Read Aaron Sorkin’s Powerful Letter Urging Daughter to ‘Fight’ After Election Results
Politics| | By Sara Wilkins
The West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin has published an open letter to his daughter vowing to protect her after Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election.
Trump shocked the world by beating Hillary Clinton in Tuesday’s presidential election, a vote many thought he would lose due to his controversial policies and remarks as well as allegations he sexually abused multiple women.
Sorkin was left mortified by the election of the controversial billionaire, and sought to reassure his 15-year-old daughter Roxy that although he feared Trump’s presidency would be a historic catastrophe, she should not to give up hope of a better America.
“Well the world changed late last night in a way I couldn’t protect us from,” he wrote in the missive, published by Vanity Fair magazine. “That’s a terrible feeling for a father. I won’t sugarcoat it – this is truly horrible.
“It’s hardly the first time my candidate didn’t win (in fact it’s the sixth time) but it is the first time that a thoroughly incompetent pig with dangerous ideas, a serious psychiatric disorder, no knowledge of the world and no curiosity to learn has.”
As well as being accused of sexual abuse, Trump has been criticized for courting the support of white nationalists, having been endorsed by Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.
Sorkin, 55, slammed America’s new leader and his supporters as racist and sexist in his letter writing, “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.”
The screenwriter, who created beloved presidential drama The West Wing, explained that he thought his country had “embarrassed” itself in the eyes of the world and warned Trump’s leadership would plunge America into economic recession.
Sorkin vowed to fight Trump and his Republican supporters’ policies, which include aiming to remove American women’s right to have an abortion.
“We’ll f**king fight. (Roxy, there’s a time for this kind of language and it’s now.) We’re not powerless and we’re not voiceless,” he wrote, adding, “We get involved. We do what we can to fight injustice anywhere we see it-whether it’s writing a check or rolling up our sleeves. Our family is fairly insulated from the effects of a Trump presidency so we fight for the families that aren’t. We fight for a woman to keep her right to choose. We fight for the First Amendment and we fight mostly for equality-not for a guarantee of equal outcomes but for equal opportunities. We stand up.”
Closing out his letter to his child, the TV scribe predicted Trump would commit a crime that resulted in his removal from office and shared that Roxy’s tears over the result had affected him deeply.
“The battle isn’t over, it’s just begun,” Sorkin concluded. “Grandpa fought in World War II and when he came home this country handed him an opportunity to make a great life for his family.
“I will not hand his granddaughter a country shaped by hateful and stupid men. Your tears last night woke me up, and I’ll never go to sleep on you again. Love, Dad.”