Dear Donald Trump,
Congratulations. You did it. You've ascended to the highest position of political office in America, and arguably, in the world. You took on the establishment. And you won. You will be the 45th president of the United States.
To be perfectly honest, this was a result I would have never anticipated. Maybe because I never took into account just how many people in America have a mindset that was conducive to you winning. Maybe because I was in denial about the fact that someone with your track record could ever become the leader of the free world. But I have to say, you proved me wrong. You proved a lot of people wrong. To borrow a quote from one of my professors, you have "broken American political science".
So I believe that firstly, a commendation is in order. Congratulations on your unprecedented win. Clearly, there is a large part of the American public that stands behind your views as feels as though you've given them a voice that they never had before. So good on you for tapping into that demographic and taking advantage of their support.
If I may, there are some other things you've taken advantage of in the past. One of which is women. As someone who claims to have the utmost respect for women, being a serial adulterer with several allegations of sexual assault against you, as well as amassing quite the collection of insults to women that cover a wide range of topics, from a women's place in the home, to physical appearance, to bodily functions is quite atypical to expect from someone who claims "Nobody has more respect for women than I do". Choosing a running mate who has time and again, waged a war against the bodies of Indiana's women and makes every attempt to take control of their uteruses was also a great way to hammer this point home. Guess you both enjoy grabbing pussies in different ways.
Interestingly enough, your opponent was a woman. A woman with years and years of experience in the political arena, way more so than you have amassed. A woman who was gracious during the campaign process and didn't stoop in insults or fear-mongering, yet a woman whom you've labeled as "nasty". A woman who has been on the path of moving forward in her campaign focused on issues, but a woman that you still continue to blame for her husband's past transgressions while expecting your supporters to forgive your own. A woman who never pointedly asked people to vote for her because she was a woman, yet one whom you accused of playing the "woman card" and made comments such as "if she can't satisfy her husband, how can she satisfy America?" . A woman who has accepted her defeat graciously, perhaps more graciously than you ever would had the result of this election been reversed. That woman is Hillary Rodham Clinton, and I'm still with her.
And don't get me started on your dangerous and inflammatory statements on minority groups, immigrants, and refugees. Mr. Trump, you insult me and disgust me with your derogatory comments towards females. And that is personal. But so is this. I am a first generation North American, and my parents immigrated here with next to nothing in their name, and were able to establish themselves from the ground up. I appreciate that you have been able to build a successful company, with your seed money of $1 million. And I'm sure you've worked hard for what you have. But there is no way you can look to myself, my family, or the millions of other immigrant families who are the reason that North America is so great and so diverse, and say that they're lazy, or dangerous, or "bad hombres". I have witnessed firsthand what hard work and dedication to building a better life for those around you looks like, and these qualities are first and foremost espoused in our immigrant and minority populations. Rather than build a wall to shut them out (which isn't even financially feasible) or ban them, look to them and learn from them. They can teach you a thing or two about hard work, and sacrifice, and humility. And I think many people can agree that as a leader, being resourceful and learning things from those who surround you is a beneficial skill to have.
Mr. Trump, perhaps you don't realize the ripple effects that your presidency has. Maybe the scariest thing isn't that you will become president, but that this will empower radical groups to become even more violent. KKK parades have already been spotted around the country while schools are being sent into lockdown. This is a ripple effect of the election of someone who says he has a great relationship with "the blacks". Hate crimes against people of colour and minority groups increased exponentially during your campaign. What evidence is there to suggest you will do anything to stop this trend and condemn these acts?
You said in your victory speech last night that "this politics stuff is tough". And you're right. It is tough. And I'm not sure you know the magnitude of what you just signed up for. Mr. Trump, America is not just another Trump University, or Trump Hotel, or any of your other failed business ventures. If the going gets tough and you aren't doing well, you can't just throw up your hands and declare bankruptcy. You can't sue someone. You can't feign ignorance. This is a country, one of the most powerful countries in the world at that. These are people's lives that are at stake here. Do you realize this, Mr. Trump? I really really hope so.
Truth be told, Mr. Trump, the thought of your victory upset me so much that I almost didn't get out of bed this morning. I didn't know if I could physically process what happened, or go through my day knowing that the world I woke up to would be so fundamentally different from how it was when I went to sleep. But then I remembered that it was not so long ago that women were not even able to receive the kind of education that I'm so privileged to be immersed in. We were not even granted the right to vote. And while we have made progress as a gender, last night proved that we still have ways to go. I decided I had two choices: I could feel disheartened and spend my time wallowing in grief. Or I could get out of bed and do something about it. So I got up and went to class. I participated in discourse, making my voice heard. I talked to friends and family about what this election means. Step by step, I laid down the groundwork for what I will be able to achieve in the future, as I have been doing every single day before this election, and will continue to do every single day after it. Mr. Trump, your victory has made me sad, but not cynical. While this decision symbolically tells women we will never be as good as men, and never ascend to those positions of power, I refuse to believe that for a second. And I believe you deserve to be thanked for this, as your victory showed women how much more further we have to go. And I'm more motivated to do it now than ever before. I highly doubt that Hils will give up after this. You better believe she will pull herself up by the pantsuit and will keep fighting. And thats exactly what I intend to do.
Mr. Trump, while your election may still symbolize that minority groups have a long, long way to go, I also want to look at the good that came out of this election. Nevada elected America's first ever Latina Senator. California elected the first Indian-American Senator. Florida elected the first Vietnamese-American congresswoman. Oregon elected America's first LGBTQ+ governor. Washington elected an immigrant Indian-American woman to serve in the House of Representatives. And Minnesota elected a Somali refugee to become a US legislator. Interestingly enough, these are all groups that you tried to target and belittle in your campaign, and look at them now. We will still keep fighting.
Mr. Trump, I could address you about your campaign platform and promises all you want. This letter would be substantially longer if I did, but I think it is more beneficial to focus on your future as the President of the United States of America. As I stated in the early part of this letter, you've shown that you have a tendency of proving people wrong. It is my sincerest hope that, during your presidency, you prove all of us wrong as well.
A millennial, Indian, first-generation Canadian nasty woman.