Shares Love Trumps Hate rally experience

Letter-to-the-EditorNEWTo the Editor:

As I watch the most combative and nasty Presidential election in memory, I feel compelled to share my experience at the “Love Trumps Hate” rally held in protest to Trump’s appearance at Sacred Heart University last month. Despite being one of the “dog days” of summer, more than 100 people demonstrated their solidarity in the belief that America is a country of optimism and hope.

Asked to express their concerns with Trump, speaker after speaker spoke about how Americans are so much better than the hateful, bigoted and negative rhetoric the Republican nominee espouses. Speakers included a teacher who compared Trump’s behavior to that of a bully — and said his actions would never be accepted in her classroom. A teenager said he couldn’t stand idly by watching Trump spew his venom, and a young woman who said she has never spoken publicly summoned up the courage to say that as women we need to be empowered to protect our rights. A veteran expressed alarm over Trump’s lack of military knowledge or understanding of what it means to serve in combat.

Above all, the rally was filled with positive messages of being kind and compassionate and working together to solve problems; these messages stood in stark contrast to Trump’s message of misogyny, racism, and divisiveness. And while our rally was calm and civil, I wish I could say the same about many of the Trump supporters. As they passed us by on their way into the auditorium to see Trump speak, many could not contain themselves and screamed at us, chanting messages of hate. Although we did not respond, it was so sad to witness what Donald Trump has created. Again, we as a country are better than this and we deserve so much better than a Donald Trump!

Laura Karson


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