Aaron Sorkin, whose rapid-fire dialogue has defined such politically charged works as “The West Wing,” “A Few Good Men” and “The Newsroom,” has written a letter to his daughter about Donald Trump. Vanity Fair published the note, in which the screenwriter tells his 15-year-old daughter that “I won’t sugarcoat it — this is truly horrible” before attempting to strike a more hopeful tone.
As anyone familiar with his work and his politics could have guessed, Sorkin is no fan of the President-elect. He refers to Trump as “a thoroughly incompetent pig with dangerous ideas, a serious psychiatric disorder, no knowledge of the world and no curiosity to learn” whose supporters — the Ku Klux Klan, white nationalists, “sexists, racists and buffoons” — are no better. “We’ve embarrassed ourselves in front of our children and the world,” Sorkin bemoans.
Still, all hope isn’t lost, he argues, as adversity has historically brought out the best in our country. “America didn’t stop being America last night and we didn’t stop being Americans and here’s the thing about Americans: Our darkest days have always — always — been followed by our finest hours.” Read the full letter here.