Hello Rebel, and welcome back to my life.
A terrible thing happened on Tuesday night. People across the country, including me, were shown that this nation and its ideals have not advanced as far as we thought.
Twenty-five percent of this country has raised its voice in support of a liar, a racist and a misogynist, but I do not accept either him or his supporters.
I reject the reprehensible, disgusting human being Donald Trump as President of the United States.
I reject his atrocious running mate, Michael Pence, as Vice President of the United States.
Since the election I have seen many people rail against those who voted third or fourth party candidate, those for whom neither major-party candidate was good enough.
I cannot blame those people for voting their consciences. Everyone does vote their conscience, and even people who abstained from voting were trying to make a statement, and I do not blame them.
I reject, instead, those who voted for Donald Trump.
Their conscience directed them to vote for him, or at least their conscience allowed them to vote for him, and that means I no longer consider them respectable or even safe company.
Every vote for Trump supported his anti-Semitism, his misogyny and homophobia.
One can’t claim not to be racist when they support racism. One can’t claim not to be sexist when they support sexism.
If you voted for Trump, you cast your vote for a man who bragged about being powerful enough to grab any woman he wanted by the genitals. I don’t want you having any influence whatsoever on my daughter.
You cast your vote for a man who specifically discriminated against Blacks and Mexicans. I have Black and Mexican friends and connections, and I will not inadvertently put you in contact with them.
Because of the support America showed Trump on Tuesday night, violent racists have been emboldened across this country all week.
They have been sexually assaulting women. They have been beating Mexicans and Black people and Muslims, including my personal friends.
You used your loudest voice as a citizen to support the man who was the figurehead for these people. And you are complicit. And I reject you on behalf of those I love.
I understand traditional conservatism and Republicanism, even if I don’t agree with it. This is not merely political difference. This is ethical. And I do not trust your sense of ethics.
You could have supported fiscal responsibility and small government by voting downticket, without voting for President Trump.
You could have supported stricter immigration laws and legislative reform by voting for a Republican in every office available to you except the Presidency.
The Republican party has for decades had racist and sexist elements that it hid under the veneer of respectability and decency. But this time there was no veneer.
Hatred of women, non-white Americans, the disabled and the LGBT community were on brazen display. And you shrugged your shoulders and said, “Yeah, all right, as long as I achieve my political ends.”
Which you won’t, by the way. Trump has already proposed several lobbyists for high government office, so the swamp will not be drained.
And his proposed budget is going to send the country into staggering new heights of debt.
If you still care about being my friend or being connected to me at all, you can come back once you have decided to resist him in all of the ways he has promised to hurt our fellow Americans.
And to those white liberals calling for unity with Trump supporters, I respect your desire for decency and compassion, but the other side has no intention of achieving those ends.
Their indecency and hatred will not be directed at you who come to them with open arms and kind hearts. It will be directed at the people of color and non-Christians who already give so much to our nation in exchange for so little.
So I will not join you in your quest for unity with a party and a movement that has no desire for unity. Instead I put myself on the side of marginalized people who will do far, far worse under a Trump presidency than I will.
I wish I had a happier or more hopeful video for you today, Rebel. But I don’t have a happy message. I do not feel joy right now. I feel only a desire to get to work, as hard as I can, for as long as I can.
Thank you for watching. I love you. Stay safe. I will see my Patrons tomorrow and the rest of you on Monday. Byyye.