Aaron Sorkin wrote a moving letter to his teenage daughter and her mother, Julia Sorkin, on Wednesday after Donald Trump won the presidential election.
In the letter, addressed to “Sorkin Girls” and published on Vanity Fair, the creator of The West Wing and The Newsroom wrote that he felt powerless as he watched Trump defeat Hillary Clinton, and that his daughter’s tears spurred him to action.
“Well the world changed late last night in a way I couldn’t protect us from. That’s a terrible feeling for a father. I won’t sugarcoat it — this is truly horrible,” Sorkin wrote. “It’s hardly the first time my candidate didn’t win (in fact it’s the sixth time) but it is the first time that a thoroughly incompetent pig with dangerous ideas, a serious psychiatric disorder, no knowledge of the world and no curiosity to learn has.”
The Oscar-winning scribe also called on readers to “get out of bed” and take action: “We’ll f—ing 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 wrote. “We get involved. We do what we can to fight injustice anywhere we see it—whether it’s writing a check or rolling up our sleeves. Our family is fairly insulated from the effects of a Trump presidency so we fight for the families that aren’t.”
Sorkin also expressed hope for the country’s future. “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,” he wrote.
He ended with a poignant promise to his daughter: “Grandpa fought in World War II and when he came home this country handed him an opportunity to make a great life for his family. I will not hand his granddaughter a country shaped by hateful and stupid men. Your tears last night woke me up, and I’ll never go to sleep on you again.”
Read Sorkin’s full letter at Vanity Fair.