Will Trump Leave an Insult Unsaid? Voters are Afraid He Will

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Betrayal looming?

LOMAIN, Ohio—The concern among voters here in this heartland city is whether Republican nominee Donald Trump will leave an insult to his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton unsaid or otherwise fail to say something that disparages the country or its institutions or further debases American democracy more than he already has.

“We know he has it in him to disparage everything our country has spent more than 200 years building,” says Barbara Hastings, 68, a retired teacher here. “But will he find it within himself to do that? Or will he just lose heart at the critical moment and allow some piece of our democracy to escape unscathed?”

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Not come through?

Alfred Johnson, 73, a former banker in this town of about 68,000 people, credits Trump with coming closer than any other candidate in sewing hatred and pitting neighbor against neighbor, but with six weeks still to go before the election, there’s still time for him to pull back and say something decent. “You’re fighting with yourself, because you want to hope he’ll smear everything and anything, but in the back of your mind you know he could falter and say the election won’t be rigged or Hillary Clinton isn’t a criminal who should be put in prison and shot,” he says.

And there might already be signs that he’s going soft, says Lenny Morrison, 59, an unemployed mechanic. “He hasn’t insulted France yet. I don’t think he’s said anything bad about Germany. And he’s had very little negative to say about Crooked Hillary’s running mate, Tim Kaine. If this was April, I wouldn’t be worried. But we’re already in mid-September and there are so many things he hasn’t put under the heel of his shoe and ground into the pavement yet. It’s getting late.”

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Let down?

“Politicians make promises and then they break them,” says Nancy Carter, 71. “I liked Trump because he wasn’t a politician. He had the guts to say a man who spent five years as a prisoner of war and endured repeated torture wasn’t a war hero. He was morally degenerate enough to mock a disabled reporter. But you know he’s going to lose his spine like all the others and stop calling women pigs, Mexicans rapists, and journalists hacks. He’s already had an about-face and said Obama was born in the United States! Thank god he at least blamed it on Hillary. But is that enough?”

John Nelson, a one-time mayor of the town, is preparing to be disappointed. “What we’re going to see is that Trump, at some level, has some moral decency,” he says. “He’s trying to give every indication that he doesn’t. But you know something will happen and there will be this little flicker of integrity, this little testament to a soul, and then you’ll just throw up you hands and say, ‘Sh*t! He’s not going to sink to the lowest depths of hell after all! There is something he cares about more than his own vanity! Yet again we’ve been lied to!'”

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