Dear Mr. President – April 18, 2020

Dear Mr. President,

Shabbat Shalom, another week has gone by but today, despite it being Shabbat, a day of rest and comfort, I am sad and anxious. I am usually a cheerful, positive person with feelings of kindness and respect for others, but, I am now experiencing negative feelings about some people. I think you could help.

Over the past two days we have seen videos, read articles and heard from you about protests in state capitols around the country, including here in Michigan. We have the President’s 30 Day Guide to Slowing the Spread. We have your words on following the Guidelines. We have Dr. F and Dr. B thanking us (the American People) and, VP Pence talking about us, The American People (10 times in less than 10 minutes) helping out. It’s not as many times as he thanks you, Mr. President (14 times in as many minutes), but clearly we, the American People, are doing our best.

But, now the big news is that Right Wing Protestors are finding a megaphone in your tweets and spoken words! You want some followers to LIBERATE MICHIGAN, LIBERATE MINNESOTA, LIBERATE VIRGINIA? That sounds pretty serious and quite scary. The pictures from Michigan include folks with semi automatic weapons and Trump signs with Nazi symbols, and scary Halloween masks. Are you calling for some kind of violent overthrow of the democratically elected state governments? If so, DON,T!!!! That is NOT GOOD! VERY BAD!

I am also very confused. A few days ago you spoke elegant words (written by someone, probably not Stephen Miller) about unity and hope and blah blah blah. What happened? You spoke about how great the governors are and how well you are getting along with them and you will help them (from afar) but they know their states and counties, etc. etc. And now, you are calling for an overthrow of their administrations? Seriously? Remember that I suggested you sleep on your thoughts at least overnight before you say or write them.

Have a good day sir. And, remind Ivanka and Jarod that we are still maintaining social distancing and limiting travel. Did you know they flew to your golf course, Bedminster, in New Jersey for their Pesach seder? The rest of us were on Zoom with family and friends. I hope that all the workers at Bedminster had their temperatures taken, were tested for the virus and washed their hands. I also hope that Ivanka and Jarod did that too so as not to infect them.

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