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If you're wondering why people are protesting:

Trump’s presidency isn’t final. Candidates do not actually recieve electoral college votes until December 19 when appointed individuals (called electors) vote, which finalizes the presidency. Electors generally vote the way their state suggests, but they are only obligated to do so in 26 states. The electors can choose to cast their votes for any candidate. There’s more that happens should they choose to vote for someone besides the majority suggestion, but the point is that nothing is final until December.

  • Democrats: *support and fuel mass incarceration*
  • Democrats: *slash social programs that overwhelmingly benefit black and latino populations*
  • Democrats: *do precisely nothing about gerrymandering and the dismantling of the Voting Rights Act*
  • Democrats: I can't believe you ungrateful minorities didn't vote for our candidate. Disgusting. This is all your fault.
Aaron Sorkin’s Letter To His Daughter After Trump’s Victory

Sorkin Girls,

Well the world changed late last night in a way I couldn’t protect us from. That’s a terrible feeling for a father. I won’t sugarcoat it—this is truly horrible. It’s hardly the first time my candidate didn’t win (in fact it’s the sixth time) but it is the first time that a thoroughly incompetent pig with dangerous ideas, a serious psychiatric disorder, no knowledge of the world and no curiosity to learn has.

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. Hate was given hope. Abject dumbness was glamorized as being “the fresh voice of an outsider” who’s going to “shake things up.” (Did anyone bother to ask how? Is he going to re-arrange the chairs in the Roosevelt Room?) For the next four years, the President of the United States, the same office held by Washington and Jefferson, Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt, F.D.R., J.F.K. and Barack Obama, will be held by a man-boy who’ll spend his hours exacting Twitter vengeance against all who criticize him (and those numbers will be legion). We’ve embarrassed ourselves in front of our children and the world.

And the world took no time to react. The Dow futures dropped 7,000 points overnight. Economists are predicting a deep and prolonged recession. Our NATO allies are in a state of legitimate fear. 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. On the other hand, there is a party going on at ISIS headquarters. What wouldn’t we give to trade this small fraction of a man for Richard Nixon right now?

So what do we do?

First of all, we remember that we’re not alone. A hundred million people in America and a billion more around the world feel exactly the same way we do.

Second, we get out of bed. The Trumpsters want to see people like us (Jewish, “coastal elites,” educated, socially progressive, Hollywood…) sobbing and wailing and talking about moving to Canada. I won’t give them that and neither will you. Here’s what we’ll do…

…we’ll fucking fight. (Roxy, there’s a time for this kind of language and it’s now.) We’re not powerless and we’re not voiceless. We don’t have majorities in the House or Senate but we do have representatives there. It’s also good to remember that most members of Trump’s own party feel exactly the same way about him that we do. We make sure that the people we sent to Washington—including Kamala Harris—take our strength with them and never take a day off.

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.

America didn’t stop being America last night and we didn’t stop being Americans and here’s the thing about Americans: Our darkest days have always—always—been followed by our finest hours.

Roxy, I know my predictions have let you down in the past, but personally, I don’t think this guy can make it a year without committing an impeachable crime. If he does manage to be a douche nozzle without breaking the law for four years, we’ll make it through those four years. And three years from now we’ll fight like hell for our candidate and we’ll win and they’ll lose and this time they’ll lose for good. Honey, it’ll be your first vote.

The battle isn’t over, it’s just begun. Grandpa fought in World War II and when he came home this country handed him an opportunity to make a great life for his family. I will not hand his granddaughter a country shaped by hateful and stupid men. Your tears last night woke me up, and I’ll never go to sleep on you again.

Love,

Dad

Sorkin Girls,

Well the world changed late last night in a way I couldn’t protect us from. That’s a terrible feeling for a father. I won’t sugarcoat it—this is truly horrible. It’s hardly the first time my candidate didn’t win (in fact it’s the sixth time) but it is the first time that a thoroughly incompetent pig with dangerous ideas, a serious psychiatric disorder, no knowledge of the world and no curiosity to learn has.

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. Hate was given hope. Abject dumbness was glamorized as being “the fresh voice of an outsider” who’s going to “shake things up.” (Did anyone bother to ask how? Is he going to re-arrange the chairs in the Roosevelt Room?) For the next four years, the President of the United States, the same office held by Washington and Jefferson, Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt, F.D.R., J.F.K. and Barack Obama, will be held by a man-boy who’ll spend his hours exacting Twitter vengeance against all who criticize him (and those numbers will be legion). We’ve embarrassed ourselves in front of our children and the world.

And the world took no time to react. The Dow futures dropped 7,000 points overnight. Economists are predicting a deep and prolonged recession. Our NATO allies are in a state of legitimate fear. 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. On the other hand, there is a party going on at ISIS headquarters. What wouldn’t we give to trade this small fraction of a man for Richard Nixon right now?

