Trump Has Dragged Us Into the Gutter

The targets of the president’s rhetoric are experiencing a nightmare like no other in this country.

It is in times like this that we are able to measure just how low Donald Trump has dragged this country.

On Wednesday, Trump traveled to Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Tex., the sites of massacres that played out over the weekend. But he went over the objections of many locals, including elected officials, who didn’t think a visit prudent, largely because of Trump’s own words and actions.

In the El Paso case, the shooting suspect used a framing and language of immigration and Hispanics that seemed to mirror Trump’s own.

But pause to consider the absolutely extraordinary nature of these events: As the nation mourns, some blame Trump for causing it, and believe his presence will compound the pain.

This is what Trump has done.

Trump has dragged this country into the gutter, and his targets have no choice but to get in the gutter with him and slug it out.

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