Hank: (panicked) Mama!
Me: Yes? What? Is everything okay?
Hank: No, everything is not okay. Do you know about Donald Trump?
Me: What about Donald Trump?
Hank: He might be president of America.
Me: This is a possibility.
Hank: He is a very bad man.
Me: How so?
Hank: I watched on YouTube. He called women that he doesn’t like dirty pigs. (mouth agape with shock and horror) That is not okay.
Me: I completely agree.
Hank: Mama, you vote in America, right?
Me: I do, indeed.
Hank: Who did you vote for?
Me: That is a very private question. In America it is considered rude by a lot of people to talk about religion or politics, but in Portugal it is the opposite and since you are my son and elections, voting and politics are very important to me I will tell you.
Hank: Please, tell me you didn’t vote for Donald Trump.
Me: I vote for the democratic party. Currently, The United States is having a primary election to pick who will run in the general elections for the US government in November 2016. The Republican Party, a party I do not support, has already picked their candidate, Donald Trump.
Hank: HOW COULD ANYTHING THINK HE SHOULD BE PRESIDENT? He doesn’t like women who he doesn’t like, like who he doesn’t think is pretty. THAT IS CRAZY. People come in all shapes and sizes and all PEOPLE are beautiful unless they have ugly, broken hearts. Donald Trump has an ugly, broken heart.
Me: Agreed. He should run under the Ugly, Broken Heart Party and not the Republican Party. During his first speech announcing that he was running for president he said things so offensive I gasped the kind of gasp you only make when a kitten runs into traffic.
Hank: I know that gasp.
Me: Donald Trump says things out of ignorance, privilege and the fear of losing that privilege. He doesn’t live in the real world and therefore doesn’t participate in it. He will not make a good president and only further distance American from the rest of the world. America needs a president that will maintain it’s current laws and place in the world, not regress it by 60 years.
Hank: Who did you vote for, mama?
Me: I voted for Bernie Sanders because he will do his best to evolve some parts of America more like Europe and the rest of the world in terms of taxation, education and healthcare and I feel that so many Americans could have a better quality of life if they adopt and transition to the systems we have here. In the democratic primary there are still two options, because not all the votes have been counted. If Bernie Sanders doesn’t get the nomination then I will vote for Hillary Clinton, who was the former Secretary of State because I know she will preserve the current state of American civil liberties and she has long standing diplomatic relations with the rest of the world which is something we cannot say of Donald Trump.
Hank: Donald Trump will hurt people’s feelings.
Me: He would, he will and he has. The president of the United States affects the whole world not just America and hate speech should not be tolerated by anyone and most importantly by the President of the United States of America.
Hank: I just can’t believe some people don’t see that Donald Trump’s heart is sick.
Me: Honey, there are large amounts of people with broken hearts that have never healed. It is easier to stay ill, ignorant and full of hate than it is to realize you are equal to everyone else on the planet. Every single person in the world knows something you don’t know and you know something they do not. Therefore, you are never superior to anyone and no one is superior in intelligence, wealth, social class or residence to you. We are all equal BUT not everyone in the world wants to believe that. It is too frightening for them.
Hank: If I met Donald Trump I would be respectful, but I would tell him that my mother and sister are beautiful and that I would like to help him change his mind about that.
Me: I could not be more proud of you than I am right now, Henrique José Hanford Pereira.
Hank: Will you tell me who wins the election?
Me: Hank, the whole world will know, you will not be left in the dark, but I will keep you posted.
Hank: Thank you for voting for the better option, mama.
Me: Thank you for caring about the state of the world, Hank.
Hank: (tossing his arms in the air in surrender) I have to live here. (walking away) There is no where else for me to live.
Me: (deep cleaning breath) Truth.