■Trump has belittled women for decades. His coarse comments about his opponent in the early primaries, Carly Fiorina, Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly and Heidi Cruz, the wife of his closest opponent for the Republican nomination, were just the latest in a long line of outrageous sexist statements. He has called womenfat pigs, slobs and dogs. He has made rude sexual comments on talk radio shows. In the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, he had an astounding 70% unfavorable rating among women overall, which makes him unelectable in a general election.
■Trump has incited violence at his rallies with heated rhetoric aimed at firing up supporters while portraying himself as a tough guy. From behind a wall of Secret Service protection, Trump has said that in the past protesters “would be carried out on a stretcher” or that he would like to punch them “in the face.” After a white North Carolina man sucker-punched an African-American protester who was being led away, Trump offered to pay the assailant’s legal fees. In Chicago, after protesters infiltrated a Trump rally, the candidate called off the event and fist fights broke out. At a rally in Iowa, he “joked” that he could shoot someone “in the middle of Fifth Avenue” and not lose a single vote.
■Trump has displayed contempt for the press and freedom of speech, calling reporters “the world’s most dishonest people” and pointing them out at rallies. Trump says laws and court decisions protecting our nation’s fundamental trust in free expression should be overturned so he could sue news organizations that dare to criticize him or hold him accountable. Reporters, who are penned in at his rallies, are routinely threatened, often with his encouragement. During a rally in February, Katy Tur of NBC News tweeted: “Trump trashes press. Crowd jeers. Guy by press ‘pen’ looks at us & screams ‘you’re a bitch!’ Other gentleman gives cameras the double bird.”