'Parks and Rec' Staff Writes Post-Election Letter as Leslie Knope

The Hollywood Reporter

The writing staff of NBC series Parks and Recreation penned an essay in the voice of the series' lead character, Amy Poehler's Leslie Knope, as a post-election note.

The essay, written for Vox, gives encouragement to female readers, saying, "You are going to run this country, and this world, very soon."

"Like most people, I deal with tragedy by processing the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance," Knope writes, but despite having been through the first four stages, she still doesn't accept Trump as America's new president.

"I acknowledge that Donald Trump is the president. I understand, intellectually, that he won the election. But I do not accept that our country has descended into the hatred-swirled slop pile that he lives in," the essay reads. "I reject out of hand the notion that we have thrown up our hands and succumbed to racism, xenophobia, misogyny, and crypto-fascism. I do not accept that. I reject that. I fight that. Today, and tomorrow, and every day until the next election, I reject and fight that story."

Knope then turns her attention toward young, female readers, who, like her, had been hoping Clinton would become the first female president of the United States.

"On behalf of the grown-ups of America who care about you and your futures, I am awfully sorry about how miserably we screwed this up," she says. "We elected a giant farting T. rex who does not like you, or care about you, or think about you, unless he is scanning your bodies with his creepy T. rex eyes or trying to physically grab you like a toy his daddy got him."

Read the full essay here.