'Look at how petty the morals you uphold seem when you realize we are not the only ones'
Lauren Jauregui of the pop quintet Fifth Harmony penned an open letter to Donald Trump supporters, calling them out for adversely affecting the nation with their vote and ignoring a wide swath of the nation.
Jauregui, 20, took to Billboard for the lengthy post that is equal parts deliberate and cutting.
“To every single Trump supporter trying to say that voting for Trump does not mean that you are racist, homophobic, sexist, xenophobic, assholes… that you just like the way he didn’t really care what people thought and just said whatever he wanted …” she began, “Your words are worthless, because your actions have led to the single-handed destruction of all the progress we’ve made socially as a nation. … You are HYPOCRITES.”
Before the election, Jauregui was passionate in trying to get new voters out to the polls and was an outspoken proponent of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
She continued: “You voted for a person who built an 18-month campaign off the back of your hatred. He manipulated ALL of you with such ease by speaking to the darker parts of you that had started to feel ashamed about the way you viewed the ‘politically correct’ world. He became your champion, because he spoke to the parts of you that think you are superior to the rest of us (just like Hitler did in Germany before the Holocaust! Just read his autobiography: Mein Kampf).”
The pop singer detailed her own experiences in touring with Fifth Harmony, becoming exposed to different parts of the world and meeting different people. Jauregui, a bisexual Cuban-American, also described her family’s immigration to America and hailed the evolution of “political correctness” to welcome more people and to empower women.
“It’s truly disheartening to me to see so many beautiful women who have no idea what their potential is. This election made it blatantly obvious just how many women can’t see it,” she wrote. “We have failed ourselves as a nation. We are the example for the world, and we have failed our fellow humans who were watching us with hope that we would not allow hatred to prevail.”
She ended her letter by recommending Trump supporters travel and read a history book, in addition to recognizing how hard it is for minorities in the U.S. “Look beyond yourselves, look at how petty the morals you uphold seem when you realize we are not the only ones,” she wrote. “We are not America indivisible any longer, we are united on two separate sides; Love and Hatred. We are not ‘whining’ about our presidential choice losing, we are screaming battle cries against those whose political and personal agendas threaten our lives and sanity.
“We are making sure you hear us,” she concluded, “no matter how much it bothers you, we EXIST.”
Her comments were lauded by some in Hollywood, including Tyler Oakley, Natalie Morales, and Questlove, who posted their support on Twitter. “That was a f%^**+g amazing read @LaurenJauregui,” The Roots’ bandleader lauded.
“@LaurenJauregui This was f—— great. Thank you,” Morales wrote. Added Oakley: “@billboard @LaurenJauregui always proud of you <3."
Read Jauregui’s full letter at Billboard.