So what do we do?

First of all, we remember that we’re not alone. A hundred million people in America and a billion more around the world feel exactly the same way we do.

Second, we get out of bed. The Trumpsters want to see people like us (Jewish, “coastal elites,” educated, socially progressive, Hollywood…) sobbing and wailing and talking about moving to Canada. I won’t give them that and neither will you. Here’s what we’ll do…

…we’ll fucking fight. (Roxy, there’s a time for this kind of language and it’s now.) We’re not powerless and we’re not voiceless. We don’t have majorities in the House or Senate but we do have representatives there. It’s also good to remember that most members of Trump’s own party feel exactly the same way about him that we do. We make sure that the people we sent to Washington—including Kamala Harris—take our strength with them and never take a day off.

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.

America didn’t stop being America last night and we didn’t stop being Americans and here’s the thing about Americans: Our darkest days have always—always—been followed by our finest hours.

Roxy, I know my predictions have let you down in the past, but personally, I don’t think this guy can make it a year without committing an impeachable crime. If he does manage to be a douche nozzle without breaking the law for four years, we’ll make it through those four years. And three years from now we’ll fight like hell for our candidate and we’ll win and they’ll lose and this time they’ll lose for good. Honey, it’ll be your first vote.

The battle isn’t over, it’s just begun. Grandpa fought in World War II and when he came home this country handed him an opportunity to make a great life for his family. I will not hand his granddaughter a country shaped by hateful and stupid men. Your tears last night woke me up, and I’ll never go to sleep on you again.

Love,

Dad

It’s the 11th hour and I’ve got Zero Chill left. It’s time for the facts and the cold hard truth.

If you think your vote doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things, you’re wrong: Obama won NC by 2 votes per precinct. Al Gore lost the entirety of Florida by a mere 573 votes, and therefore lost the election to George W. Bush. Etc and so on.

If you’ve never voted before, let now be the first time: history is littered with the bodies of women and people of color who have quite literally fought and died for this right.

If you believe you don’t like either candidate and therefore will vote for a 3rd party, you are literally throwing away your vote. A 3rd party candidate will not win this election. I’m sorry that the system is unfair, but sadly, that is the way it is. This is not the time for a symbolic protest vote. Only one of two people is winning this election: any vote that does NOT go towards one just gives the other a leg up.

Here’s a quote from Twitter that I’m shamelessly stealing for its spot-on truth: “A third party vote is a gamble with the rights & safety of people who have the most to lose. IMHO, that is *not* a noble use of conscience.”

How will your conscience feel when we’re all living with a fascist sociopath running our country?

We’re facing the possibility of a future run by a man who feeds on racism, misogyny, homophobia, and xenophobia, who laughs about sexual assault and rape, who uses threats and violence and rampant lies as truth.

A man who is supported by the Klu Klux Klan (the oldest of America’s hate groups, who want to “purify” our society of black people, queer people Jewish people, immigrants, etc.), Neo-Nazis (those who adore Adolph Hitler, his ideals, and deny the mass genocide that he committed), and Russia (a government that hides its dictatorship behind the façade of “federation”).

A man who wants to build a wall around Mexico (because he believes they’re all rapists), who wants to enforce “special” IDs and extra watch on certain regions/religions/people of color, which will lead to internment camps i.e. WWII, who wants to repeal Roe v. Wade (a woman’s right to her own body), whose supporters want to take away women’s right to vote, whose VP fully endorses Conversion Therapy (using anything, including electroshock therapy to “make” queer people straight), jailed a woman for having a miscarriage, and wants women to pay for funerals of their aborted fetuses, who wants to defund Planned Parenthood (the biggest health care provider women have in our country and the only support low-income women and families have) because they’re so scared of abortion though PP mainly provides birth control, STD, cancer screenings, whose supporters are purposely trying to lose black/brown voter registration and discourage everyone they can with the use of guns and intimidation at the polls, who believes that people with PTSD (and I’m sure any mental health issue) just “aren’t strong,” who actively supports violence and harassment of those who disagree with him, who wants to put guns in the hands of everyone possible, etc. etc. etc.

A man who asked why we can’t use nuclear weapons three times within the first hour of his first security briefing.

A man who needs his Twitter taken away by the “Adults” on his campaign cannot have nuclear launch codes.

A man whose only platform is the reliance on fear, hatred, scapegoating, ignorance, and your willingness to stay ignorant.

Another lifted Twitter quote: “I understand feeling disillusioned by this election, but how you vote is quite literally life or death for some people. That’s not hyperbole.”

Poor = your fault. Women = worthless, just an object. Not Christian = terrorist. Queer = unnatural, need to be “fixed.” Black/Brown = DANGER, thugs & rapists, shoot on sight.

