Since Donald Trump’s election, Democrats have struggled with how to tell their children that because Hillary Clinton lost, their tiny worlds will crumble around them like the vegan, fair-trade, gluten-free crackers in their luxury lunchboxes.
Most major news organizations have provided helpful guides on how to talk to your kids about Trump. Even the American Academy of Pediatrics warned that children who didn’t get Trump therapy might suffer long-term emotional distress.
Some liberal parents, though, have come up with a way to help their kids work out their political angst while also attempting to guilt the President-elect: forcing their kids to write #kidsletterstoTrump.
The effort, organized through a Facebook group with 12,000 members, asks parents of small children to use their kids innocent crayon drawings and adorably mis-spelled missives to persuade Donald Trump to “be nice” and to educate the President-elect “about the importance of being kind to other people, even if they’re different than you are.”
Social media quickly filled with letters — clearly not written by young children and full of ideas that were obviously not generated organically from the Kindergarten mind.
— Eve J. Brown (@evejoybrown) November 18, 2016
— Mer569 (@mer569) November 17, 2016
— Lara (@larahollingswor) November 17, 2016
— Dan Bernstein (@dan_bernstein) November 10, 2016
— Barbara Meskin (@barbarajmeskin) November 10, 2016
— Haleigh Heart (@haleighj11) November 20, 2016
One six-year-old supposedly wrote, “Dear Mr. Trump, Kids in my class are very scared. Please don’t kick them out. In my school we get sent to the wall when we’re in trouble. My friends did not do anything wrong. Don’t send them to the wall. Love, Abby.”
Another, “Dear Mr. Trump I won an award at school for kindness and respect. I think you should be kind and do not!! build a wall between Mexico and America. Because we have friends there. Please be kind. Sincerely Henry.”
Molly Spence Sahebjami, who came up with the idea and started the Facebook group, says that where she lives, the kids only knew Donald Trump as “the mean one” and that her five year old son was concerned about what Trump has said about Muslims. She told the Washington Post that she wanted to make the election a “teachable moment” and that she hopes the letters resonate with Trump because of his own 10-year-old, Barron.
It was, of course, only a matter of time before Trump supporters, hearing about the project, also roped their children into writing letters to Trump — but with an entirely different tenor.
— WrongSideOfHistory (@flatwaterfriend) November 18, 2016