Dear Mr. Trump,
I have not communicated with you since February, as all my previous advice seemed to go unheeded. However, today I am once again compelled to speak to you, and since what I have to say will require more than 140 characters, I cannot use your favoured method of communication.
During the course of the past seven months, you have had many, many opportunities to prove to the good people of this nation that you were of sound mind and fit to lead this nation of some 300 million people. You have missed every single such opportunity, in fact have shown us the exact opposite and have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that you are not of sound mind, and are incapable of leading this or any other nation.
While I have many a bone to pick with your behaviour, rhetoric and actions over the past seven months, today I will only address the most recent and most obvious example that you are not a man who can step up to the plate, not a man of honesty and integrity as your predecessor was, and are not a man who can accept the responsibility for his own words, actions and mistakes.
On Saturday, 13 August, this nation suffered a terrible blow. We saw, in Charlottesville, Virginia, racism rear its very ugly head and groups of people acting with evil intent proved to us that the fight for justice, for equality, is no further along than it was sixty years ago. Evil men armed with assault weapons roamed the streets, thugs incited crowds of peaceful protestors, and three people lost their lives to white supremacists, neo-Nazis and other hate groups. You were handed a perfect opportunity to respond to the fears of the nation, and yet, your response was neither timely nor appropriate. You claim that “everybody” said your speech was “beautiful”. No, Mr. Trump, that is a blatant lie. I did not hear a single person say it was ‘beautiful’ and even members of your own party, people who, until Saturday gave you their full support, have said your speech was inappropriate, that you should have spoken boldly against white supremacist and other hate groups. But you refused to do so, and we can only conclude that your reason is because you support the brand of hate that was in evidence on Saturday. There can be no other reason.
You claim you did not give a timely speech because you were waiting for facts, but you eschew facts, truth has never mattered to you in the past, and in reality, it is obvious that it does not matter now, either. You let your nation down. You let the very people who voted for you down. When you could have led, when you could have been strong and encouraged the people of this nation, you instead hid as a coward, then failed to address the issue at hand, blaming all rather than placing the blame on the shoulders of those who were responsible.
You defend your advisor, Steve Bannon, claiming that he is a “good man” and not a racist. You are aware, as we all are, that Mr. Bannon is a member of the racist, white supremacist group that calls themselves the ‘alt-right’. How, sir, does that make him “not a racist”? Yes, Mr. Bannon is a racist, as are two of your other close advisors, Stephen Miller and Sebastian Gorka. Your Attorney General, Jeff Sessions is a known racist. You have surrounded yourself with proven racists, yet we are to believe that you are not a bigot. This is simply not credible.
When asked if you thought race relationships had gotten worse or better since you took office, you said “better or the same”. How you could even say that with a straight face is beyond me. We have had murders of Indians, Muslims and African-Americans. We have seen Mosques defiled and destroyed. Even your favoured state-media outlet, Fox News, reports an increase in hate crimes. According to the Anti-Defamation League, anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. increased by 86% in the first quarter of 2017, since your inauguration. Both the FBI and the Southern Poverty Law Center have noted a significant rise in hate crimes since your inauguration, primarily against immigrants, African-Americans, Muslims, and LGBT people. And yet, you do not address this issue, instead you spend your days making false promises that you have no intention of keeping, tweeting juvenile rants against those who, in your eyes, have failed to do your bidding, and tooting your own horn.
You have been given countless opportunities to do something positive, but every action, every message from you and your administration has been negative. You are not the president this country needs in order to function as a democracy, and I am now convinced that you can never be. You are not the president your supporters voted for, and even they are becoming increasingly disappointed in you.
In light of all the above, I am requesting, as a taxpayer, as a citizen of this nation, that for once in your life, perhaps the only time in your life, you put the welfare of 300 million people ahead of your own and step down from your position. In essence, Mr. Trump, as one of your employers, I am asking for your resignation. You have had seven months to prove to us that you were capable, but you failed miserably, so, in the words you have so fondly used hundreds of times … Mr. Trump, YOU’RE FIRED!
Jill Dennison, citizen and taxpayer
P.S. In case you have misplaced my previous letters:
Open Letter to Donald Trump
Open Letter To Donald Trump – #2
Open Letter to Donald Trump – #3