Famed screenwriter, producer, and playwright Aaron Sorkin has written a letter to his teenaged daughter Roxy and wife Julia and it has gone viral. You can pretty much guess what the letter was all about — Donald John Trump's victory march to the White House.
Addressed to "Sorkin Girls," the letter starts with West Wing creator saying that the "world changed late last night in a way I couldn’t protect us from." In the letter, which is passionately penned and was published by Vanity Fair, Sorkin expresses how he felt powerless as Trump defeated Hillary Clinton on Wednesday.
"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."
Sorkin did not 'sugarcoat' anything in this strongly-worded letter and he added that with Trump's win hate was given hope. Sorkin goes on to tell "Sorkin Girls" that it is time to fight and "…we’ll fucking fight. (Roxy, there’s a time for this kind of language and it’s now.) We’re not powerless and we’re not voiceless."
He went on to call Trump a "thoroughly incompetent pig with dangerous ideas, a serious psychiatric disorder, no knowledge of the world and no curiosity to learn has." Sorkin ended the letter with a promise to his daughter that “the battle isn’t over.”
Readers should keep in mind that Sorkin is the creator and writer of Newsroom, a political drama series which revolves around a bunch of journalists. The series' opening episode has a scene with the protagonist Will McAvoy, played by Jeff Daniels telling a gathering and panelists how America is not the greatest country in the world.
"There is absolutely no evidence to support the statement that we're the greatest country in the world. We're seventh in literacy, twenty-seventh in math, twenty-second in science, forty-ninth in life expectancy, 178th in infant mortality, third in median household income, number four in labor force, and number four in exports. We lead the world in only three categories: number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real, and defense spending, where we spend more than the next twenty-six countries combined, twenty-five of whom are allies. None of this is the fault of a 20-year-old college student, but you, nonetheless, are without a doubt a member of the WORST-period-GENERATION-period-EVER-period, so when you ask what makes us the greatest country in the world, I don't know what the fuck you're talking about!"
Watch the scene here
Sorkin has been criticised often for the idealistic stands he takes in his show.