Melania Trump, thank you for the invitation, but no thanks

Yesterday, I received a letter from First Lady Melania Trump and the Republican National Committee asking for donations for her husband’s campaign. The letter espoused all of the good things which have occurred under the president and all the bad that would happen should he not win in 2020. Since a pre-addressed envelope was enclosed, I sent the following letter.

August 14, 2019

Republican National Committee
c/o Melania Trump
PO Box 96994
Washington, DC 20090-6994

Dear Ms. Trump,

Thank you for your service to your country. I received your invitation to support your husband’s campaign for 2020 and I must respectfully decline. As an Independent and former Republican voter, I must confess I see your husband’s presidency differently from what you noted in the letter.

While I am pleased the economic growth that was almost eight years strong has continued under his presidency, we are at least dialoguing with North Korea and a bipartisan law was passed to push prison and sentencing reform, I am concerned with several other policy positions and his overall behavior as president.

On the policy side, I am very concerned with the our building debt and the US decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Change Accord as well as unwinding several regulations that make it easier for companies to degrade our environment. I am also concerned with treating our allies and trading partners so poorly. We are retrenching from our leadership position and we are less trusted by other world leaders. That is unfortunate as we are diminishing a major strength of our country. We cannot shrink to greatness.

On the behavior side, it is frustrating that our president consistently dishonors the office he holds. Our president must be one of our better angels, not our worst. We need our president to be truthful and not denigrate and bully people who disagree with his positions. And, we must not have our president spouting racist and xenophobic comments. Country leaders from Sweden, UK, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, New Zealand , eg condemned his recent remarks.

Please encourage your husband to become the leader we need him to be. Right now, he is just a person occupying a leadership position. We need more from him than that. If he is not prepared to make such changes, I would ask the Republican Party to find a replacement candidate. I am concerned for our democracy and our planet. It frightens me to have to say these words.

Please forgive my candor. You are the best thing he has going for him, so maybe you can encourage some change. Thank you again for your service and doing your best to bring honor to the First Lady role.

Keith Wilson
Charlotte, Independent Voter

 

17 thoughts on “Melania Trump, thank you for the invitation, but no thanks

  1. “…he is just a person occupying a leadership position.” This is one of the best definitions, Keith. Your letter is great. It is respectful but nails all points.

  2. A brilliant response Keith.
    You have assailed the fellow with dignity and civility, displaying a true gentleman’s approach to lady.
    If you were on anyone’s political team the opposition would not stand a chance.

  3. Note to Readers: I don’t know if this is the best address, as it was on the envelope, but I encourage folks to send their own thoughts via letter or email. Contacting Senators helps, but be mindful an email will generate a prewritten response based on the subject matter. So, I call as well.

  4. A standing ovation, or as Benjamin would say : “Two thumbs up and a Gold Star!” Your courtesy and restraint are admirable. I must suppose that my invitation was lost in the mail! Thank-you!

    • Ellen, many thanks. I wish it were read by her and others. I find with one of my relatives, his “everyone hates me” schtick is believed, so real concerns can be ignored. Keith

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