Jennifer Lawrence, Leslie Knope from ‘Parks and Recreation’ and More Write Letters About Donald Trump’s Presidency

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They say the pen is mightier than the sword. So naturally, Hollywood is taking pen to paper and writing letters about Donald Trump, a man who has been accused of sexual misconduct and openly condoned violent and racist behavior, becoming the 45th President of the United States.

In an essay for Broadly, Jennifer Lawrence encourages readers to “think strongly and clearly about what to do next,” “have hope,” and “work for the future” under the current circumstances.

“We shouldn’t blame anyone, we shouldn’t riot in the streets,” she pens. “If you’re worried about the health of our planet, find out everything you can about how to protect it. If you’re worried about racial violence love your neighbor more than you’ve ever tried to before—no matter what they believe or who they voted for.”

“If you’re a woman and you’re worried that no matter how hard you work or how much you learn, there will always be a glass ceiling, then I don’t really know what to say,” she continues. “We’re all allowed to be sad that the present isn’t what we thought it was. But we mustn’t be defeated. We will keep educating ourselves and working twice as hard as the man next to us because we know now that it is not fair. It is not fair in the workplace, so you make it impossible to fail.”

She concludes, “Do not let this defeat you—let this enrage you! Let it motivate you! Let this be the fire you didn’t have before.”

Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin also echoes these sentiments in a letter written to his 15-year-old daughter and her mother, Julia. Published by Vanity Fair, the lengthy piece details how “truly horrible” it feels to be raising the next generation in a country whose future president is an “incompetent pig with dangerous ideas, a serious psychiatric disorder, no knowledge of the world and no curiosity to learn has.”

“The Trumpsters want to see people like us (Jewish, ‘coastal elites,’ educated, socially progressive, Hollywood…) sobbing and wailing and talking about moving to Canada. I won’t give them that and neither will you. Here’s what we’ll do … we’ll fucking fight.” the Steve Jobs scribe writes. “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.”

“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 adds. “And three years from now we’ll fight like hell for our candidate and we’ll win and they’ll lose and this time they’ll lose for good.”

Even fictional characters are addressing the Trump presidency through prose. Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation, who faced many prejudices as one of the few women working in government on the show, has also expressed her thoughts about the recent 2016 presidential results. As someone whose worked her way to the top of the government branch (it was implied that she became POTUS in the NBC series’ finale), Knope stresses the importance to keep fighting because she refuses to believe that Americans “have thrown up our hands and succumbed to racism, xenophobia, misogyny, and crypto-fascism.”

“On behalf of the grown-ups of America who care about you and your futures, I am awfully sorry about how miserably we screwed this up,” she writes in a letter shared on Vox, addressing the younger generations of girls. “Our president-elect is everything you should abhor and fear in a male role model. He has spent his life telling you, and girls and women like you, that your lives are valueless except as sexual objects.”

“[Trump] is the present, sadly, but he is not the future. You are the future. Your strength is a million times his. Your power is a billion times his,” she concludes. “We will acknowledge this result, but we will not accept it. We will overcome it, and we will defeat it.”