And with so many like-minded people feeling confused and angry over Hillary Clinton‘s defeat, the Democratic nominee’s biggest (fictional) supporter — Parks and Recreation‘s Leslie Knope — has imparted some wisdom on just what to do next.
In an open letter sent out to multiple sites, the optimistic politician played by Amy Poehler said she does not accept the idea Trump’s views reflect the people of our country.
The Pawnee native wrote:
“I acknowledge that Donald Trump is the president. I understand, intellectually, that he won the election. But I do not accept that our country has descended into the hatred-swirled slop pile that he lives in. I reject out of hand the notion that we have thrown up our hands and succumbed to racism, xenophobia, misogyny, and crypto-fascism. I do not accept that. I reject that. I fight that. Today, and tomorrow, and every day until the next election, I reject and fight that story.”
After comparing Trump to a “giant farting T. Rex” that was voted President of Pawnee Elementary School in a landslide election from her childhood, Leslie reminded citizens that just because a monster is elected president doesn’t suddenly make him any less of a monster.
“On behalf of the grown-ups of America who care about you and your futures, I am awfully sorry about how miserably we screwed this up. We elected a giant farting T. rex who does not like you, or care about you, or think about you, unless he is scanning your bodies with his creepy T. rex eyes, or trying to physically grab you like a toy his daddy got him.”
Echoing HRC’s own concession speech, Leslie called on all the women and girls who hoped this was the year that final glass ceiling would be shattered, adding:
“Our president-elect is everything you should abhor and fear in a male role model. He has spent his life telling you, and girls and women like you, that your lives are valueless except as sexual objects. He has demeaned you, and belittled you, and put you in a little box to be looked at and not heard. It is your job, and the job of girls and women like you, to bust out.”
In her signature spirit, Leslie is looking at the future with hope and ended her letter on an empowering note:
“We will acknowledge this result, but we will not accept it. We will overcome it, and we will defeat it. Now find your team, and get to work.”
This is JUST what we needed! Read Leslie’s full open letter HERE.
[Image via NBC.]