Asking President Trump to be President of all the people

I attended the Women’s March on Washington on January 21. I woke the next day to my president’s tweet insulting marchers, asking, “Why didn’t those people vote?”  This is my response.

Contact the White House

Mailing address:  1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20500

President Trump,

I write in reference to your tweet of 4:47 a.m. on January 22, quoted here for reference:

Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election! Why didn’t these people vote? Celebs hurt cause badly.

I wanted to let you know that I marched in the protest on January 21, and yes, I did vote, as did every member of the group I was with.

However, I voted for someone other than you, along with 73,648,822 other Americans.  This number is the certified final election result published by Fox News.

Although only 46.1% of voters chose you to be our President, I accept that you are legitimately my president.

It’s time for you to do the same.

You are not the President of the Trump Voters.  You are the President of the United States of America.  You are the president of all the people who voted for you, all the people who voted for someone else, all the people who didn’t vote, and all the people who were denied the opportunity to vote.  And most of us disagree with your assessment of the country’s current state and the direction you wish to take it.

I find this tweet personally insulting.  Of course I voted.  Yesterday I exercised my right to petition my government for a redress of grievances, my right to free speech and my right to peaceable assembly.  I will continue to exercise these and all my rights in opposition to the vision you have for my country.

As you noted in your inaugural address, this moment belongs to us.  The oath of office you took on Friday was an oath of allegiance to all Americans. All of us.  The 62,979,879 people who voted for you, the 73,648,823 people who voted for someone else, and the 187,787,195 people who did not or could not vote.

You said, “Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.”  I will be working diligently to make that promise a reality.  You, my congressional delegation, my state legislators and the appointed officials whose salaries I pay will be hearing my voice, my hopes and my dreams frequently throughout the next four years.

You are my president.  Please stop insulting me, and acknowledge that you are the President of all the citizens of the United States.

Thank you for your attention.

Posted in Calls & Letters, Civil Rights, President Trump, Vision for America.