Yesterday many parents had to wake up and explain to their children, the future of this country, that Donald Trump had become President of the United States. Mothers and fathers had to find a way to tell their daughters and sons that there would not be the first female president, instead that Americans voted to elect a misogynistic, racist, xenophobic, hateful man. Not an easy decision for many of us to comprehend, let alone explain to a child.

Aaron Sorkin, Oscar winning screenwriter, did this in a powerful letter to his 15-year-old daughter Roxy and his wife Julia. Not only did he elegantly portray his sorrow and grievances, he made a promise to fight for his girls and the future of America. See excerpt below & read the full letter on VanityFair.com.

Aaron Sorkin, Best Screenplay – Motion Picture for “Steve Jobs”. Photo by @inezandvinoodh #goldenglobes

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“Sorkin Girls,

Well the world changed late last night in a way I couldn’t protect us from. That’s a terrible feeling for a father. I won’t sugarcoat it—this is truly horrible. It’s hardly the first time my candidate didn’t win (in fact it’s the sixth time) but it is the first time that a thoroughly incompetent pig with dangerous ideas, a serious psychiatric disorder, no knowledge of the world and no curiosity to learn has.

And it wasn’t just Donald Trump who won last night—it was his supporters too. The Klan won last night. White nationalists. Sexists, racists and buffoons. Angry young white men who think rap music and Cinco de Mayo are a threat to their way of life (or are the reason for their way of life) have been given cause to celebrate. Men who have no right to call themselves that and who think that women who aspire to more than looking hot are shrill, ugly, and otherwise worthy of our scorn rather than our admiration struck a blow for misogynistic shitheads everywhere. Hate was given hope. Abject dumbness was glamorized as being “the fresh voice of an outsider” who’s going to “shake things up.” (Did anyone bother to ask how? Is he going to re-arrange the chairs in the Roosevelt Room?) For the next four years, the President of the United States, the same office held by Washington and Jefferson, Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt, F.D.R., J.F.K. and Barack Obama, will be held by a man-boy who’ll spend his hours exacting Twitter vengeance against all who criticize him (and those numbers will be legion). We’ve embarrassed ourselves in front of our children and the world…”

Read the full letter on VanityFair.com.

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