The presidential campaign struck a new low this week.
Before it is all over, it will undoubtedly sink even farther until it obliterates any semblance of good taste, responsible campaigning and what passes for ethics in the world of politics.
But for now, the bottom feeders are giving us new reasons to weep for the future of humanity.
First, a Florida doctor named Dareld Morris claimed the persistent urge to vote for Hillary Clinton may be a sign of a troubling lack of testosterone, the steroid hormone that regulates masculine traits, according to a story in the Washington Post.
And the doctor is here to help.
“Most are not aware of the negative effects low T can have on your mental state, for instance your ability to focus and think clearly,” the ad says.
“So as a community service, I have this special offer: For any guys out there that are thinking of voting for Hillary, I want to offer you a free testosterone test. Just come in and register in my office in Fort Myers or online at my online practice and let's see if we can help.”
When his offer attracted nationwide media attention, Morris, a self-described Donald Trump supporter, told South Florida NBC affiliate WBBH that the ad is a joke — and a tongue-in-cheek way to promote his business.
But he also told the station the ad was an “experiment” and that he wanted to see if there is a correlation between health and political views.
It’s doubtful he’ll ever make that connection and it’s uncertain how many men flocked to Morris’s clinic.
But do you want to trust your health to a guy who thinks you’re a wimp because you support the only sane candidate in the race?
Maybe Morris ought to start his “experiment” by looking in the mirror.
Then there was the report that televangelist Pat Robertson urged “Christian husbands of all ages and races across America to stop having sex with their wives for the purpose of demonstrating that they don’t have control over us, and especially so if they’re planning to vote for Hillary Clinton.
“American women need to learn two things: one, that they don’t control us, but that it’s the other way around, and two, that God has made it very clear He wants Donald Trump to be the next President of the United States.”
Robertson has made enough crazy statements over the years to make it entirely believable. And many media sites carried the story.
But it’s not true. It comes from a website called Newslo that publishes fabricated stories and passes them off as satire.
Among its other “scoops”: a story claiming that an Alabama politician proposed saliva-based "hunger tests" for food stamp recipients; Ted Cruz said he'd run as a Democrat if something affected Clinton's candidacy; and Mike Pence opining that if abortion was legal in cases of rape women would try to "get raped" in order to obtain an abortion.
That doesn’t let Robertson off the hook, however. He reportedly said Hillary Clinton is using pneumonia to hide the real reason behind her failing health.
“The fact that Hillary’s health is failing is a sign of the spiritual battle going on inside her,” said Robertson on “The 700 Club.”
“When she collapsed at the 9/11 memorial it was a sign that the demonic spirit was trying to come out of her.”
Robertson then closed his eyes and offered a prayer for the demon to leave Clinton.
Robertson once described feminism as “a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.”
Maybe Dr. Morris can give him an estrogen treatment.
A fervent supporter of Donald Trump, he once told his flock that “God came to me in a dream last night and showed me the future. “He took me to heaven and I saw Donald Trump seated at the right hand of our Lord.”
May God have mercy on us.
Robert Rector is a veteran of 50 years in print journalism. He has worked at the San Francisco Examiner, Los Angeles Herald Examiner, Valley News, Los Angeles Times and Pasadena Star-News. His columns can be found at Robert-Rector@Blogspot.Com.