Dear Donald Trump,
I’ll be honest with you: You scare me. Your name sends shivers down my spine. Everything about you makes me want to run away and hide. No one should ever make someone feel the way you make me do. There are nights when I lay awake wondering what our country would be like under your leadership, and my thoughts never end up being good. I should probably start from the beginning, where my opinions first formed about you.
My eighteenth birthday comes two days after the election this year, so I knew I would not be voting in this election. Knowing that I would not be voting made me not care about the election that much. When I first heard that you announced that you were running, I didn’t think too much of it. I didn’t know anything about you at the time, and I really wish I had known.
The first moment I realized that a country under your power would be nothing short of horrifying was when you stated your (terrible) opinion on Mexico. Your idea of building a wall shocked me. The fact that you could say that these people coming from Mexico were primarily criminals and rapists is so unbelievably racist. Most of those people come here looking for jobs. They are the ones who will do the jobs that most people wouldn’t do, like picking the food you eat without a second thought about the source (you can find more about this at http://cis.org/illegalImmigration-employment). These “rapists” and “criminals” you are talking about are the ones who will do anything to get money for themselves and their families.
Not much later, you did something that hit way too close to home. During one of your many rallies, you went on stage and publicly mocked a reporter with a disability. Your hurtful words and actions offended me. I am the sister of a brother with special needs. I know what it is like to have a disability and how much that affects a person and a family. You, on the other hand, did not even care. It is hard to believe that there are people in that audience who laughed along with you.
The last straw that made me realize I truly 100% hated you was when your talk with Billy Bush was released recently, in which you said comments such as, “I moved on her like a bitch. But I couldn’t get there. And she was married. Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony tits and everything. She’s totally changed her look”, and “when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything”. As soon as these tapes were leaked, many women began to stand up and accus you of sexual harassment. Throughout the election, I have seen videos about all the sexist comments you have made towards women, but now I can’t take it anymore. Your claim to have respect for women, but everyone knows that that is a huge lie. Your comments have made me afraid to walk alone at night around my own college campus. I know there are Trump supporters at my college, and I am afraid people will think that what you have been accused of doing is okay. I don’t need anyone coming up and “grabbing me by the pussy”, as you clearly stated in the “locker room talk” tapes aforementioned, just because you think you can do that to any woman you want.
Everything about you scares me. Your words, your actions, they way you think you can do anything… it scares me half to death. The thought of you becoming our next president terrifies me. I would never vote for you in a million years, yet their are people who are perfectly fine with your racist and sexist words. The fact that you have a good shot at being president gives me nightmares.
Donald, I don’t know what I am going to do if you actually become our next president.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/08/us/donald-trump-tape-transcript.html?_r=0 (transcript of the “locker room “talk” tape)