Dear President Elect Trump,
Your meteoric rise to political popularity astounded us all. However, I cannot express in words my disappointment in your recent successful election to the Presidency. I did not vote for you (I know…shocker).
I voted for another candidate.
In my opinion, none of the candidates were good enough. However, it came down to being a decent human being. I voted for someone who qualified. You can tell a lot about someone by how they treat others. I voted for someone who does not hate the people they want serve.
President Elect Trump, you might be a decent business person, but what kind of person are you? So far, everything I have seen would lead me to believe you have nothing but contempt for others? What about those who are different from you, or who you believe are inferior to you? How can you serve the people when you are full of animosity towards them?
President Elect Trump, you openly mock immigrants, women, and people with disabilities.
Does mocking others make you feel better about yourself?
Are you trying to compensate for your weaknesses?
I have found that truly strong people do not belittle others in the pursuit of greatness. Showing kindness and respect is a sign of strength.
You have money, throwing money at a problem or giving gifts is easy. All the money or power in the world cannot make up for the pain you have caused and are causing others. In fact, I have found that most of the time words and actions go further to solving problems that spending money on them.
President Elect Trump, you live in a very different world than the majority of people in the U.S. You are the quintessential 1%. You have your suits custom-made, yet you do not wear them properly. Your jackets are too large. Your ties are usually down past your belt, which says that either you do not know how to dress yourself or you do not care. I doubt you have ever wondered where you next meal came from or how you will pay your bills.
Have you ever lived in your car or gone without food?
Have you ever been fired from a job and only had $6 in your bank account?
You do not have to have come from poverty to understand, but there is no need to make others feel bad for being poor. Some people are unable to rise above their circumstances, they do not need someone making them feel worse than they already do.
They especially do not need the President of the United States of America making them feel bad.
Many of them are just as hardworking as you. Some of them work harder than you. They have tried unsuccessfully to pull themselves up by their bootstraps. They are not looking for a handout, but a hand-up.
President Elect Trump, as the soon to be President of the United States of America, you are in a unique position to help change a lot of lives. Please do not squander this opportunity. During the next four years, I urge you, when making policy decisions to consider those who have not had your opportunities.
I implore you to set aside your wish to be “tremendous,” and be great. Your legacy as a President and as a human being is not dependent on how rich you are, but on whose lives you change.
Please consider for a moment, that is there is more to the Presidency than wielding abject power. I expect you to live up to your commitment to “Make America Great Again,” even if that America is different that what you wanted.
Taylor E. Darcy