Dear Donald Trump
You won the election. As much as I would have loved to say the words, Madam President, it was not in the cards, at least not for this election.
We have to talk.
But before I get into the things that I disagree with you about, I need to thank you for some things:
- Supporting Israel. Israel is one of our greatest allies and the only true democracy in the Middle East.
- Not repealing the gay marriage act. It is the most important civil rights legislation of this generation.
- For keeping the parts of Obamacare that work. While I can certainly attest that Obamacare has its problems, when it works, it works.
Now I need to get to the reason for this online conversation.
- Steve Bannon. This man is dangerous and scary and represents what we need to fix in this country.
- Mike Pence. His extreme discriminatory law against the LGBTQ community and the scary and antiquated anti-abortion law have honestly sent shivers down my spine. As much as I disliked George Bush Jr when he was in the White House, I don’t recall that he went as far as Mr. Pence did.
- The Hamilton incident last week. It was not a personal attack on your potential policies or your Vice President, it was simply a group of citizens speaking their mind.
- Your twitter rants. Being Presidential means having a thick skin and not attacking everyone who disagrees with you. If every President since George Washington responded with the same fervor to every citizen who publicly disagreed with them, they would have barely lasted a day, much less 4 or 8 years as President.
- Your anti abortion stance. Frankly, sir, it is quite scary. You have a wife, daughters and granddaughters. While they are lucky to have the financial support should any potential future pregnancies turn for the worst, there are millions of American women do not have that financial backing. Defunding Planned Parenthood would be disastrous for these women, who use Planned Parenthood for more than abortion.
- Your attacks on the press. Freedom of Press is one of the cornerstones of our country and our democracy. We have the right to use the press to openly disagree with our leaders.
- Your anti-immigration policy. Unless you are Native American, you are an immigrant. Someone in your family at some point in history made the decision to leave the land of their birth and take their chances in America. America is made of immigrants. Your statements, frankly scared many people, myself included.
That sir, is the end of this online conversation. You will be President, I wish you luck.