“Someone’s daughter is out there right now who will one day have that title.”
Our country filled with somber citizens after hearing the news of Donald Trump becoming our new President-elect. Late night television hosts came on to discuss how they felt about the news. Perhaps the most raw of them all was Late Night host, Seth Meyers.
Meyers fully opened about what this meant to him personally. As a father he said, ‘I do really feel for the parents who had to explain this to their kids this morning. Especially parents with daughters because a lot of them like me probably thought Hillary would be our first woman president.’
He explained that while he was disappointed with the results, there’s still a light at the end of this long dark tunnel we’ve had to endure throughout this election. This light is that while Hillary didn’t win, this does mean that, ‘someone’s daughter is out there right now who will one day have that title.’ The crowd immediately cheered, as they should, and suddenly the weight of our somber was lightened.
‘Maybe you’re a woman who is currently a senator. Maybe you’re still in college’ said Meyers, ‘Hopefully, you’re not a toddler but who knows with the way things went last night, who knows?’ Meyers became teary eyed as he began to say, ‘I imagine this moment today will be a defining one for you. One that will make you work harder and strive farther and whoever you are, I hope I live to see your inauguration, and I hope my mom does too.’
He goes on to congratulate Trump supporters and state that although he felt a slew of emotions that night, ‘it would be wrong to think [his] emotions were more authentic than their emotions.’ Continuing on the subject of his emotions, he went on to say, ‘As a white man I also know that any emotions I’m feeling are likely a fraction of those being felt by the LGBTQ community, African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, Muslim-Americans, any number of the immigrant communities so vital to our country. So hopefully the trump administration and trump supporters will be compassionate to them’.
There were so many great moments throughout his remarks. We can all agree that the nation has never seemed more divided. As someone with a voice in media Meyers seemed to try and make that reality fall away. He was honest about where we stand, provided small doses of laughter that we all needed, and kept it real the entire time.
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