Dear Supporter of Mr. Trump,
You may be surprised to hear this, but…I love you.
In the two weeks since the first debate, I’ve been called stupid, a silly liberal and told to educate myself (multiple times). Those are only the things people have said to my face – I can only imagine what’s said behind my back or to the millions of other people like me across the country.
I actually consider myself fairly educated, as it turns out. I graduated near the top of my class at one of the best public universities in the country, hold a leadership position at the biggest PR agency in the world and read voraciously from a variety of sources and outlets with differing points of view. Is Fox News my go-to news source? No. But neither is MSNBC.
It’s somehow become the go-to argument of many Trump supporters (note, I will never say all, lest I fall into the trap of gross generalizations that so many others have found themselves in) to question the intelligence of anyone even considering voting for his opponent instead of having a conversation about the issues on which he stands.
Like you, I came to a conclusion about the side on which I would stand based on a combination of my core values, life choices and how I interpreted the information presented to me.
Do I know with absolute certainty that Hilary is the best person to lead our country? No. Do I know for absolute certainty that Trump isn’t? No.
Because these kinds of decisions aren’t absolute. They just aren’t.
But I’ve made a choice, and all I ask is that you respect it as I respect yours. Do I totally understand why you’ve made the choice you’ve made? If we’re being honest: no, not really. But, I’m not criticizing you. I’m criticizing the person you support.
There’s a big fucking difference.
Some of the smartest, most educated people in my life have chosen a different candidate than me. Does their decision make them uneducated idiots? No. It means they came to that conclusion based on their values, life choices and how they interpreted the information presented to them.
There’s something the majority of people can agree on, and it’s that our country will look different in January 2017. And the only way we can persevere is if we choose to treat one another with kindness and respect on the eve of that change, regardless of your PERSONAL beliefs.
So as we go into tonight’s second presidential debate, just know that while I may not agree with you, I respect you, I love you as a fellow human being, and I hope that we can ultimately come together to do right by our country and future kiddos.
Remember – the President isn’t the only person who can change the world.