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It has been a year since you were elected President. I did not vote for you. I was distraught to learn that you had won. I was of the majority of people in this country. Many people on both sides said to give you a chance, that often candidates soften their language and ideas once they get to the White House in order to bring the people they are leading back together. I have tried to give you a chance. It is not me, but you who have failed.
Past presidents knew that it was important to unite the citizens and both practice and preach the values on which this country was built.
In 2008, in his victory speech, President Obama said, “And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn – I may not have won your vote, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be your President too.” He worked hard to cross lines and early on in his presidency he even hosted a “beer summit” with police officer Sgt. James Crowley and Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. to discuss racial issues, specifically racial profiling by the police.
In George Bush’s 2001 Inaugural speech he said, “America has never been united by blood or birth or soil. We are bound by ideals that move us beyond our backgrounds, lift us above our interests, and teach us what it means to be citizens. And every immigrant, by embracing these ideals, makes our country more, not less, American.”
Even Ronald Reagan spoke of the “shining city on the hill” welcoming those from around the world who have been persecuted and discriminated against. There was no mention of speaking English or having necessary skills.
You have continued your rhetoric from the campaign, dividing and tearing the country apart. Instead of calling out hate groups in Charlottesville, you said there were good people on “both sides” and also said that there were “very fine people” among the white supremacists attending the rally. Your anti-immigration language and policies have also gone against the values on which this country was built. It has been more than words, but your actions that have continued to divide and deteriorate what this country stands for. Your appointments of Stephen Bannon, whose fiery language and hate alienated common ground and Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, who has a history of accusations of being racist.
I believe I have given you a chance to show compassion, to demonstrate unity and to be the President for the entire country. You have failed me and so many others time and time again, and I have had more than enough.
To quote the highly successful Broadway show Hamilton (which you called overrated) – this is not a moment, it’s the movement. This movement is growing daily. We will continue to fight. That is why I voted today in my state election along with pretty much everyone I know. This will be your legacy – the people you govern fighting you every step. You can continue down this path or you can look back to when this nation first began and recognize that we are a country that was formed as a cohesive single nation as the result of the thirteen disparate colonies joining together and change your spots and become the President for ALL Americans. E Pluribus Unum.