Over the weekend, the world witnessed as Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban went into effect, prohibiting citizens from seven countries–Yemen, Somalia, Libya, Sudan, Syria, Iraq and Iran–from entering the country despite having valid Visas. As many protested the despicable and unconstitutional executive order outside of John F. Kennedy airport and around the country, Gospel singer Tina Campbell from the duo Mary Mary wrote a lengthy open letter supporting Trump and his decision.
“I believe that no creed, nor color, nor class, nor status of people are better than the other, but we are all valuable; we are all necessary. I believe that all people and all lives matter, including that of Mr. Donald Trump and his family. I believe that the leaders of this nation should protect the opportunity for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for every single one of its citizens. And, I choose to believe that Mr. Donald Trump shares this same belief.”
Campbell posted the lengthy message to her Facebook page and asked that it be read and digested with “an open mind” And while the 42-year-old admitted she doesn’t agree with everything Donald Trump does, she’s choosing to “be for him” as a citizen.
“President Donald Trump is the elected leader of this nation so, as a citizen, I choose to be for him. This is not a statement of agreement with all that has been, nor all that will be. It is a statement of a mature, responsible citizen who knows that a perspective, a strategy, or even a fight based in understanding, love, and a willingness to work together as we move forward, accomplishes more and goes much farther than a strategy based in anger, rage, fear, complaints, utter contempt, constant disagreeableness, and noncooperation.”
Campbell continued her message by speaking about the power of forgiveness and her intentions to wield it throughout Trump’s presidency
“I’m so grateful that I have an inherent right to choose my perspective and, because of that, I choose to forgive all things that I have read, seen, and/or heard from or about Mr. Donald Trump that I deem as hurtful or offensive. I believe that transformation and progress are inevitable when love and forgiveness are at the helm of the journey. Unforgiveness separates us, but forgiveness unites.”
Read Campbell’s open letter in its entirety.