Open Letter to Hillary Clinton & Barack Obama
You said that Donald Trump was the biggest threat to the United States since… EVER. You told us we had to get out and stop this cataclysm.
“Donald Trump’s ideas aren’t just different, they are dangerously incoherent. They are just a series of bizarre rants, personal feuds and outright lies. He is not just unprepared, he is temperamentally unfit to hold an office that requires knowledge, stability and immense responsibility. This is not someone who should ever have the nuclear codes, because it’s not hard to imagine Donald Trump leading us into war just because somebody got under his very thin skin.”
— Hillary Clinton, Jun 2. 2016
“The fate of the republic rests on your shoulders. I ran against John McCain. I ran against Mitt Romney. But I never thought that the republic was at risk if they were elected. This guy is temperamentally unfit to be commander in chief and he is not equipped to be president. This should not be a controversial claim, it really shouldn’t. It’s strange how over time, what is crazy get’s normalized.” — Barack Obama, Nov 4. 2016
But today, you’re asking us to give him a chance.
“We must accept this result and then look to the future. Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead. Our constitutional democracy enshrines the peaceful transfer of power. We don’t just respect that. We cherish it. It also enshrines the rule of law; the principle we are all equal in rights and dignity; freedom of worship and expression. We respect and cherish these values, too, and we must defend them.”
— Hillary Clinton, Nov. 9 2016
“We are now all rooting for his success in uniting and leading the country. The peaceful transition of power is one of the hallmarks of our democracy. And over the next few months, we are going to show that to the world….We have to remember that we’re actually all on one team.”
— Barack Obama, Nov 9. 2016
I believe that we should be good, kind people who treat one another with love and respect not hatred and violence. But that doesn’t mean I should kowtow to a demagogue so as not to hurt his feelings and/or provoke his wrath. The cognitive dissonance is giving me whiplash right now. You literally JUST warned us about the dangers of normalizing Donald Trump, and now you are doing it yourselves. So either…
A. You were using inflammatory rhetoric on the campaign trail to scare us into voting for you, and you didn’t really believe he was a threat.
B. You meant what you said, and now you are scared and backing down.
If it’s the former then I’m disappointed in myself. Disappointed I supported you, believed in your authenticity, that you wanted to protect and lift all of us up. Disappointed I bought your faux-organic kool-aid. Disappointed I thought you were different and not just as greedy as other folks in power.
However, if it’s the latter, then I am deeply disappointed in you.
You urged us to be brave, to come out in numbers, use our voices even though we were afraid, tired or apathetic. And we answered, we delivered the popular vote despite not having the full protection of the Voting Rights Act. And now? You retreat along with the rest of the 1% into a bubble of safety and ask us to calm down? To be quiet? To accept this new world order? To be patient? To assume it will be okay and do nothing? To wait and… hope? Shame on you.
We don’t buy that. And we won’t sit around and wait. The lives of the people you seek to lead, unlike yours, are under real, actual threat, now more than the day before the election. Our people and planet are dying. We know that and we are in the streets to remind you.
If you want to be the leaders we’ve admired and championed, then champion us now. Vocally support our right to demonstrate, to demand decency from the officers of our government and help us hold them accountable. We the people are the power and we have too much momentum to be stopped. That sinking feeling in your gut that maybe these demonstrations won’t end, maybe we’ll have an American spring, and maybe the stability of this democracy isn’t as certain as you’ve been asserting — listen to that feeling because your gut is right.
Millions of us will march on Washington in January. By that day, you will both have officially made your return to the general population.
March with us.
Use your privilege to support this movement. Tap into your deep knowledge of the rules of government and campaign mobilization to help us direct our demands and achieve real progress. Think back to when your careers began and you had nothing yet to lose. You spoke up with your votes but your work didn’t end there. Today, more urgently than ever, we must stand up for our hard worn rights.
Will you join us?