June 26, 2019

Shabbat Shalom Mr. Trump

It took a couple of days, but I have come to terms with the outcome of this week’s election. It is shocking that not only has Donald Trump been voted President, but we have all seen the soon to be First Lady naked. That is fascinating. The world will never be the same, and we will forever be judged by this choice. He was not the choice of the majority of Americans, but he is the winner. I love the United States and being patriotic is about supporting the country not a political party, and this country will always have my support.

I could list all the things about Donald Trump that make me scared, nervous, embarrassed, or angry, but that would be upsetting and no good can come of that. Instead I will take my frustration and use it to propel me forward toward change. I will use my voice to unite not divide, to cheer not boo. I am a white woman with a job, health insurance, and a Green Card. My fears are nothing compared to those whose lives will forever be altered by the platforms this man used to get elected. This is a scary time for all of us.

For the African American, Latino, LBGTQ, Muslim, and immigrant populations of this great land, you have fears I will never be able to fully understand. The hate is palpable and breaks my heart. The future of this country is uncertain and I am not sure what to tell my child, who is nervous about many things beyond the President Elect, but Donald Trump is not to blame. He is a genius who played the game correctly and said exactly what many people wanted to hear. He spoke directly to the disenfranchised and came out victorious.

One could argue everything will be okay and Trump will not be as bad as we think because he lied to get elected, but I would have to call bullshit on that notion. His running mate is dangerous for women and with each name that is thrown into the ring as possibilities for jobs in his administration, the chances of having a Supreme Court that will do anything good is vanishing. America will never be the same and thinking about it takes my breath away. We have changed who we are, and how we are perceived, and that is tragic on many levels.

The good news is that the job of President is temporary and this too shall pass. I will pray for Mr. Trump and his family to be safe and for him to do a good job because he is going to be my President. Not by choice, but yes, my President.  I will spend less time on social media and more time on social action. I will be understanding of those who wanted change, and fantasize about how insanely fantastic it would be for the Electoral Colleges to change their votes. That would be such amazing reality TV even Trump would love it.

I think Donald Trump is dangerous, but that doesn’t matter. What does matter is that if you are gay, Muslim, disabled, Latina, African American, an illegal alien, a survivor of sexual assault, or any other person facing hate, know I am on your side and not just with words on a page. We are all in this together and together we will join our voices and watch out for each other. America is great because of all of us, so we must unite and be strong, be aware, be brave, and take care of one another. We are at the beginning and must believe good will come.

I am still waiting for Mr. Trump to speak out against the attacks of innocent people by his supporters. I will wait, wonder, and worry as I welcome what I hope is a peaceful and quiet Shabbat. I will avoid assumptions and pray this man will not squander what has been bestowed upon him. Shabbat Shalom Mr. Trump. Do good. In this stressful and tumultuous time, let us not forget to thank the veterans of this wonderful country. They protect our freedoms and their service must be acknowledged, respected, and appreciated. We honor you and I thank you on behalf of myself and my family. Happy Veterans Day. May God Bless America and may we all keep the faith.