I am appalled and horrified that our President-elect is Donald Trump. How could so many of my fellow community members bring themselves to vote for him? Did you have to hold your nose? Did you think that as long as he was against abortion, it was okay for him to call women pigs? Did you think as long as he promised to bring jobs back, it was okay for him to allow support from the KKK? Did you think that Christian fundamentalism is OK, as long as he protects us from terrorism and Muslim fundamentalism? That it was okay for him to grab women’s genitals without their consent? That it was okay for him to incite violence at his rallies, blatantly lie over and over, and mock anyone who disagreed?
Look at what we have already — the appointment of a climate denier, an adviser in the White House with ties to white nationalism, billionaire cronies, and Republicans scurrying to kowtow.
The most dangerous thing that Donald Trump has said was during a debate when he used the classic excuse of every bully. As he insinuated that he has not paid any taxes for years, he insinuated we were too stupid to stop him. Well, Mr. Trump, we hear you loud and clear. If you can’t control your own behavior, we are not too stupid to learn how to do it for you. I have no intention of “healing divides” with someone undeserving of respect. All of the talk about “get over it” or “stop whining” is just a way to belittle the beliefs many of us hold and to encourage us to shut up. I personally am everything many of you fear — a liberal progressive, socialist, atheist, for abortion and birth control rights, an environmentalist, a pacifist for gun control, for liberty and for justice for all. Don’t forget that there are more of us than there are of you. We are the “popular vote” and we are rolling up our sleeves and getting to work.
M. Jennifer Allen
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