“I am disappointed, shocked and shaken at my core by what has transpired tonight,” he wrote alongside a photo of his 17-month-old daughter Ava Sloane Simone. “I gathered around the TV with my family and loved ones, ready to celebrate history being made. My daughter had this little blue dress on. I was ready to pop the Martinelli’s and hold her, watching Hilary Clinton become the first female president of the United States of America. But … it didn’t happen.”
He added, “I had a sick feeling in my gut, riddled with anxiety as the polls started coming in. After hours of a growing pit in my stomach, it was over. I left the TV, grabbed my daughter and took her to bed. But now, as I’m laying next to her as she sleeps, I remember. Remember what I have control over and what I don’t. I don’t have control over Donald Trump becoming president. That has been decided. But what I do have control over is where I go from here.”
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The rapper, 33, continued by explaining the things he hoped to teach his daughter, about compassion for others and never giving up.
“I will teach my daughter to love,” he wrote. “All people, regardless of the color of their skin, gender, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or where their birth certificate says they’re from. I will teach her how important it is to be an advocate for humanity. Not just the portion of humanity that benefits her.”
“Donald Trump is not raising my daughter. I am,” he declared. “I get to encourage and nurture her to be who she wants to be. Teach her that her voice and actions can change the world. Teach her that she can do anything that a man can do. And one day, even become president of the United States of America. I have work to do. It starts now. And that work is the only thing bringing me peace at the moment.”
Read Macklemore’s full note above.