An Open Letter to Donald Trump

Dear Donald Trump,

You don't know me and will never know I exist. However, I have grown up hearing your name, usually in relation to golf courses, never in relation to politics. Until now. Honestly, I thought it was a joke when you announced your intention to run for president, much like when Kanye West did the same.

Now, though, we're mere weeks away from the election. You are still in the running. You're garnering frankly terrifying results in polls. You know how everyone talks about remembering exactly where they were and what they were doing when the news broke of the Twin Towers collapsing? I have a feeling it'll be much the same if you win the election.

Here's the thing; you winning the election would spell disaster for the LGBT+ community, women, Muslims, Latinos, etc..

You cannot be trusted with the position of POTUS.

You see, Mr Trump, I'm speaking as a bisexual woman. I cried for weeks following the Pulse Nightclub Massacre whilst you paraded around saying "if everyone had a gun...". If everyone in that nightclub had been in possession of a semi-automatic weapon, it would have had the potential to be an even worse disaster than it was. More lives would have been lost in the crossfire. More families shattered.

I've sat and watched you say that your bragging about assaulting women was simply "locker room talk". I'll be honest with you, I've never been one for sports, but if that's the kind of discussion that goes on in locker rooms, I'm glad I've never been involved. Because every word you utter about women is damaging and degrading.

I'm a survivor of assault. Your "locker room talk" has left me virtually speechless. No, every man does not partake in such vile conversation behind closed doors. Some men have respect for women, which you've already admitted you don't.

You say that Hillary Clinton's adverts about you are "not nice", yet it's your voice in the background. Perhaps what you mean is that you are "not nice"?

I've known all along that you were egotistical and arrogant, but at this stage your name simply leaves a bad taste in my mouth. You've been given a microphone and at every opportunity you've used it incorrectly. Rather than using your position to say something of value, you've used it to demean everyone around you.

You live in a bubble, Donald Trump. One day it'll burst and it'll be you who falls. I only hope that your bubble bursts on election day, before you have a chance to take everyone else down with you. The United States of America should not be your bubble. You should not be given the power to ruin lives as and when you see fit. 

We have no way of knowing how many lives you have ruined already. Here's hoping the citizens of the USA see sense and don't give you the power to ruin any more.

Yours Sincerely,
Megan Haste