The West Wing creator and Jobs writer Aaron Sorkin, like many celebrities, had something to say about Donald Trump’s election victory. Instead of posting his two cents on social media for all the world to see and digest, however, the Academy Award-winner composed a letter addressed to his daughter Roxy and her mother, Julia Bingham.
The letter, which was published exclusively by Vanity Fair, began with Sorkin’s admission that this was “hardly the first time” his preferred presidential candidate had lost the election, but added it was “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”:
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 sh*theads everywhere.
As hurt and angry as Sorkin’s words seemed, he quickly transitioned to answering the all-important question that — as demonstrated by CNN’s Van Jones — everyone is asking: “So what do we do?” A number of things, according to the screenwriter, including “[remembering] that we’re not alone” as “a hundred million people in America and a billion more around the world feel exactly the same way we do.”
Once established, Sorkin suggested “we get out of bed” instead of appeasing Trump supporters with images of liberal elites “sobbing and wailing and talking about moving to Canada.” He also added “we get involved” and “we’ll f*cking fight,” cautioning his daughter that “there’s a time for this kind of language and it’s now.”
You can read the full letter at full letter at Vanity Fair‘s website.