This is not the result we wanted. I know that many of you are mourning today, trying your best to make sense of this outcome, one that we fought so hard to ensure would never become a reality. For many of you, it feels like a deep and personal loss. I know, because I share in your grief.
As I traverse across the United States from New York to Los Angeles today on my journey back home, I am heartened by the hundreds of messages I have received from all of you, people who worked so hard and invested so much into this campaign and have taken time to stop in the midst of your own grief to reach out to others and provide them solace, a hug, words of encouragement.
I know this is not easy and that it is deeply painful. Hillary’s speech today was at once tragic and also awe-inspiring. She exemplifies the class, dignity, and respect we have come to know and love in her, and that the rest of the world may have been slow to understand.
I want to reach out to you all for three reasons:
1) To let you know that it will be okay. I am so sorry that we were not able to accomplish this goal. For all of you who had been following us with hope in your eyes, I feel an almost personal sense of responsibility and guilt. In the end, I felt we needed to deliver this victory for all of you. It is easy to spell out doomsday and start going down the rabbit hole of worrying about what this means. And the truth is, what it means for us is yet to be seen. But we are AMERICANS. And this organization is a perfect example of what we can be. We can be a united voice, who stands up to and fights FOR what we believe in. Just because Hillary did not win this election does not mean we cannot continue to be that force. In fact– for me…For Hillary– I am asking you to stay strong and continue to be that force. Let us not let her message and her candidacy and all that it meant to us die in vain. Let us carry on the torch now, continuing to fight for the principals she fought for and the America we desire. Let us do it in her name. I personally vow to you that one day, when our impact is written, we shall dedicate it in some part to Hillary Rodham Clinton, the most inspiring and accomplished woman in American history.
2) Bros4Hillary is NOT going away. In the coming days, our Executive Board will make some decisions about how to move forward and in what shape we will continue. Till then, we are HERE for you to support you, help you make sense of your feelings, and to give you that hug that we know you all need. Please join us at Facebook Groups – Bros4Hillary for your very own support group.
3) I want to thank you. Thank you to our 33,000 members and followers across our various platforms. Some of you I will never personally know, or even know your names. I wish I could, but I am humbled that you rallied around this effort. We started as a little Facebook group that could in January of 2016 and grew into an organization that was officially linked to the campaign, so much so that we were even invited to the election party in NYC last night. What an amazing accomplishment. Thank you for your heart and dedication. Thank you for your spirit and your hard work.
Particularly I want to thank Nelson Melegrito, the founder of Bros4Hillary. Without you, none of this was possible. We all owe him a debt of gratitude and respect. Matt Garrett, our Operations Director, thank you your hard work and for helping run this bad boy from the start. Thank you for giving me hope in humanity and going to bat for me against difficult odds and resistance because it was the right thing to do. I will ALWAYS be grateful to you for what you did and how you renewed my faith in people and justice. Daniel Fusselman, my writing and producing partner, and our Director of Social Media. You have been a friend, an ally, and an invaluable asset to our leadership team, who helped the group grow but also became a good friend. Thank you for everything. You are smart and wildly talented and going placed. Rance Collins, my partner and crime and BrosCast Live partner. We journeyed through this campaign together, shared each of the historic moments, cried in each others arms. You’ve got a lot of heart and are wildly smart and thank you for being along side me throughout this. Thomas McAbee, one of our founding members, you have been a support system and rock of this group since the beginning. Thank you.
To our team: our Call Team in the final days, our SMOT Leader Priscilla Wagner, our Political Researcher Katharine Rose who gave so much of herself to this, Paulina Trefault, Julia Davison, our amazing SMOT team ladies. Our many designers along the way including Jason Murray and Amanda Vinci, our SMOT team Reza Nouri and many others. To our Bros of the Week, and Facebook admins. These were all unpaid volunteers giving of themselves and who didn’t get much recognition all the time but who are honorable and deserving people who deserve our respect and admiration.
To Brian Normoyle, Scott Nevins, Ann Walker, Revolver Bar in West Hollywood, Paul Howard, Marc Saltarelli, Adrian Anchondo, Daniel O’Reilly, Nachelle Davis, and so many others who invested their free time and talents into giving us a voice and helping us create our various projects..
To the Hillary for America contacts we made along the way who helped us grow and gave us so many amazing opportunities: Maria Lee, Kaivan Schroff, Robby Mook, Ian Leviste.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
NOW: Turn off the TV. The election has happened. Bathing in the negative news will not change the results. Go outside. Hug your partner or a family member. Escape the negative echo chamber for an hour or longer.
Reassure friends and family members who belong to marginalized groups. We have friends who are Muslim, Dreamers, people of color, if you’re in this group you very likely know someone who is gay. We stand with Hillary and we stand with them.
And stay tuned! The Executive Board is going to take a few days to collect ourselves, finalize plans, and make some announcements. But we hope you will stay along with us for the journey.
With love, respect, admiration, gratitude…and because Love TRUMPS hate,