Despite my better judgment, I've been reading your posts on Facebook. I've been reading articles, I've been reading my text messages. I've been asking people how they are doing and listening to the answer. And what I'm hearing is so much fear. Are you afraid of what is going to happen in the next four years? Are you afraid of what is happening today? And tomorrow? Yeah, me too. I hear/read a lot of responses that say "we're with you" and "we'll stand together" but have you heard this response yet?
"He's not even president yet. You don't know what he's going to do. Give him a chance."
Oh you have? And did you want to scream: THAT IS EXACTLY THE PROBLEM!! I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT HE IS GOING TO DO!!! Because I did. That's just what I wanted to say. I don't like uncertainty. I don't like surprises. I like to know what's coming down the pike. And right now, I don't have any idea what's coming.
In the last two days, those of you disappointed with this election have taken to the streets, chanting "Not My President." There are stories - so many stories - of hate crimes, littering our media. And Trump has declared he's putting climate change deniers at the head of the EPA and the Secretary of the Interior. We don't know what he's going to do, that's true, but I have yet to hear any encouraging words from him. And I've been listening.
I've been struggling with my own feelings that we have to come together to protect our rights and the rights of the people we care about. But here's the thing: I think that protests and demonstrations are sometimes like throwing fireballs at a dragon you know will not die for four years, no matter how many fucking fireballs you throw at him. And all you're going to do by throwing fireballs is to piss him off.
So since our country seems to want to dismantle the government's status quo, maybe we should try a different approach to President-Elect Trump. Let's humanize ourselves to him. The complaints, the fears, the anger that I see from the Hillary-supporters who truly, legitimately, feel that their lives and safety are at risk as a result of this election need to start telling those stories in public. We need to start telling these stories to our future president. When he sits down to make policies to cut entitlement, destroy the affordable healthcare act, when he elects climate-deniers to his cabinet, and when he tries to roll back Roe vs. Wade and eliminate same-sex marriage (not that he can, necessarily, but he might try) we need him to associate tens of thousands of individual stories, with each decision. We need him to feel the full weight of the lives that he will impact with every cut he makes, with ever person he appoints. We need him to feel the fear, the uncertainty, and the loss that the American people are feeling.
We also, so desperately, need him to call off his dogs. We need him to send a clear and consistent message that hate crimes are not acceptable and absolutely will not be tolerated by the President of the United States of America. We need him to make a commitment to reuniting the country that his campaign platform sought to divide. He won the presidency by turning us against each other, and it's time to come together.
I write this to those who say Trump is not their president, but it applies just as much to anyone who voted for him. Many of you voted for him because you feel that your struggles, your heartaches, your fears, were not being heard by our government. But I ask you this: when was the last time you put pen to paper to tell your story?
So tonight, write a letter. Write a letter to President-Elect Donald Trump and tell him your story. Tell him nicely what your experience has been since Tuesday -- how has his election changed your life? Have you been the victim of a hate crime? Has it ruined your marriage? Isolated you from your family? Did you quit your job because of it? (I'm not making any of these up for the sake of drama - I've heard people say all of them in earnest. They are things that have happened, to real people). And after he becomes president, what are your fears? What does gay marriage mean to you? Where would you be without Obamacare? Did you have a late-term abortion to save your life? Let the tears, and the words, flow.
Write a letter every day if you have to. Remind him that we are the people who his every decision as President of the United States will effect. He was not elected to serve his voters, he was elected to serve all Americans. If he is capable of true compassion, and I hope to god he is, then I truly believe this is the best way to get through to him.
Here's the address:
C/O The Trump Organization,
725 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10022