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I am beyond outraged.

The Trump administration has brought us nonstop offensive comments and disgraceful moment after disgraceful moment.

We were offended when Trump kicked off his campaign by declaring Mexicans are “bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”

We were offended when Trump mocked Serge Kovaleski, a reporter with a disability.

We were offended when Trump campaigned on a “total and complete shut down of Muslims entering the United States.”

We were offended last year when neo-nazis and the KKK marched in broad daylight in Charlottesville, turned violent, and Trump refused to unequivocally denounce white supremacy.

We were offended when Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio, the Arizona sheriff who was convicted of violating the civil rights of Latinos and immigrants.

We were offended when during a meeting on immigration, Trump called El Salvador, Haiti, and various countries in Africa “shithole countries.”

We were offended at the sight of hundreds of children and families seeking asylum who were torn apart from their families and detained in inhumane and traumatic conditions. Hundreds still remain in unjust custody with many children missing and unaccounted for.

We were offended last year at Trump’s refusal to adequately help the thousands of American Citizens living in Puerto Rico when Hurricane Maria devastated the island. Nearly 3,000 US citizens died and Trump called emergency efforts an “unsung success.”

And now this: at a rally in Mississippi on Tuesday night, Trump mocked Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault. The crowd laughed and cheered him on.

This is beyond unacceptable. This is unconscionable behavior and an insult to survivors everywhere.

Trump has caused tremendous division, harm, and hate in this country.

As Civil Rights Heroine Fannie Lou Hamer once said, “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired!” We need to elect leaders who will stand up to Trump and defend the true values of our country.

Let’s all do our part. Register. Vote. And make sure every voter you know casts their ballot this November.

Thank you for fighting for our democracy.

And thank you for supporting survivors,

Alex Padilla
California Secretary of State