When Donald Trump mocked a reporter with a disability last year during one of his speeches, millions of Americans responded with disgust.
"Donald Trump doesn't see me, he doesn't hear me, and he definitely doesn't speak for me," said disability advocate Anastasia Somoza, who has cerebral palsy and spastic quadriplegia, in her speech at the Democratic National Convention.
And, as displayed through the many offhand comments Trump has made this campaign season, the disrespect he has for certain people is often indicative of a greater contempt towards entire demographics. (Don't even get me started on all the times he's violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.)
So, when pondering what to be for Halloween this year, my older brother Brian Heffernan and his good friend Ned Reichenbach, both of whom have Down syndrome, decided to go political. Heffernan, a prolific disability rights speaker and news junkie, dressed up as the Statue of Liberty in reference to a joke Clinton made about the Republican nominee during the Al Smith Dinner last week.
"People look at the Statue of Liberty and they see a proud symbol of our history as a nation of immigrants. A beacon of hope for people around the world," said Clinton. "Donald sees the Statue of Liberty and sees a 4. Maybe a 5 if she loses the torch and tablet and changes her hair."
Heffernan, who has participated in local and federal elections since registering to vote in 2009, likes Clinton because she is "smart, cool, and she cares about people with disabilities."
"The number one thing we have to fear is Trump," Heffernan said in one of his recent presentations at a local college.
Reichenbach, also a disability advocate, opted to dress as the democratic presidential candidate herself, mask and all.
"I was with Obama from the beginning," said Reichenbach when explaining his costume choice. "And now I'm voting for Hillary Clinton."