On November 9, much of the world seemed to go into shock and despair as Republican candidate and business tycoon Donald Trump won the United States presidential elections. Many renowned people didn’t take it well, including Hollywood biggies like Katy Perry, Kristen Bell, Amy Schumer, among others. In the long list was Aaron Sorkin, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Social Network who wrote a moving letter to his 15-year-old daughter Roxy asking her to fight against everything that’s going to go wrong in America in the next four years under Trump’s presidency.
In a lengthy letter published in Vanity Fair, Sorkin wrote that it’s not just the triumph of Trump but also his supporters who rally behind everything he has mentioned in his speeches in the run-up to elections.
“And 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. Angry young white men who think rap music and Cinco de Mayo are a threat to their way of life (or are the reason for their way of life) have been given cause to celebrate. Men who have no right to call themselves that and who think that women who aspire to more than looking hot are shrill, ugly, and otherwise worthy of our scorn rather than our admiration struck a blow for misogynistic shitheads everywhere,” he wrote.
In his letter, he also highlighted how the minorities feel threatened already. “And speaking of fear, Muslim-Americans, Mexican-Americans and African-Americans are shaking in their shoes. And we’d be right to note that many of Donald Trump’s fans are not fans of Jews,” he said.
Like many who have said that they’re going to put up a strong fight and are already protesting on the streets against Trump’s win, Sorkin also asked his daughter to not feel defeated.
“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.”
He concludes with a classic one-liner saying, “The battle isn’t over, it’s just begun.”
The letter has one viral on social media with singers like Perry and Missy Higgins sharing it.
We need more courageous men like this to speak up and say that there is GREAT examples of men out there: http://t.co/daRuHfysSm
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) November 10, 2016
An inspiring letter of hope from Aaron Sorkin to his daughter, well worth a read. http://t.co/AOQLeMoorw
— Missy Higgins (@missyhiggins) November 10, 2016
Read the Letter Aaron Sorkin Wrote His Daughter After Donald Trump Was Elected President http://t.co/j5nv3tm080
— Grace Helbig (@gracehelbig) November 10, 2016
Please read this letter that Aaron Sorkin wrote to his daughter after Trump was elected http://t.co/AVGotIoxCx
— Jack Howard (@JackHoward) November 10, 2016
Why can’t Aaron Sorkin’s Jed Bartlet be the actual president? http://t.co/YOAY3CWXSr
— Andrew Stuart (@AndrewStuart) November 10, 2016
Read Aaron Sorkin’s inspiring open letter to his wife and daughter “we’ll fucking fight.”http://t.co/0HlceIoO2Y
— Q. Allan Brocka (@allanbrocka) November 10, 2016
“I don’t think this guy can make it a year without committing an impeachable crime.” – Aaron Sorkin. I’m with you!
— David Evans (@TheDrunkDavid) November 10, 2016
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