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Reprinted from Robert Reich Blog

The Republican Party still has time to change its mind. Right now it's supporting for President of the United States a man...

1. who divides us by race and ethnicity and religion.

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He says undocumented Americans "bring drugs, crime, they're rapists." That the Mexican government "sends bad ones over because they don't want to pay for them." And who says he'll round up and deport all 11 million undocumented workers in the United States.

This is a man who equivocated on repudiating an endorsement from David Duke, former head of the Ku Klux Klan. And when asked to repudiate the vicious anti-semitism of some of his followers said "I don't have a message to the fans."

A man who claimed "thousands and thousands" of Muslims in New Jersey celebrated the Twin Towers collapsing, when there's no evidence at all to support that statement. And whose response to terrorism is to prevent all Muslims from coming into the United States.

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A man who says black criminals are responsible for 81 percent of homicides against whites, which turns out to be a racist myth.

2. whose incendiary lies are inciting violence across this land, but he excuses them.

When he learned that some of his supporters punched, kicked and spit on protesters of color at his rallies, he said "people who are following me are very passionate."

When a handful of white supporters punched and attempted to choke a Black Lives Matter protester at another of his rallies, he said "maybe he should have been roughed up."

3. who bullies, humiliates, and threatens those who dare cross him.

He mocks their physical characteristics, makes up lies about them, degrades them, tries to intimidate them by unleashing hostile attacks on the Internet -- announcing, for example, that a family who donated money to a political opponent "better be careful, they have a lot to hide."

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He calls a federal judge who's considering a case against Trump University a "total disgrace" and a "hater," and alleging he's Mexican although he was born in the United States.

4. who spreads baseless conspiracy theories.

He conjectured that President Obama was not born in the United States, and that the government hid information about the Ebola virus and a plague would start in America if flights from Ebola infected countries weren't cancelled. He opined that Ted Cruz's father was with Lee Harvey Oswald during the Kennedy assasination in Dallas, and that child health vaccinations cause autism.

And he suggested that the death of Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia might have been a part of a plot.

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Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor and Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, has a new film, "Inequality for All," to be released September 27. He blogs at www.robertreich.org.

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