Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Poem About Donald Trump Actually Strikes A Hopeful Note
If 2016 has taught us anything, it's that years called "2016" really, really suck. (Thank god, there's only one.) And if 2016 has taught us a second thing, it's that Lin-Manuel Miranda is super inspirational. Even if you're not a fan of his play Hamilton, there's a good chance you've heard about the actor/director/writer's Twitter account, because it's super positive and just makes people feel better. And now, one of the worst parts of 2016 (the presidential election) has combined with one of the best parts (Miranda's contagious optimism), because Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeted an election poem and, while it's partially a big ol' bummer, it's still hopeful.
Amongst other election night tweets, Miranda wrote,
This year, I'm trying to wrap my head around both outcomes. Scared as y'all. But we'll get through it. Grateful for friends. For you.
Like many Americans, Miranda is coming to terms with the fact that this election is close — much closer than was expected. Regardless of which side you're on, I'd imagine that's at least somewhat of a surprise right now. At a time like this, all you can really do is tell yourself "I'll be OK," "My friends and family will be OK," "We can make it through anything."
An election like this really puts things in perspective. Even if for months you felt sure about how things would end up, or focused on statistics and soundbites, now is the time to think about what you do have — things like your well-being and your loved ones. It sounds dramatic, but this is a dramatic thing. It might be sad to think about on the one hand, but there's still room for hope. Miranda did a great job at getting that idea across, that so many people no doubt feel.