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Vote, Vote, Vote!

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Allow me to make a few requests of you in advance of Tuesday’s elections.

First, dispense with all of the distractions and the deceit.

Donald Trump is openly trying to weaponize racism, to inflame passions and stoke fear. He wants America to focus on a caravan of refugees almost 700 miles away rather than to see clearly the corruption and cravenness right in front of our faces.

Tune out, for the moment, the torrent of lies coming from Trump.

Instead, focus on your principles.

Focus on the numbness you felt on Election Day 2016, the feeling of horror and disbelief that Trump would actually assume the presidency, the way you stumbled though the days that followed, a pained, hollowed-out shell of yourself.

Remember the reason that you showed up, pussy hat-adorned, for the Women’s March, or the March for Our Lives following the horrific high school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

Remember that feeling of honor and solidarity you felt when you saw those who took a knee on a football field or stood up at Standing Rock.

Remember Trump’s pathetically insufficient response to the suffering of brown American citizens in Puerto Rico and his outrageously hyperbolic response to suffering brown Central American refugees still in Mexico.

Remember that Nazis, white supremacists, white nationalists and all manner of racists........

© The New York Times