are doing the fighting.