Dealbreakers

When he made himself the king of the birther movement, demanding that the first black president prove his citizenship, that was not enough.

When he said that John McCain wasn’t a war hero because he likes guys “who weren’t captured,” that was not enough.

When he was frustrated with Megyn Kelly asking debate questions about his misogynistic past and said there was “blood coming out of her wherever,” that was not enough.

When it was widely reported that he approached John Kasich about being his running mate and said Kasich would be entirely in charge of policy because he wanted to keep his focus on “making America great again,” that was not enough.

When he stated that Obama created ISIS and stuck to that story for two days before reversing himself and saying he was being sarcastic, that was not enough.

When he publicly denigrated a gold star family, whose son gave his life for this country, that was not enough.

When he publicly mocked a disabled reporter’s arthrogryposis, that was not enough.

When fifty Republican officials declared in a letter that Donald Trump’s presidency would put the nation’s security at risk, that was not enough.

When he said that “second amendment people can take care of” his opponent, that was not enough.

When he publicly called on Russia to involve itself in the campaign by hacking his opponents’ emails, inviting an unfriendly country to take a power position in an American election, that was not enough.

When he said the Central Park Five were still guilty, even though DNA evidence has proved them innocent and someone else guilty, and it clearly revealed his racially-motivated ideas of justice, that was not enough.

When he said a Latino judge could not be fair in a case involving his university because he has Mexican heritage, that was not enough. When he called Mexicans “rapists,” that wasn’t enough either.

When he, a civilian, said that he knew more about fighting ISIS than the generals, which was obviously untrue, that was not enough.

When he proposed banning all Muslims from immigrating, a statement that stands in direct opposition to the ideas and values upon which the nation was founded, that was not enough.

When he refused to release his taxes, that was not enough. When they were leaked to the New York Times and revealed that he hasn’t paid them for 18 years, no. That was not enough either.

When he publicly stated that he “could shoot somebody and not lose any voters,” that was not enough.

When you heard the Access Hollywood tape, and he said it was “locker room talk,” even though you know locker room talk isn’t men explaining explicitly how they would sexually assault women and how and why they get away with it, that was not enough.

When he said that the election was “rigged,” that he would keep the American people “in suspense” about accepting the results, and that he would only accept the results “if he won,” that was not enough.

When The Atlantic endorsed Hillary Clinton, only their third endorsement ever after Lincoln and LBJ, that was not enough. Neither was Foreign Policy’s first endorsement ever. And even when the Arizona Cardinal, which had never endorsed a Democrat, endorsed Clinton because they felt that Trump was “not qualified” to be in charge and was “dangerous,” that was not enough.

When he said that he “alone” can fix this country, eerily echoing the rhetoric of notorious fascists, from Hitler to Pinochet to Duterte, that was not enough.

Maybe there was no Enough.

Perhaps you avoided these. You made sure you would not hear these stories so that you would never have to second guess yourself.

Perhaps you ignored them. You refused to change the narrative you were crafting in your mind.

Perhaps you forgot them. There were too many of them and your life is so busy and it felt so much easier to just forget.

Maybe that’s what you did.

You did that so could live with yourself

And now you will live with yourself

The rest of us will live with each other

Let us know when you can’t avoid

When you can’t ignore

When you can’t forget

We’ll have you

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