Email #50, Subject: “unite around our new Commander in Chief”?

You wrote the Monday after the inauguration: “While we all have our differences, we are one nation, and now is the time to unite around our new Commander in Chief.” While I agree with the sentiment, on that same Monday President Trump reiterated his claim that he only lost the popular vote because millions voted illegally. I have asked you already to either substantiate or refute this claim, but you have done neither. All news sources, including Fox News, consider it false. The President repeated his claim during a bipartisan meeting with members of Congress, undermining any chance of uniting the two parties. The President in fact seems to oppose unification. On the first day of January, he tweeted: “Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don’t know what to do. Love!” How can we “unite around our new Commander in Chief” when he mocks those of us who voted against him? He also said in his inauguration speech that “the time for empty talk is over.” If your call to “unite” is more than empty talk, what steps are you taking to actually promote it?

Chris Gavaler


Author: Chris Gavaler

Chris Gavaler is an assistant professor of English at Washington and Lee University where he teaches creative writing, contemporary fiction, and comics. He has published two novels, Pretend I'm Not Here (HarperCollins 2002) and School For Tricksters (Southern Methodist University 2011), and two nonfictions, On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa University 2015) and Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury forthcoming 2017).

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