Yesterday, January 20th, 2017, you stood up in front of the world and took an oath to serve the people of the United States of America. In this historic moment, you became the 45th president of this country and stepped into one of the most important positions in the world.
I am not going to talk about whether you are qualified to be in this position. I am not going to talk about the election, or whether external forces influenced the polls. I am not going to discuss your campaign or your platforms. In fact, I’m not really here to talk about you at all.
I am not here to talk about what you are going to do; I am here to tell you what we, the people of America, are going to do.
Today, while you were recovering from what I’m sure was an exhausting inauguration day, the people of America – and of the world as a whole – filled the streets in the largest political protest in history. There were gatherings on all seven continents. People of every race, gender, and creed came together as one; civilians, civil servants, soldiers, and celebrities. Men. Women. Children. Adults. Christians. Muslims. Jews. Atheists. Black. White. Brown. Gay. Straight. Queer. Despite your attempts to divide us, we rose together as one to spread our message.
Love trumps hate.
In the days to come, I am sure that you are going to try and skew the facts the way you always do. Already, your White House press secretary Sean Spicer has come forward and falsely claimed that your inauguration had the largest turnout in history. You have even said that you saw the numbers as over 1 million. Maybe things looked a little different from down there in the middle of it, but I think you might be overcompensating a bit there.
But hey, while we’re on the subject of numbers, how about I give you ours? Thanks to the tireless effort of two university professors and countless volunteers, we’ve been able to get a rough estimate of the number of people involved in Women’s Marches today. (Keep in mind that at the time of this writing, the numbers are still pouring in and the lists are being updated as we speak.) In the United States, the lowball estimate is that there were at least 3.5 million protestors. There were upwards of 500k in Washington DC and 750k in Los Angeles alone. That’s not even counting the roughly 250k protestors from all over the world who stood up in support of their American brothers and sisters.
Even more importantly, despite those tremendous numbers, there have so far been no reports of arrests in any of the major cities.
In the late 1700s, the downtrodden, diverse populace of the fledgling United States banded together against tyranny. This country was founded on the concept that all of us are created equal, regardless of race or gender or religion. It was this idea that brought the collected people together to break free from the shackles of oppression and forge something better.
It is this same idea that bolsters us now.
So this letter isn’t to ask you what you plan to do, Mr. Trump. This letter is to let you know that we are ready. We are here, we are united, and we will not be silenced. We are not going to let your hate speech and fear mongering tear us down. You have given us a common goal and reignited the fighting spirit that this country was built upon.
In a way, it would seem that on your very first day in office, you have already fulfilled your campaign promise: America is great again.
We are ready, Mr. Trump. Are you?