I was probably too stunned to cry last night, and I think I still am.
What I can do is thank Senator Brian Schatz, from the great state of Hawaii, for inspiring me after he stated “As a Jew, as an American, as a human, words cannot express my disgust and disappointment. This is not my President.”
I am now stating that as a gay man, as a human, as a father of a daughter born with an extra chromosome, as a citizen, I am forevermore beyond hope for the current occupant of the White House.
Sure, as an optimist, I’ve thought that Ivanka and Jared might have had a few meaningful conversations with the grandfather of their children. Or that Elaine Chao, who came to the United States as a young immigrant from China, might wake up at midnight, decide that enough is enough, resign, and show greater loyalty to her husband, Mitch McConnell, whom Trump has publicly humiliated, than to the man who nominated her as Labor Secretary. Or that Melania might say to her husband, “Take a good hard look at yourself in the mirror and ask what messages you’re sending to our young son.”
But even if any of those scenes actually played out, I truly doubt it would change what Trump has now broken: faith that the person occupying his current office will protect and preserve civil rights.
There is a silver lining: more and more citizens of the world are expressing out loud their commitment to diversity, inclusion, and to respect the rights and worth of every individual.