I have a few thoughts I want to share with you and I have waited until this moment to do it. Up until 2016 I never really shared my political views publicly. For me, my political choice was a personal choice. It is true I had worked on political campaigns. It is also true that I also worked as a producer for what was a very conservative political show. However my personal choice I believed was along the lines of Walter Cronkite. The idea that a broadcaster had the obligation to report the news not be part of the news. I believed that then and I still believe that now even in the age of partisan reporting.
So what changed? Why in 2016 did I come out of the box so strongly against Donald Trump? I did it because I believed it was not a political choice and still don’t. For me it was about right and wrong. It was about morality. The truth is politically I am very moderate in some ways and could be conservative in others. This was personal and the idea that when history looks back unfavorably at Donald Trump, and it will, I will be able to tell my grandchildren I stood for the right things. I felt strongly about that then and I feel strongly about that now. It was never about Democrat or Republican for me. As a matter of fact, I have many family members and friends who are Republican. I still do.
What did it cost me for standing up for my beliefs? One of the first thing which happened were the Trump supporters who immediately attacked and I lost a whole lot of readers of my books. I was actually told numerous times to stop talking badly about Trump or I would lose sales. My response would be to bring it on. Secondly, I lost a lot of people who I considered friends and I lost family members as well. I learned what it was like to be on the receiving of hate once again. Being gay I know what hate feels like. The first thing every single attack would begin with was calling me a derogatory name about me, my husband and my family. These things were almost immediate and continue to this day. The hate mail I receive you would not believe how vile they could be. I have a family member who to this day sends me anonymous hate mail and I know this because I tracked the messages to the exact location they were coming from. This is not an exaggeration.
So the choice to come out against Trumpism did have its losses but I could lay my head on my pillow at night knowing I was doing what I believed was the right thing to do. I still do. I also still believe I was standing on the right side of history. I sincerely do not care what your party affiliation is. I really don’t. What I do care about was how you treat others. This was never about politics for me. This was about living in a world where we could continue making the steps to live equally and lovingly. You know everything is somehow connected to this idea of loving each other. A world where we separate and discriminate others and put children in cages was a world I do not want to live in and one I would never want to live in.
Like you, I don’t have the answers to everything. And I am not naive to think that one election is going to cure all of the problems which were uncovered by Trumpism. But just maybe the uncovering of those problems and inequalities will help us begin to heal. We have seen what the other option is and hate is never the answer. Hopefully now I can go back into my box and keep most of my political thoughts to myself. However, politics does not equal fighting against discrimination and hate. That is the difference between right and wrong. That battle continues.
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