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An Open Thank-You Letter to President Donald J. Trump

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January 21, 2017

Dear Mr. President,

My parents always taught me the importance of writing thank-you notes. They told me that if someone did something to make you thankful, she or he should be acknowledged for it. So here I am today, thanking you.

I want to thank you for what you have done in the last year, for there is likely no one else who could have single-handedly accomplished so much. Because of your words and your actions, you have changed this country in a remarkable way.

Before you entered the political sphere, it was easy for us to be complacent. Many of us took little initiative in terms of politics. Voter turnout plummeted across the country. Two-thirds of the American population could not name a single Supreme Court justice.

But now, things have changed. You have awakened us.

Because of you, we are no longer standing idly by. We have learned the names of our representatives, and we have learned how to contact them. We have signed up to volunteer in our communities. We have donated our money to the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and countless other vital nonprofits across the country. We have enrolled in college and graduate programs. We have changed our career paths. We have decided to run for office.

I want to thank you for reminding us how important it is to teach the next generation about kindness, empathy, equality, and humility. Thank you for reminding us to have difficult conversations and to welcome those who do not look, talk, love, vote, or worship like we do. Thank you for forcing us to recognize our privileges and to support our marginalized neighbors. Thank you for reminding us that we need to do well, but we also need to do good.

Thank you for inspiring us to reach our fullest potential—to be bolder, stronger, and louder. Thank you for making us angry, because anger is fuel for action. Thank you for making us uncomfortable, because discomfort drives change. Thank you for making us feel afraid, because fear brings people together to march in the face of danger.

Thank you for lighting a fire under the first woman president, whoever she may be, for she is watching, and she is fierce.

Thank you, truly, for motivating us all. From now on, you can guarantee we will be active participants in our democracy. We will be watching, listening, and acting. We will vote, we will fight, and we will teach. We will support those who are most threatened by your decisions. We will not throw away our shot.

Thank you, Mr. President, for making America great again.

Sincerely,
Bailey Zallek
And Nasty Women (and Men) Everywhere

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