‘Parks and Rec’ Character Leslie Knope Writes Open Letter About Trump: ‘He Is Not the Future’

“I do not accept that our country has descended into the hatred-swirled slop pile that he lives in,” sitcom character says

Last Updated: November 10, 2016 @ 1:51 PM

Pawnee, Indiana politician Leslie Knope has written a letter to the American people about her feelings on Donald Trump winning the 2016 presidential election.

OK, it’s not actually Knope, given that she’s a fictional “Parks and Recreation” character and all, but a member of the show’s former writing staff did pen the piece for Yahoo under the guise of the character played by Amy Poehler on the NBC sitcom.

The letter includes an appeal to the young women all across America who have been disgusted by Trump’s conduct both before and during his campaign.

“He is the present, sadly, but he is not the future,” the letter reads. “You are the future. Your strength is a million times his. Your power is a billion times his. We will acknowledge this result, but we will not accept it. We will overcome it, and we will defeat it.”

Knope also says that she has gone through the five stages of grief regarding Trump’s win, all the way up to acceptance.

“I do not accept it,” she says. “I acknowledge that Donald Trump is the President. I understand, intellectually, that he won the election. But I do not accept that our country has descended into the hatred-swirled slop pile that he lives in. I reject out of hand the notion that we have thrown up our hands and succumbed to racism, xenophobia, misogyny, and crypto-fascism. I do not accept that. I reject that. I fight that.”