Hillary Clinton spoke the truth Friday night when she named the behavior of some Donald Trump supporters as "deplorable." In remarks to supporters, she called out the truth that there are among us the "racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic -- you name it. Unfortunately there are people like that. And [Trump] has lifted them up."
It was a John 8:32 moment: "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
If there is anyone left during this longest election cycle in the history of voting who has any doubt about the truth of that statement, then I commend to you this video entitled "Unfiltered Voices From Donald Trump's Crowds" - filmed by New York Times reporters over months on the campaign trail.
And if there is anyone who needs a refresher on the definition of "deplorable" it is (according to Merriam Webster):
de·plor·a·ble deserving strong condemnation synonyms: disgraceful, shameful, dishonorable, unworthy, inexcusable
The sad truth is that our nation is inarguably infected with the poisons of racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia and Islamaphobia. And the sadder truth is that those poisons have been fed, watered, fertilized and fostered by the rhetoric of the Trump campaign during this longest election cycle in the history of voting - creating fertile soil for the deplorable behavior in the video above to thrive.
It is long past time to speak the truth that will set us free as Americans - no matter what our party or politics, religion or ideology. And that truth is the one that Hillary Clinton spoke when she named the "basket of deplorables:" Those voices do not speak for us.
The truth is that we are a nation founded on the aspirational value of "liberty and justice for all" - and that there is no asterisk after "all" that reads *unless you are Black, Latino, gay, lesbian, transgender, Syrian, Muslim, a woman or an immigrant.
The truth is we are better than that. And the other truth is if we cannot call out racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic and Islamaphobic behavior as deplorable then the danger is not that our candidate may lose an election.
The danger is that we're going to lose our soul as a nation.