At a Sept. 9 fundraiser, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton uttered a statement that would come to haunt her. It had to do with name-calling.

“We are living in a volatile political environment,” she told her New York audience. “You know, to just be grossly generalistic [sic], you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up. He has given voice to their websites that used to only have 11,000 people — now 11 million. He tweets and re-tweets their offensive hateful mean-spirited rhetoric. Now, some of those folks — they are irredeemable, but thankfully they are not America.”

A few days later, FOX News commentator Neil Cavuto made a salient point regarding the campaign for the White House.

“Character counts,” he said, “not chromosomes.”

More to the point regarding Hillary: If you have to play the race card, or the gender card, or the name-calling card, then you’re focused way too much on the chromosomes.

Likewise, for the voters among us: If you’re an intelligent voter, if you have walked the walk and done your homework, if you have not succumbed to the temptation to talk the talk and to be reeled in by the rhetoric reflected in the 15-second sound bites, if you are focused on the character of the two candidates seeking to be the next POTUS, then Donald J. Trump is the only logical choice.

If you can’t let go of the race card or the gender card to settle on a choice for president, then just stay home come Nov. 8.

And let the intelligent “deplorables” join the other half of Trump’s supporters to pave the way for him to the Oval Office.