Line crossed (again.)

By Andrew J. Pridgen

If there’s one joke we’ve all (yes, everyone) had enough of, it’s the GOP nominee.

He is not a presidential candidate as much as he is a merkin-on-the-head-wearing suicide bomb vest sent here from the future to destroy the reputations of anyone who’s ever drained their trust funds and only has very clear late-stage symptoms of syphilis to show for it.

Those symptoms are, in case you’re not next to the googles, according to the Mayo Clinic: Personality changes, apathy, poor judgement. About 10% to 20% of people with neurosyphilis general paresis experience psychotic symptoms that include hallucinations and paranoia. Some people display what we think of as the classic symptoms of grandiose delusions. People who think they were kings, presidents and prime ministers.

Yep, forget plain old narcissism, that man is infected with the king of all STDs (the one that actually took down a king.)

Here are a few of Trump’s latest bits that show his brand of humor is not only getting less funny by day — but more dangerous to boot:

March 28: re: All the times he has degraded, objectified and belittled women: “Well, number one, I’m no different than anybody else, and people joke, and I joke,” Trump said. “And I never knew I was going to be running for office. And you joke, and you kid and say things, but you’re not a politician so you never think anybody cares.”

July 28: After his comments calling on Russia to find Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails — essentially treasonously inviting an enemy to hack the state — he vomited, “I was joking” like any three-year-old who just dumped an entire gallon of milk on the floor would as an explanation for it.

August 5: After ejecting crying baby from a rally: “This was a beautiful baby and a beautiful mother. And the baby was crying and I jokingly said, ‘You know what, that’s OK, let the baby cry, we love babies.’” BUT, soon after telling the mother that she and the baby could stay, Trump came up with this zinger: “Actually, I was only kidding, you can get the baby out of here.

August 9: Tuesday, Trump “joked” about getting rabid gun-toters to do his bidding and apparently shoot rival candidate Hillary Clinton: “By the way, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks. Although, the Second Amendment people maybe there is. I don’t know.”

Since then, the internet has exploded into a shit storm of #whatthefuckadelia …and for good reason.

Some places, whether your body is being taken over by bacteria Treponema pallidum, are places no public figure should go — even in private. There are some things you just don’t say much less think, regardless of who you are, how batshit you can be or whether you have a platform to do so.

Dan Rather, who has been spending retirement hanging with Hasselhoff on AXS TV, actually brought his old-school chops last seen reporting from the front lines of the Soviet war in Afghanistan Tuesday in the wake of the latest “joke.”

Here is what Rather threw down:

“No trying-to-be objective and fair journalist, no citizen who cares about the country and its future can ignore what Donald Trump said today. When he suggested that “The Second Amendment People” can stop Hillary Clinton he crossed a line with dangerous potential. By any objective analysis, this is a new low and unprecedented in the history of American presidential politics. This is no longer about policy, civility, decency or even temperament. This is a direct threat of violence against a political rival. It is not just against the norms of American politics, it raises a serious question of whether it is against the law. If any other citizen had said this about a Presidential candidate, would the Secret Service be investigating?

“Candidate Trump will undoubtedly issue an explanation; some of his surrogates are already engaged in trying to gloss it over, but once the words are out there they cannot be taken back. That is what inciting violence means.”

As for the Trump camp’s official explanation for why the bully lit the school on fire: “It’s called the power of unification — 2nd Amendment people have amazing spirit and are tremendously unified, which gives them great political power. And this year, they will be voting in record numbers, and it won’t be for Hillary Clinton, it will be for Donald Trump.” — Jason Miller, Senior Communications Advisor and don’t hold it against him when this gig disappears from his LinkedIn in November.

At present, the GOP has a candidate that is explicitly, no-holds-barred calling for violent action against another candidate. If the party that Trump hijacked does not take immediate action to remove him as their nominee, it is a threat to the sovereignty and safety of the republic.

And that’s no joke.

Andrew J. Pridgen is the author of “Burgundy Upholstery Sky,” which has zero mentions of syphilis.

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