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DEPLORABLE: ‘very bad in a way that causes shock, fear, or disgust.’

After reading the Merriam-Webster definition of the word ‘deplorable,’ I am beginning to think Hillary Clinton was being much too kind in a recent speech she made using the word. There is no question that the presidential campaign has touched a nerve with many American citizens. But the level of hate, dishonesty and manipulation used by Trump and his campaign in order to win the White House goes beyond being simply ‘deplorable.’

Anyone who says they don’t believe that Trump’s campaign was built upon a foundation of hate and racism is either lying, kidding themselves, or much worse. I hardly think it necessary to recap all the proof of this, as Trump has done an excellent job documenting this strategy in print and video. As a matter of fact, his campaign was launched with the idea that President Obama was not born in the United States and it wasn’t until today, in fact, that he was forced by his campaign staff to admit that Barack Obama was actually born in the United States.

Every issue Trump has emphasized while building an audience of supporters has been designed to stoke fear and racism, from building a wall to keep immigrants out, to calling the president a foreigner, to refusing to denounce the KKK. And that’s just a partial list.

So, it is now time for those supporting Trump–and this includes anyone in Congress or with political power–to decide, are you are as deplorable as Donald Trump himself?