Dear Hillary Clinton, this is what I want you to know…

Today, in the shadow of last night’s crowning of the first woman to officially be nominated for president, many of my friends are asking how I feel having been a very vocal supporter of Bernie Sanders. I felt it was important that I answer them. I also feel it’s important that you, Hillary Clinton, understand how many women who felt Bernie was the best choice feel today.

I have mixed feelings about your nomination. As a woman who strongly stands against the inequality and objectification of our gender it is satisfying to see our country officially nominate a woman for President of the United States of America. That satisfaction is short-lived however because the woman who was nominated is as close to a ‘good old boy’ as you can get. The fact that you’re so far immersed into the current corrupt political pool quickly drowns out any good feelings I have almost immediately. The fact that you are a woman does not mean you are the best candidate for women’s rights. In this case you certainly were not, but the best candidate was blackballed by the party because he saw the corruption there long before the damning emails came to light this past weekend. Remember that in the coming months and years. You’ll never really know if you would have gotten the nomination if not for the machinations and underhandedness of the DNC. The American people were backing Sanders in droves, your nomination is politically driven, not people driven.

It’s important you understand what I’ve stated above because I will reluctantly be casting my vote for you. I want you to know that you haven’t earned my vote. My vote for you is a vote opposing Donald Trump. You see, America has survived corrupt politicians many times, but Hitler proved that hatred and division of the population is the downfall of a country. I believe this country can survive four more years of good old boy politics. I do not believe we can endure a Trump presidency led by a hateful, racist, misogynistic, clueless, narcissist.

I know I have other choices, but I also know that the people that choose Gary Johnson or Jill Stein will be the thinking people, the people who also see how dangerous Donald Trump is. So votes for the other choices will sadly be as good as a vote for Trump. I can’t in good conscience do that. The mere thought of a Trump presidency is terrifying. So yes, you will have my vote.

Before you bask in the glory of your tainted nomination, I hope you realize just how many individuals out here feel the same way I do. In the words of Han Solo, “Don’t get cocky kid.” You have a lot to answer for. Bernie Sanders supporters like me expect you to understand the importance of recognizing our concerns and working to implement some of the changes that he proposed in his campaign. We will be watching and taking note of the decisions you make. We will be standing with candidates for Congress who align with Bernie’s ideals, not yours.

If you defeat Donald Trump, and I sincerely pray you do, it will be because of people like me. People who, like Bernie Sanders, can see past our own feelings for the sake of our country. You will need to remember us when you get to the White House and listen to our voices, not just the voice of big business, big money and corrupt politicians. Our revolution doesn’t end because you got the democratic nod, it’s just beginning.