Lynne Patton is the Director of The Eric Trump Foundation and Assistant to Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump, and Donald Trump Jr.
“Today I was compelled to sit down and write this letter. Not to anyone in particular, maybe even just for myself, but as a black female executive at the Trump organization, I can no longer remain silent about the repeated and reprehensible attempts to align my boss and his family with racist hate-mongering groups, campaigns and messaging.”
“The Trump family that I know is, without question, one of the most generous, compassionate and philanthropic families I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing and the honor to call friends. They have been incredibly loyal to me and the countless dedicated people they employ around the world – hiring more minority and female executives than any other company for which I’ve ever worked.”
“To equate racism with my boss’ call for a temporary moratorium on a flawed immigration system that radical Islamic terrorists continue to exploit, or the construction of an impassible wall to protect our borders from the influx of illegal drugs, is not only incendiary, it’s wholly irresponsible and only serves to embolden the very hatred these draconian groups espouse.”
“Rest assured I am a highly intelligent, free-thinking and independent woman. My options and decisions are based solely on fact, not fiction, speculation, assumption or hearsay.”
“This isn’t just a race to Mr. Trump. This isn’t just a race to his family nor to our veterans or the unemployed and because of that this family is willing to risk their own lives each and every day for the greater good of this country.”
“To the skeptics who will undoubtedly claim that I am doing this at the behest of the Trump family or with the promise of reward, I deliberately chose not to seek their approval nor council in advance to this video for fear that there would be more concern for me and its potential viral ramifications than they would be for themselves and the fact that quite simply this is the right thing to do.”
“God bless his family, God bless the voters and God bless the United States of America.”