We stand on opposite sides of the aisle, but together against Donald Trump
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As Americans and elected officials, the two of us are fiercely proud of our country and proud to stand up for our beliefs. And this election year has given us a lot to voice our opinions over. As members of different political parties, there’s certainly a lot we don’t agree on. But at the end of the day, we agree that we want this country to be great for women and families, and that our leaders should share that goal.  

Our partisan differences mean that we typically have very different points of view when it comes to the policies that allow women and families to thrive. But this election is bringing us together, as the basic values that make this country great—respect, equality, and opportunity for all—are being threatened by a candidate who thrives on bigotry, misogyny, discrimination, and hate. That’s why it’s more important than ever for us to put our differences aside and come together around the beliefs we do share: our commitment to respect for all people, to reproductive freedom,  and our decision that we won’t vote for Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpO’Malley tells Dems not to fear Trump Right way and wrong way Five things to know about the elephant trophies controversy MORE this November.

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Donald Trump has staked his campaign on demeaning and belittling women at every turn. He refers to them as “bimbos,” “dogs,” and “pigs.” He has told women that they would look good “on their knees.” And he has said that he wouldn’t have given women a job if they weren’t “beautiful.”

Unsurprisingly, his low regard for women extends to his views on their reproductive freedom. He wants to punish women who choose to get an abortion, and his list of Supreme Court nominees is filled with anti-choice extremists who would overturn Roe v. Wade. That’s not making America great again. That’s taking our nation backward to a time when a woman didn’t have the right to to decide whether, when, and with whom to grow a family—to a time when countless women lost their lives in back alleys and on kitchen tables trying to determine their own destinies.

Americans want a president who is a role model for our children. Who believes women and men are equals and should have the same opportunities to succeed. Who is committed to the idea that America is a great nation where we can all get ahead without putting each other down. These are the values we believe in—regardless of political party—and that we strive to pass on to the next generation. And these shared values are why we cannot have Donald Trump as our next president.

It’s time to put aside our differences and come together in support of the values that have always made America great. We cannot have a president who espouses a worldview in which women are unequal to men. This means making sure Donald Trump—a vulgar bully who no one can be proud of—gets nowhere near the Oval Office. So regardless of your party, your gender, your immigration status, or your race, we ask you to stand with us and say: we won’t vote Trump.


Dwight Bullard is a Democratic member of the Florida Senate and Kathy Hawken is a Republican member of the North Dakota state House.