I don’t want to utterly lose my shit tonight so I’m just going to keep repeating to myself, 56 million. From the numbers we’re seeing now, 56 million people voted for Hillary, 56 million people said no to Trump.
There are 56 million people out there who are going through the exact same terror right now. 56 million people, maybe, also thinking, “I have to figure out how to protect myself now. I have family and friends to protect now.”
I’m trying to imagine 56 million people standing back to back, holding hands, refusing to move. I’ve got the third book of John Lewis’s graphic novel series “March” sitting on the table next to me. I’m forcing myself to remember that I am not alone, and neither are you. I’m with you. I’m digging in my heels and vowing to do everything in my power to protect our most vulnerable.
56 million people. Let’s protect each other. Let’s fight for each other. We are not alone. The crowd of the angry and bigoted is vast too, but we are not alone and we are not insignificant. We don’t stop existing after this election. Don’t let them convince us that we’re all alone.
Consider this holding out my hand and making you a promise.
I’m with you. 56 million people are with you. We are not alone.