Hi folks. Some days, as an author, you just brainstorm ideas. That’s what I was doing today, working of plots for future Spy School books, when I decided to take a short break for lunch and turned on the news, expecting to see the confirmation of the election results.
Instead, I found myself watching armed terrorists storming the United States Capitol. Terrorists who were encouraged by own own president in an attempted coup.
My job is to make up crazy plots, but I honestly couldn’t have ever invented something as insane like this.
I usually try to avoid being political, because parents of young readers generally don’t like it when authors express political views to their children. (Unless they agree with those views, in which case they are generally all for it.) But enough is enough. What is going on here today is horrible and wrong. I felt ashamed that my children were witnessing it — and I am ashamed that all of you are too.
As a young reader, you might not think that your voice matters, but it does. And it will matter more and more as you get older. So you need to know that what is happening today is wrong. I am not engaging in hyperbole when I call these people terrorists or call this an attempted coup. That’s what it is. They invaded the seat of our government with the intent of interfering with the results of an election.
If you know people who support this — or who think it is all amusing — those people are wrong.
I know that I have poked fun at how the government works, or spun plots with high-level government officials who turn out to be parts of conspiracy groups, but I know all of you are smart enough to know that is just in fun. The idea that a President of the United States would disregard the truth that he lost an election, spread unfounded rumors about that and then incite his supporters to overturn the will of the majority is shocking to me. It seems like the stuff of fiction. But sadly, today it’s not.
This is a dark day in our of our lifetimes. I’m sorry that you had to see it happen. And I hope you understand that the responsibility of this lies entirely on President Donald Trump. It wouldn’t have happened without his doing. That makes him far worse than any fictional villain I could ever invent.
Some day, not too long from now, you will be able to vote. And when you do, I hope that you vote for candidates who actually care about people, the environment, and this country. I hope that we never have another day like this in our country again.