It turns out we weren’t wrong to worry. These years have been some of the most difficult we’ve gone through as a country – filled with unbearable pain, cruelty, suffering, and loss. At times, it would’ve been easy, maybe even understandable, to tune out the shitshow entirely and decide that what was broken about politics just couldn’t be fixed.
At least, that’s what Donald Trump was counting on.
But that’s not what happened.
What happened was that people poured into airports to protest the Muslim ban. Women marched in the streets with their daughters and sons. Crowds rushed to the border to show the world that immigrant children were being ripped from the arms of their parents. Organizers filled the halls of Congress to protect millions from losing their health care. Students launched a movement to save their friends from gun violence, and another to save the planet from climate change. Black and brown and white Americans of all ages took part in the largest demonstrations this country has ever seen to battle the forces of racism and injustice.
Some of you who’ve stepped up in the last few years have been in this fight for a long time. But for a lot of you, it was the first time. The first time you ever called Congress. The first time you knocked on doors. The first time you ever donated to a candidate, made calls, sent texts. The first time you joined a campaign, or even ran for office yourself.
The power of all this activism has been obvious long before today. You saved the Affordable Care Act. You helped win special elections and off-year elections and downballot elections in some of the reddest places in the country. You flipped the House in 2018 with record turnout, and helped send more women and people of color to a Congress that’s younger than ever before.
You all may have supported different candidates in the 2020 primary, but when it was over you rallied around Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and Democratic candidates up and down the ticket for the fight of our lives. Through Vote Save America alone, more than 300,000 signed up to volunteer in a battleground state. You raised over $44 million for candidates and causes, registered 270,000 voters, made over 11 million calls and sent over 10 million texts.
You didn’t just do this for yourself. You did it for a family member who might be sick, or a friend who might be worried about deportation. You did it for millions of people you haven’t even met. You did it because you believed that despite everything that’s bad and broken about our country, we could still beat back the greatest threat to America in our lifetimes.
In the end, it wasn’t close. Donald Trump lost. We won. Joe Biden will be our next President, Kamala Harris will be our next Vice President, and democracy lives to fight another day.
SOMETHING ABOUT HOW MUCH WORK WE HAVE LEFT TO DO. DIDN’T WIN EVERYTHING. LOTS OF BIG BATTLES TO COME (COULD LIST SOME ISSUES, COULD TALK ABOUT GA SENATE RACE) AND WE’VE LEARNED BY NOW THAT IF WE’RE NOT WILLING TO FIGHT THEM EVERY DAY, WE COULD FIND OURSELVES IN TROUBLE AGAIN.
BUT FOR NOW, TAKE A BREATH. TAKE A NAP. GET SOME FRESH AIR. BE PROUD OF WHAT YOU DID, CELEBRATE WHAT WE ACCOMPLISHED TOGETHER, AND REMEMBER ALWAYS THAT A BETTER WORLD IS POSSIBLE.