Democratic State Committeeman
My heart continues to go out to everyone that has been impacted by this terrible outbreak. People are losing their lives, their loved ones, their financial security, and perhaps a long-lasting sense of stability. When I first spoke about the pandemic, I wrote, “Daily life has been transformed...” It has since occurred to me that some moments arrive with obvious change, but others’ impact is known only as time passes.
An example of obvious change is the duty each of us now has to wear a mask. To paraphrase Maya Angelou, our leaders tell us who they are by the choices they make. Joe Biden wears a mask; Donald Trump does not. When Trump was elected President in 2016, we knew it was bad. But only time has shown us just how bad it could be, and it will get even worse. Voters like you and me could not have foreseen a global outbreak, but it’s clear that the American people would have been better protected by any other President, Democrat or Republican. A recurring theme in Trump’s 2016 campaign was “What do you have to lose?”. He condescendingly posed this question primarily to African-Americans, but it’s one that the entire country, collectively, could not truly gauge. The answer, as we now know, is “a lot”, and if he wins in November, the follow up response is “…and so much more”. Last month, I called for mail-in voting nationwide. Now I’m adding to this a plea to every American: make sure you vote however you can. If you can vote by mail, safe and sound, do it. If you find yourself in a state that has already made voting harder or is threatening to do so, be proactive. Fight back. If Trump wins, based on what we know from an absolutely horrific first term, our Constitution will not be able to protect us. He’ll continue to reshape the Supreme Court. He’ll look out for big business over working Americans at a time when they need protection. He’ll use his office to enrich himself. He will almost certainly do something that we never thought possible of an American president, and most chillingly, we cannot even conceive what that will be right now. The American people are resilient. This is your election, so make sure no one takes it away from you. Stay safe and healthy. We will get through this together.