Originally published on Huffington Post February 15th, 2017.
I wish it weren’t true. But we’re forever a divided nation. Still, you and I are fine.
What I mean is I still love my family and friends who voted for him. Our relationship is bigger than any President. Even this President.
Of course I’ll still chat with the dry cleaner or cashier or neighbor next door who voted for Trump, but we will not talk of him, ever. And if you bring him up and try to convince me why I’m wrong, I will politely ask you to change the subject.
Saying “Trump” has become our new “abortion.” His name is a trigger that when uttered can only end badly for both parties.
You will not change my view of him. I won’t change yours.
So instead I’ll do my activist work outside the dinner table or parties or lunch with friends. I’ll post my views on Facebook because it’s my page and my personal statement, and I’ll join the Resistance.
But I promise as a thinking engaged voting citizen I will do my best to listen to Trump on every issue. And when I agree, I’ll go public on social media.
This is the best I can do to “give him a chance.” Because for a long list of reasons that divide us, he is not and will never be, my President.
I’m sorry but we cannot “come together” about Trump. Because really, what does that look like?
I won’t suddenly agree with the Muslim ban or “alternative facts,” or his claim about voter fraud or his inauguration crowd size or Steve Bannon or EPA Scott Pruitt or Betsy DeVos or pussy grabs or his “so-called judge” or tweeting about his daughter’s treatment by Nordstrom
I will, however, consider the merits of a wall and read more about the pros and cons of sanctuary cities and tariffs on businesses who ship jobs overseas. I will listen to each Trump official and thoughtfully consider where we agree. Read full post here.