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I thought explaining Brexit to my kids was bad. Explaining Trump is worse

November 9, 2016
in Kids

How do you explain this? (Reuters/Mike Segar) London The night before the Brexit referendum, I went to bed having told my children that Brexit might happen, but it probably wouldn’t. I woke up at 2am to to discover that the racist, anti-immigration, protest vote had won and Britain was leaving the EU. Last night, when I kissed my half-British, half-American girls goodnight, I said that they might wake up the next morning with the first woman president in the US’s history. “That’s so silly mom,” my six-year-old said. “Why haven’t they had a woman?” I agreed. “So silly.” Now my kids want to know why Trump, who they know has denigrated women, Muslims, Mexicans, disabled people, the media, democracy, and anyone who dared challenge him, has won the US presidency. Van Jones, the US political commentator and activist, summarized beautifully and tragically what it is to be a parent this morning. “It is hard to be a parent tonight for a lot of us. You tell your kids ‘don’t be a bully’. You tell your kids ‘don’t be a bigot’. You tell your kids ‘do your homework, be prepared.” And then you have this outcome and you have people putting children to bed tonight and they are afraid of breakfast. They are afraid of how to explain this.” Here’s the answer: tell them what happened with honesty and empathy. Tell them that America is a country that is so divided that a man who stands for things we in our family deplore—racism, crass sexism, and petty score-settling—won. Many Americans feel that the economy and the political system are against them. So they supported...

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