The candidate had had it!
His opponent had committed the unpardonable sin: insulting the man's wife.
The presidential election of 2016 has sunk to lows not seen since the election of 1828, when Andrew Jackson's wife Rachel was subject to repeated attacks on her character.
It wasn't the first time, unfortunately, that Rachel had been attacked. She and Andrew were married--so they claimed--in 1791, after they received word of Rachel's divorce from her previous husband. However, records show that Rachel's first husband didn't even file for divorce until 1792, and the divorce was granted in 1793 on grounds of her desertion. Rachel's side of the story was that he'd kicked her out of the house, and she never realized that her divorce hadn't been legally granted until 1794.
To make their union legal, Rachel and Andrew married or remarried in 1794. Over the course of their relationship, Andrew came to Rachel's defense many times--including fighting a duel in 1806, where Andrew's opponent wounded him before Andrew shot and killed him.
When Jackson ran for president against John Quincy Adams in 1828, Adams' campaign asked the question: "Ought a convicted adulteress and her paramour husband to be placed in the highest offices of this free and Christian land?"
Apparently, the voters thought so, because they elected Andrew Jackson to the presidency.
Rachel did not live to occupy the White House. She died of a heart attack before the inauguration. Andrew always maintained that Rachel died of a broken heart.
This past week, Donald Trump took yet another handful of mud and slung it onto the character of Heidi Cruz, Ted Cruz' wife. Trump tweeted a less-than-flattering picture of Heidi next to a more-than-flattering picture of his own wife, threatening to "spill the beans" on Heidi.
Cruz fired back with the order to "leave Heidi the hell alone".
Not to be outdone, the National Enquirer then published a report accusing Cruz of sexual dalliances with no fewer than five--count 'em, five--women. At last report, Cruz has flatly denied it, and there's some question as to whether or not Donald Trump planted that story. The publisher of the Enquirer is a friend of Trump's.
Apparently, as far as running for President is concerned, the more things change, the more things stay the same.
Someone needs to distribute soap, shampoo, and towels to every American so they can wash the mud that's been slung so far in this election.
And then every American over the age of one needs to be issued a Hazmat outfit, because it's going to get worse before it gets better.
Just my .04, adjusted for inflation.