The man behind TV’s “All in the Family” says voters must utterly reject Donald TrumpDonald TrumpFormer defense secretary Esper sues Pentagon in memoir dispute Biden celebrates start of Hanukkah Fauci says lies, threats are 'noise' MORE on Election Day.
“Threatening to jail his political opponent is no joke,” Norman Lear wrote in an op-ed for The Hollywood Reporter Wednesday.
“And potentially inciting post-election violence by insisting he can’t lose unless the election is stolen from his followers, is no joke,” he added of the Republican presidential nominee.
“That is why it’s not enough to think about denying Trump 270 votes in the Electoral College. It is why we need to defeat him, to beat his a—so soundly that his dangerous message is thoroughly discredited and for all time.”
Lear said Trump’s lack of knowledge about the Constitution is disqualifying for a White House hopeful.
“Take his demeaning of immigrants and rank misogyny; the ways his campaign has inflamed religious bigotry, energized white nationalists and promoted violence; his seemingly pathological lying – and what has been bugging me increasingly over the months has been Donald Trump’s ignorance of, if not utter contempt for, the Constitution,” he said.
“Of course, we still have disagreements over the meaning and application of our Constitution, and we sort those out in legislatures, courts and at the ballot box,” added Lear, who backs Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCountering the ongoing Republican delusion Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Poll: Democracy is under attack, and more violence may be the future MORE.
“But being able to engage with each other over our disagreements requires a measure of respect for the other guy and for the document itself. Donald Trump has shown neither.”
Lear admitted earlier this year that Trump resembles one of his most beloved characters from “All in the Family.”
“He is Archie Bunker,” he said on June 3. "I think of Donald Trump as the middle finger of the American right hand."
"I think this is the case of the American people saying, ‘This is the kind of leadership you giving us,’ because they didn’t invent him," Lear added at the Writer's Guild gala.