I thought you should know the first thought I had when you tweeted about your kids’ reaction to Kathy Griffin’s picture holding your (fake) severed head. I was disgusted. But not by what she did. I was disgusted by you. Over the day, I became even more disgusted by you. And as a citizen of this country, you need to know that.
This morning, I woke up to learn that at least 80 innocent men, women, and children were slaughtered, and hundreds more injured in Afghanistan.
Did you worry at all about what your kids would think when you spouted off about grabbing women by the p*ssy? Every time you denigrated or objectified a woman? Every time you bullied or insulted someone. Every time you incited hate and violence. Your kids were often there to see it. That wasn’t sick?
Your hateful rhetoric is affecting all our kids. I have three of my own. The oldest is almost ten. What about them? My kids worry that they will be attacked for being Jewish. I never mentioned it or talked about it at home; they picked it up from other kids with the same worry at their school. Is that what kids should be talking about at school? But I have it easy. We are white and middle class.
What about the children who get harassed and attacked as the result of your anti-muslim rhetoric and policies? The Latino kids who get called rapists. The Muslim kids who are called terrorists. What does it say to the children in this country that it took you over a year to denounce all the violence that you helped spawn?
What about the kids who go to bed every night terrified that their mommy and daddy won’t be there the next morning, because of your anti-immigration policies?
So I’m glad your kids are having a hard time dealing with Kathy Griffin’s tweet.
You’ve acted atrociously for years. And you’ve never shown one inkling of remorse for the collateral damage. But then one person puts out a tasteless image, and suddenly your shocked and your kids are hurting? Good. You should spend some more time experiencing what its like to be on the receiving end.
And you know what else? Kathy Griffin apologized. I’ve never heard an honest apology from you. A lot of rationalizations and excuses and blame and attacking, but never an honest, humble apology. So after a lifetime of stepping all over others, you want pity because you got the shoe? No way.
A little empathy would do you a world of good. Especially considering that you are the so-called leader of the free world. Which means the choices you make effect your kids as well as ours.