A daughter’s heartfelt letter on her Republican dad’s second thoughts about Donald Trump.
“Maybe I’ve been wrong, and maybe what I want isn’t what I want for my daughter.”
A president’s job isn’t just making the tough decisions — the president also has the awesome responsibility of inspiring millions and being a role model to future generations.
Do we want to raise little girls and boys in a world led under a Trump presidency?
A lifelong Republican father is grappling with that question. His daughter sent Hillary Clinton this letter about how Trump’s derogatory rhetoric may have provided him a moment of clarity during this critical election.
Dear Mrs. Clinton,
I know this message may never reach you personally, Ms. Clinton, but I want to make it known that you and your campaign are making a difference in the hearts of Americans.
I am a 19-year-old college student from Middle, Tennessee. I am a feminist (though admittedly an imperfect one; I’m still learning), and I am a follower of Christ. I am a woman in STEM; I am a National Merit Scholar with a first-time SAT of 2280, and my choosing brains over pursuing conventional beauty has not always been well received.
I know I have flaws, but I will never count being a “bleeding-heart liberal,” as my father would say, among them. Though we don’t see eye-to-eye on many issues, I love my dad dearly, and he and my mother have voted Republican for as long as I can remember. Believe me, he is certainly not your biggest fan and has made that abundantly clear. These differences of opinion have for some time made me feel like an alien in my own home.
However, tonight my parents and I were watching TV in our living room when your message about the way Mr. Trump talks about women came on, and when it ended with the question “Is this the president we want for our daughters?”, he looked at me with a kind of apologetic sadness. It’s been a long time since he’s given me a look like that, a look that says, “Maybe I’ve been wrong, and maybe what I want isn’t what I want for my daughter.” My dad isn’t big on admitting he’s wrong, but his face said it all tonight.
I’m not saying he’ll vote for you, and I’m certainly not promising he’ll magically become a feminist or a Democrat or even remotely affectionate toward you as a human being, but if he votes for Donald Trump, he may find it difficult to do so with good conscience.
Thank you for focusing on what really matters: people.
Thank you for leading this nation in a direction of peace and equality. Thank you for making a father think about what this election means for his little girl. Thank you for inspiring young women to be what they want to be, the way they want to be it, no matter who tries to get in their way or tell them they can’t.
Below is the “Mirrors” video that Allee’s referring to in her letter:
Originally published at www.hillaryclinton.com.