Op-eds

Rudy Giuliani’s daughter: ‘Please everyone — vote for Joe Biden’

In an op-ed published in Vanity Fair this Thursday, the daughter of Trump lawyer and advisor, Rudy Giuliani, implored readers to vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in 2020.

“We are multiverses apart, politically and otherwise,” Caroline Giuliani wrote of her relationship with her father.

“I’ve come to realize that none of us can afford to be silent right now,” she writes. “The stakes are too high. I accept that most people will start reading this piece because you saw the headline with my father’s name. But now that you’re here, I’d like to tell you how urgent I think this moment is.”

Giuliani, who describes herself as a director, actor, and writer, says she relates to anyone who feels “overwhelmed or apathetic about this election.”

“As a child, I saw firsthand the kind of cruel, selfish politics that Donald Trump has now inflicted on our country,” she writes. “It made me want to run as far away from them as possible. But trust me when I tell you: Running away does not solve the problem. We have to stand and fight. The only way to end this nightmare is to vote. There is hope on the horizon, but we’ll only grasp it if we elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

She recounts how as a child, she would engaged in debates with her father and found it to be disheartening at how “little power I had to change his mind, no matter how logical and above-my-pay-grade my arguments were.”

“When I tried to explain my belief that you don’t get to be considered benevolent on LGBTQ+ rights just because you have gay friends but don’t support gay marriage, I distinctly remember him firing back with an intensity fit for an opposing politician rather than one’s child.”

“Trump and his enablers have used his presidency to stoke the injustice that already permeated our society, taking it to dramatically new, Bond-villain heights,” she continued. “I am a filmmaker in the LGBTQ+ community who tells stories about mental health, sexuality, and other stigmatized issues, and my goal is to humanize people and foster empathy. So I hope you’ll believe me when I say that another Trump term (a term, itself, that makes me cringe) will irrevocably harm the LGBTQ+ community, among many others. His administration asked the Supreme Court to let businesses fire people for being gay or trans, pushed a regulation to let health care providers refuse services to people who are LGTBQ+, and banned trans people from serving their country in the military.”

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