For those of you who know me, or have been reading my blog for a while now you know that I’m often not short on words. I’ve been trying to write this post all day but honestly, for the first time in a long time, I just couldn’t write. Today has been an amazing day, but also a very emotional day for me and so many other Americans.
Yesterday went to bed around 2:00am hoping to see the election results but fighting to stay awake after a week of staying up until 2am and waking up at 5am. Like I have been all week, I woke up at 5am, watched the news until 6am and then fell back asleep.
I woke up at around 8:30am to this:
I’ll be honest with all of you, I cried. I cried because the weight of the last four years had finally been lifted. It was an amazing feeling, but also an incredibly emotional experience. I think Trump is a terrible person, and while I won’t go too deeply into it now, here are three things that really bother me:
- Calling COVID – “The China Virus” – this has created a wave of anti-Chinese/anti-Asian sentiment in America. I have heard about this not just through stories I’ve read but first-hand from Chinese friends here in the US. This is incredibly racist, offensive, and does nothing but fuel hate and division in our country.
- Suggesting that Doctors are inflating COVID deaths – during Trump’s rally’s last week he said in front of packed crowds that Doctors were purposefully inflating COVID death counts. Insulting front-line workers during a pandemic is as low as you can go.
- Attacking the democratic process – we all saw this on display over the last week, it’s not only insulting to all of the people who voted, it’s also an incredible selfish, childish and embarrassing thing to do. The world is watching and I can tell you that how Trump has handled this will be his legacy.
All that being said, I don’t think that all Trump supporters are like Trump, nor do I think they would agree with everything he says and does. Here’s what I said on Twitter today:
Tonight, Kamala Harris and Joe Biden gave two of the most inspiring speeches I have ever seen in my life. The focus was on healing the country, bringing people together, and truly restoring America both nationally and around the world.
I cried during both Kamala and Joe’s speeches. I’m not embarrassed or scared to admit that I cried, I’m proud. This is a turning point for our country and it was so inspiring to see true leaders at their best.
Now it’s time for us to heal as a nation, to take COVID seriously, to take Science seriously, and to restore the respect we once had globally. It will take time, but I do think today was a tremendous step forward toward making America a country that is unified, not divided.
Whether you voted for Biden or Trump, know that I believe from the bottom of my heart that we are more similar than we are different. Together we can shift the focus from division and hate, to unification and healing.
Here’s to the journey ahead, together.