Time has come for me to acknowledge and apologize for the role I played in spreading dangerous ideas throughout my historical campaign. It was a great campaign. The best. And the people who worked on the campaign are great people. Nevertheless, in the process of winning the election, I used irresponsible rhetoric and questionable methods to stoke my supporters and gain political momentum with the media and voters alike. Ultimately, I took part in fanning the flames of some dangerous ideas. It is time to clarify some of my past statements so as to move toward being a president for ALL Americans.
I do not believe that Mexicans are rapists and I do not believe that all or even most immigrants are criminals. My past statements on these issues have been poorly worded, and at times, intentionally incendiary. If my statements have been used as fuel to support violence or ill-will towards immigrants or Mexican-Americans, I sincerely apologize. I condemn such actions. I do believe that we as a nation need better border security. I believe in building a wall. I believe that we can do better at keeping dangerous people from entering our country.
Really, I am the least racist person you know. I love the Hispanics just as I love the blacks and all other races. I have many African-American friends who agree with me on all sorts of issues. Now, I’ve said some things that were taken out of context and seemed to be insensitive or insulting to certain groups of people. But, I want to make this clear. I do not judge people by the color of their skin. Like the great Dr. King, I only judge people by the content of their character. And we have a lot of bad people in this country. I want to stop them. I can’t help it if those bad people are black sometimes. And there are bad guys trying to get into the country and we need to stop them too. Some of them are Muslim, some are Mexican, and some, I assume, are white, but we have to stop them all.
I like women. I do. I really like them and they like me, I’m telling you. Despite me saying this many times, not everyone believes me. I realize now that my past statements about women and conduct towards women has been, at times, less than that of a gentleman. I want to be a president for women. As I have done already, I apologize for my comments about women. I said some foolish things. I do not view women as objects or as property. I will work in the future to treat all people with the basic human respect they deserve regardless of their sex or gender. I will only grab women by the hands moving forward. And only during handshakes.
Finally, I want to apologize for the slew of provocative and confrontational language I have used in discussing the media, journalists, scientists, war veterans, prisoners of war, the Chinese, the disabled, my fellow presidential candidates, and the Clintons. Yes, even the Clintons. My path to the presidency has been a controversial one. My historical campaign has come to an end and now I must represent all of America, including all of those standing on the other sides of the bridges I burned. Here I am, apologizing, reaching out to begin rebuilding those bridges.
Politics get messy at times. It is time to clean it up. Together, we can drain the swamp. Together we can make America great again.
Yours in Freedom,
President-Elect Donald J. Trump
*Author’s note. As I’m sure you are simply too busy to compose your own letter of apology to the American people, Mr. Trump, I have taken the liberty of drafting one myself. I made my best attempts to keep the sentiment and phraseology in line with your own voice and style. Please make revisions as you see fit, sign, and return prior to January 20th.