Dear Donald…..

I don’t even know where to begin. I know you probably won’t read this, and if you do I’ll probably be labeled a “loser,” but it has to be said. 

When you first voiced your intent to run for president of the United States, we all laughed. But it was that nervous laughter you do when someone suggests that they are gonna drink a gallon of milk in two minutes flat and then run a marathon without stopping to pee. You don’t believe them and don’t think it’s a great idea, but you kinda wanna stick around to see what happens.

The thing is, we are all shocked and amazed you are STILL IN IT. But unfortunately, it is in no way funny or entertaining anymore.

Dear Donald, it’s time we sat down for a serious talk. I know no one is ballsy enough to say this to your face, but you are like that one crazy relative that everyone comes to Thanksgiving dinner for, with the sole purpose of seeing what ridiculous thing will fly out of their mouth next. ThinkDrunk Uncle from SNL’s Weekend Update skit.

Now your views on women have been well known, so I’m not even gonna touch that one. What I wanted to specifically talk to you about is your latest stunt. Yes, I call it a stunt because it was a careless jumble of words and arm flailing that should have never happened. I want to address the Serge Kovaleski incident.

I don’t care if Mr. Kovaleski invented facts for his article concerning you. That’s besides the point (besides that theory has been debunked by numerous sources). The point is it is NEVER acceptable to mock someone’s physical disability. Now I’d understand if you were just mindlessly gesturing (I talk with my hands alot as well), but the fact that you used the SAME arm as where Kovaleski’s disability affects him, tells me that you had every intention of attempting to discredit his words by placing emphasis on his disability, alluding to the view that he shouldn’t be taken seriously because he’s disabled. That his work doesn’t matter. Despite the fact that he’s reported for 3 major news outlets during his illustrious career. Mr. Trump, can you spell Pulitzer? Because Kovaleski actually has one of those. Oh and this view that people with disabilities don’t have much to offer because of their disability? It’s a view that far too many people in this country already have and our community has suffered because of it.

If you truly didn’t mean to mock Mr. Kovaleski, the decent thing to do is apologize. What you don’t do is continue to attack the man you mocked by accusing him of grandstanding. By doing this, you are perpetuating the stereotype that those of us in the disabled community aren’t talented, hard workers with dreams of our own. As a public figure you have an opportunity to influence the world for good. We are still waiting for you to take it.

Finally Donald, we are tired. We are weary. We need to begin serious discussion of the issues that matter in this country. If you can’t participate in this way, with civility and decorum, please do us all a favor and drop out of the race. I’m sure you can find something else to do. I hear Bill Cosby lives nearby and could use a pinochle partner. It’s up to you.

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