U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders said in Madison today the most important reason to vote for Hillary Clinton is that her opponent "has made bigotry the cornerstone of his campaign."
"Donald Trump wants to take us back," the Vermont Dem said. "We will not allow bigotry to resurface in the United States of America. We have struggled too hard. Too many people have died in these struggles."
Meanwhile, Donald Trump Jr. made a pitch in Brookfield and Wausau today for his father, warning of the consequences for the U.S. Supreme Court if Clinton wins.
During his rally in Madison, Sanders told those still not convinced on backing Clinton to look at Trump's comments that "climate change is a hoax created by the Chinese."
"Why the Chinese? I'm not sure. I would've thought the Mexicans or Muslims," Sanders quipped.
Sanders, who beat Clinton decisively in Wisconsin's April primary, spoke at Madison's Monona Terrace and also is scheduled to appear today in Green Bay.
He said Clinton is "overwhelmingly" the best candidate for the middle class and tied himself to Clinton and Russ Feingold, who's running to re-take his U.S. Senate seat. All three of them, he said, believe in Dem priorities like raising the minimum wage, fixing the wage gap for women and reforming criminal justice.
And they want to make sure the tax code no longer helps billionaires ensure they "don't pay a nickel" in federal income taxes. Sanders pointed to comments from Trump surrogates that he's a "genius" for taking advantage of the tax code after a New York Times report suggested Trump could've avoided paying income taxes for 18 years.
"We do not think that that is an act of genius," Sanders said. "We think that that is a disgrace, and we're gonna change that."
Trump Jr., meanwhile, implored fence-sitters today to vote for his father because the outcome of the election will have long-lasting impact.
"Imagine losing the Supreme Court," Trump said in Brookfield at a stop hosted by Wisconsin Women for Trump. "That's not a four- or eight-year problem. That's a 30- or 40-year problem where you're going to have liberal justices pushing their will, disregarding the Constitution and doing that from the Supreme Court.
"That will change the course of this country for generations, if it ever recovers."
Trump also compared his father's run to Reagan's, saying Reagan was "demonized," "vilified," and cast as unqualified, yet ended up as "one of our great presidents." He said Reagan attracted votes from those outside the conservative mainstream, such as so-called Reagan Democrats, and said his father is doing the same by gaining support from those such as union workers.
"Rather than coming up for an excuse to why we should push them away and ostracize them, why not welcome them?" he said to applause. "These are people that share our values, they share our work ethic. They want the same thing we want. We're Americans."