GERMANY THEMSELVES and survivors of the Holocaust have been trying to point out how much he sounds like Hitler. HITLER.

People have been wondering for decades: if they lived in the reign of Hitler, would they have been strong enough to see it? Would they have been strong enough to stand up against him? Would they have the courage to take action to stop him? This is no longer a What If? Scenario; it’s happening all over again. You have a chance to find out.

More Twitter lifting: “Privilege is not an accusation. It is not a point of pride, nor a point of shame. Privilege or lack thereof is simply a context. So if someone accuses you of “privilege,” they’re not accusing you of being who you are. They’re telling you that you’re missing a context.”

Do not miss the context of how important this vote is. If you think this will not affect you, then you have the privilege of missing the context. Not just your right to vote, not just how each voice matters, but how important this terrifying election is. How many millions of people, not just in the USA, but around the entire world, a wrong outcome would affect.

If you don’t like my opinions, you have every right to unfollow. But remember, these aren’t opinions. Not really. They’re facts. This is LIFE. And if your “opinion” comes at the sacrifice of someone else’s fundamental human rights, then it’s not an “opinion”: it’s a prejudice and discrimination; it is not something anyone is entitled to.

Twitter lifting: “They’ve chosen their priorities. Racism & sexism literally Trumps all else.”

This is no longer a matter of politics. This is not Republican vs. Democrat. This is not a single-issue vote.

Obama believes HRC is the single most qualified person in the country for this job. Does HRC have her own issues? Of course she does, a variety of them; she’s a human being and a career politician. There will always be things you do not like or that you disagree on; but then you work to make your voice heard afterwards, you don’t throw away your vote due to apathy

Don’t be complacent. It’s why I’m writing this: because I’m terrified and I feel like I need to do something, anything.

Remember, in the words of FLOTUS: “This is not normal. It is disgraceful. It is intolerable.” She was speaking particularly about his belief that he has the power to do whatever he wants to a woman and that ‘all men talk like that.’ But it goes for everything else across the board.

This shit is not normal. This shit is not ok. He is validating all the very worst aspects of humanity and our society, but it is all still horribly wrong.

His hypocrisy is not a platform; it is still just hypocrisy. Supporting his views is not “politics;” it’s supporting racism and misogyny and homophobia and xenophobia and everything else in between.

Fight it. Make your voice and your vote heard. It’s the only way we can begin to affect the changes we all desperately want to see.

Don’t let the very worst of us win.

Make this a reality.

VOTE.

“I don’t like either candidate” like your dumb ass can’t visualize four years of listening to Donald “hell is empty and all the devils are in my toupee” Trump fuck everything up from one end of the universe to the other?

Like, listen, you may like playing Fallout as a video game but I have to tell you that your fuckass would not survive a nuclear fallout and neither would anybody else’s so, like, maybe shut up and go vote for Hillary.

“But there’s no way he’ll really win”

let me tell you two things.

One, everybody said that about him in the primaries too and look who got the nomination.

Two, you may live in a predominately blue area. You may live in a place where people hide their racism and xenophobia and hatred for the LGBT community a little better. But I live in Virginia, and let me tell you a thing about the Southeastern United States right now. Right now, those of us in the Southeastern United States who are visibly part of one of Trump’s targeted groups, whether it’s because we’re women or we’re wearing rainbow gear or have a liberal sticker on our car or, God forbid, have dark skin or wear identifiably non-Christian religious garments, are being physically and aggressively targeted whenever we go outside.

Do you know, on two separate occasions, back when I had a Bernie sticker on my car, white men in jacked-up pickup trucks with Trump and confederate flag stickers, ACTUALLY RAN ME OFF THE ROAD while leaning out their window and yelling sexist slurs at me?

Like, I had to drive my car INTO THE GRASS on the side of the road and slam on brakes to keep being rammed by their truck. (Two different trucks, so presumably four different men.) This happened to me once while I was alone, once while Kellie was in the car with me, and once to Kellie when she was in the car by herself.

A full 20-30% of the cars I see on the road here have unapologetically racist Trump-supportive sexist-anti-Hillary paraphernalia on them. That’s not counting the ones that just have subtle Republican stickers or anti-Democrat stickers or stickers for the local conservative Congress candidates who are presumably voting for the Republican ticket that includes Donald Trump.

Grown-ass adults sit in coffee shops and talk loudly about how Donald Trump is going to save them from Muslim immigrants and Sharia Law, and parrot whatever latest bullshit they read on a parody website or Fox News and mistook for real news, and talk about how maybe those damn homosexuals will finally get what they deserve. 

It’s happened more than once to ME, and I’m a homebody who doesn’t leave my house and socialize very often. I feel like I’m living in an SNL parody skit about the South right now, but this is not a joke. This is real life.

Please believe me when I tell you we are not safe. These people will not be staying home from the polls. These people will be fucking voting.

