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Dear Electors, I beg you

December 8, 2016 by Julie Negrin

FullSizeRender (3)Dear Electors,

My name is Julie Negrin. I used to be a kids cooking teacher and a nutritionist with a thriving career. Now, I am a disabled woman who has battled four unrelated cancers. In the last three years, I’ve lost four organs, my business, my independence, and the ability to digest solid food.

But I have not lost my voice.

And I plead with you now.

Please, please vote for our country on Dec 19.

This isn’t about party anymore – nor policy. This is about whether or not we stand by and let someone destroy our beautiful nation.

If he’d spent the last month behaving rationally and making sensible decisions, I wouldn’t be writing this letter. Instead we have a minority president-elect who has…

…zero policy and diplomatic experience and has not demonstrated requisite ability or willingness to perform as the president of the United States.

…defied the Constitution and is unwilling to learn it, let alone follow it.

…promised to start a trade war.

…destabilized international relations.

…refused to distance himself from his financial holdings.

…committed to dismantling our health care system and public education.

…bragged about destroying any person – or company – who disagrees with him.

…plans to renege on international agreements including a nuclear arms deal.

And that’s all before taking office.

He thinks he is above the law.

He is irrational, unpredictable and throws temper tantrums – and unless you intervene, he will be in charge of nuclear codes during his 3am social media rants.

He could tweet us into World War III.

What I’m asking you to do is not some wild lefty plot.

What I’m asking you to do – along with millions of Americans who have signed petitions and sent you emails – is what Alexander Hamilton expected electors to do:

Stop a tyrant from sitting in the oval office and prevent poisonous corruption from infecting every branch of our government. 

Otherwise, there is high probability that one day, you’ll wake up to a deeply divided country with violent skirmishes breaking out frequently, scared and poor citizens, our economy and global market in the toilet, threats of war from other countries and you’ll think: I could have stopped this. I was given an opportunity…

And I didn’t do it.

If only I’d listened. If only I’d listened to those annoying liberals who were trying to warn me. 

If only I’d voted for that woman. Or banded together with all the electors and voted for another Republican in a historical bipartisian move.

If only I had switched my vote – which sounds so simple now but felt so difficult then – I could have prevented so much destruction, so much misery for our children and our children’s children.

If only.

People assume that being a hero is easy. That taking a huge risk must feel good because it’s the right thing to do. 

Unfortunately, being a hero is terrifying. It would mean reaching out across party lines, coordinating an incredibly complicated political move, enduring jeers, upsetting people you love, enduring enormous amounts of anger.

You must feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders. 

That’s because it is. 

I’m a small, sick, humble woman down on my knees, tears streaming down my face, pleading with you.

Begging you.

Please save us. Save our country. Save the millions of lives on the line. 

Please be my hero. Be OUR hero.

Use your vote to save our country.

You’ll be written about in history books as the saviors who pulled us back from the brink. 

You’ll be American heroes. 

I believe in you. 

I also thank you for your public service and wish you the best of luck during this tenuous time.

Much love,


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  • Hi, my name is Julie Negrin. I’m a nutritionist that’s battled 4 cancers: melanoma, ovarian, colon, and endometrial cancer — the last 3 all at once — due to a genetic disorder called Lynch Syndrome. In the three years since I lost four organs, I've been slowly transforming to "disabled" after living a mostly able-bodied life. I've also had a bunch of other complications including not being able to eat solid foods.... Stick around if you're not afraid of the ugly bits. Much love,

    Much love,

    Julie Negrin

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