[…] everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

I am so sorry.

To my friends here in the US, I’m sorry there weren’t enough of us to turn the tide last night. To my friends outside the US, I’m sorry America didn’t do better last night.

I’m sorry we didn’t take a stand against racism and sexism, against homophobia and Islamophobia, against anti-Semitism and ridicule of the disabled.

I’m sorry we didn’t take a stand against sexual assault.

I’m sorry we didn’t take a stand against bullying and narcissism and mean-spiritedness and ignorance and intolerance and hate.

I’m sorry we didn’t take a stand against the vilification those who don’t agree with us and the dealing in conspiracy theories and outright lies.

I’m sorry we didn’t take a stand against nationalism and exclusion and division.

I’m sorry we didn’t take a stand for treating each other with compassion and respect and thoughtfulness and care.

I proud that nearly 60 million of my fellow Americans did stand against those things. A slender majority of the popular vote. However, I’m sorry--so deeply sorry—that nearly 60 million of my countrymen did not and that their voices overruled ours.

Today at work, we gathered in small groups to share our pain, our sorrow, our disillusionment. We were bound together by those feelings. Like mourners at a funeral, we needed to talk through our grief and loss. Those conversations will continue for a long time.

Because you see, one other thing we shared was the unshakable conviction we didn’t want this man who embodied the worst in us to represent what should be the best about us. To inhabit the house and the office that is the symbol of our country.

I’m tired. And I’m sad. And I'm soulsick. And I’m discouraged to my core.

And I’m very, very sorry.


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