In all of the messiness of an election this contentious, it's sometimes difficult to remember that an end to the political craziness — Nov. 8 — is in sight. With Donald Trump constantly taking over conversations with whatever new outrageous comment comes out of his mouth, taking a step back to consider the stakes of the election is necessary. Most importantly, the next president will have influence over the next generation of children, and who we elect will show them where our priorities truly are. The Kids Against Trump coalition is a sobering reminder that in this election, we're fighting against misogyny, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric. And that's something we absolutely cannot afford to pass down to the next generation.
According to The Atlantic, Kids Against Trump was started by a few elementary students in Boston and they have a Change.org petition that currently has 471 signatures of support. The co-founders told The Atlantic that they started the coalition in response to Trump's derogatory, offensive comments. "If I talked like Donald Trump, I'd get sent to the principle's office immediately," explained co-founder Alexis Fridman. Fridman and another then-third grader, Micha St. George, started a petition at recess and gathered 60 signatures from their classmates before the campaign took off this summer.
A new video by the group shows kids talking about why they don't think Trump is fit to be president.
In the video, the kids highlight hurtful things Trump has said about women, minorities, those with disabilities, and more. It's likely that they're echoing their parents' own thoughts on Trump, but it's definitely a powerful message coming from such young citizens. It drives home the point that the groups of people Trump offends are individuals with feelings too, and don't ever deserve that kind of treatment.
Though the concept of children talking about Trump's offenses is perhaps cute at face value, the worries expressed by the kids are very real and something that should be taken incredibly seriously. When one African-American boy calmly says to the camera, "What Donald Trump thinks about black people is that they're not good enough. But that's not true. We're just as good as anybody else," it's heartbreaking to think that kids have to listen to Trump's hateful rhetoric. And they're probably being more affected by them than anybody else.
Some people have recently reached a breaking point due to this election's harmful messages, and in some cases parents aren't allowing their kids to watch the debate. For the sake of the next generation, Trump must be held accountable for his damaging words and actions, and these kids are ready to make sure that happens in one of the most powerful ways yet.