Writer of The Social Network and creator of The West Wing, Aaron Sorkin, is one of many hard hit by the election results yesterday. Sadness and despair hit the nation and world yesterday, but the only way to progress is to move forward, and the Oscar-winning writer has made sense of the news the best way he knows – through writing.
In an open letter to his 15-year-old daughter Roxy, also addressed to his ex-wife Julia, Sorkin ever so eloquently puts into words what most of us have not been able to. It moves from the despair of what a Trump presidency means to Americans and the world, quickly into action – because that really is the only thing we can do now. It’s heartwarming to say the least, and empowering at best. Below are some of the highlights, while you can read the full letter over at Vanity Fair.
And it wasn’t just Donald Trump who won last night—it was his supporters too. The Klan won last night. White nationalists. Sexists, racists and buffoons. Angry young white men who think rap music and Cinco de Mayo are a threat to their way of life (or are the reason for their way of life) have been given cause to celebrate… Hate was given hope.
And the world took no time to react. The Dow futures dropped 7,000 points overnight. Economists are predicting a deep and prolonged recession. Our NATO allies are in a state of legitimate fear. And speaking of fear, Muslim-Americans, Mexican-Americans and African-Americans are shaking in their shoes. And we’d be right to note that many of Donald Trump’s fans are not fans of Jews.
What wouldn’t we give to trade this small fraction of a man for Richard Nixon right now?
First of all, we remember that we’re not alone. A hundred million people in America and a billion more around the world feel exactly the same way we do. Second, we get out of bed. The Trumpsters want to see people like us (Jewish, “coastal elites,” educated, socially progressive, Hollywood…) sobbing and wailing and talking about moving to Canada. I won’t give them that and neither will you.
Roxy, I know my predictions have let you down in the past, but personally, I don’t think this guy can make it a year without committing an impeachable crime.
America didn’t stop being America last night and we didn’t stop being Americans and here’s the thing about Americans: Our darkest days have always—always—been followed by our finest hours.
Regarding the election, here’s how you can still make a difference if you are feeling defeated.