You need to vote too.

finally a candidate we can all agree on!

(oh, and at the risk of ruining the fun of this post…

  • this was made using an extra sample ballot as a “joke”
  • don’t write in candidates, you’re literally throwing away your vote
  • this blog won’t tell you who to vote for
  • this blog WILL tell you that, if you’re a lovely in america and able to vote, do so!! read about the candidates at all levels of government, stay informed, and exercise your right to vote!

take care, lovelies, and have a great election day…just 24 hours until you don’t have to be forced to watch this circus any longer!)

The nice thing about this election is no matter if your candidate didn’t win, YOU still have a choice on how to conduct yourself. Do right by what your beliefs are; your president does not govern how YOU treat others.

you know i’ve been really tolerant of third party voters, and my personal morals are that i try not to hate anyone for reason. gotta try and see the good in everyone, you know? and i’m always for the freedom to choose who you vote for. literally any other election i would’ve said, go for it. vote third party.

but i cannot fucking tolerate this. donald trump only needs 26 more votes to win the election because of you. if you had just set your own fucked up egos and morals aside for a moment and thought about someone besides yourselves, we would not be in this situation. we would not be looking a trump presidency dead in the face if you hadn’t said ‘i don’t like either candidate’ or ‘i don’t want to vote for the lesser of two evils’. 

if you voted third party this election, please unfollow me now. i don’t care if we’re mutuals or not. you have willingly given this country over to a racist, homophobic, sexist, islamophobic, horrible man. i hope you’re proud of your protest vote. from this trans man who will likely lose what little rights he has left, i hope you’re fucking happy.

To all of my US followers who are able to, please vote tomorrow. I cannot stress how important it is to get out and vote. I know the lines are long. I know it’s a pain. I know both candidates aren’t great. But I’m legitimately terrified and anxious and all you have to do to make a difference is write on a piece of paper. Your vote does matter, and you have the privilege to help push towards change. If you don’t vote, or vote for third party, you will literally have no right to ever complain about the results and upcoming presidency whatsoever. This is not the time to rebel–if you do, you’re just doing exactly what the Republicans want you to do. I know stuff like this has been said already a million times, but please just get out and vote, and feel good that you took action.

I’ve been trying to find the right words since last night, but I can really only speak in echoes of what has already been said, over and over:

I am afraid.

I sobbed last night. I woke up my mother because panic and fear were strangling me. I’m not “bummed” that my candidate didn’t win. I’m not a “sore loser” – I am legitimately, honestly terrified, and I cried in the dark for hours while my mind projected a thousand gruesome futures on the back of my eyelids, every one of them more terrible than the one before, and all of them with Trump’s face at the forefront.

This is a man who erected his campaign on fear mongering. Racism. Sexism. Xenophobia. Homophobia. Transphobia. Violent, disrespectful, offensive rhetoric. This is a man who mocked a disabled reporter. This is a man who disgraced POWs. This is a man who believes in criminally punishing people who get abortions. This is a man who not only advocates sexual assault, but is a sexual predator himself. This is a man who is on trial for raping a child.

He has no political experience. No business skill. No heart or compassion. And not only did he set his sights on the White House, but the American people paved the way for him. They heard his ugly, terrible words, and in him saw a reflection of their most awful selves, and were validated in every backwards thought they’ve ever had.

Mike Pence, our new Vice President, would rather jail me than let me get married. He’d rather electrocute me – literally torture me – than allow me to love who I love. And he sits right at Donald Trump’s heel.

People in my family voted for this. People who claim to love and support me cast their vote for a candidate who would take away the few rights I have if he could.

Shame on you. Shame on all of you.

I am deeply sickened. Disturbed. Devastated. But most of all, I am afraid. I am afraid for my queer and trans siblings. I am afraid for my friends of color. My Muslim friends. My disabled friends.

My life, our lives, are in danger.

And you, Trump voters, are responsible. I hope you’re happy.

One day, I will get married to the love of my life. It will be a queer wedding, and it will be a political statement, and an expression of our love and commitment to one another at the same time. Because our existence as queer people is radical in and of itself.

And if you voted for Trump, then I don’t want you there. Because you’ve clearly shown that you don’t support my freedom, my happiness, or my future.

Frankly, you can all go fuck yourselves.

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Election day is upon us and everything about it is incredibly stressful!!

Though regrettably I haven’t talked much about the election on here, I do want to remind everyone the importance of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. (And fuck politicians who think otherwise!!)

AND FOR GOD’S SAKE PLEASE VOTE! Please tell your friends, families & neighbors to vote! Even if you don’t agree with the candidate’s past or their ideas, neglecting your voting power is an unfair privilege & contributing to Trump’s evil agenda. Especially since there are people who can’t vote & whose lives are greatly affected by the results.

So please vote & stay safe!