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.
Enrique Buelna: Somewhere in Trump’s mind, he views Latinos as the interlopers, the invaders that got into the party without an invitation.
Irene Monroe: Clinton, a former attorney, knows that many poor people spend countless years in jail for a crime they did not commit because of ineffective counseling and poor legal representation.
Steven Hill: Clinton’s campaign is badly in need of a bold issue that fires the imagination of voters. Otherwise, if Trump stops the bloopers and regains his economic populism, this race could tighten very quickly.
Peter Laarman: Secretary Clinton often sounds moralistic when speaking of the nation’s problems, but she never comes across as a deeply ethical reformer in the mold of Barack Obama, Franklin Roosevelt, or even 1964’s Lyndon Johnson.
Williams J. Astore: As cynical and opportunistic as Trump may be, his message of self-reliance, his blunt talk, his braggadocio, and his calls for action (no matter how stupid) do resonate with working-class voters.