RI 7th grader’s letter on Trump gets attention from Congress

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid joined other Democrats in condemning President-elect Donald Trump’s appointment of Steve Bannon on the Senate floor on Tuesday.

During his speech, he quoted a letter from a Rhode Island 7th grader who attends Providence’s Moses Brown.

In her letter, Karina writes,

“I’m extremely scared, especially being a woman of color that the president of the country I was born and live in is making me feel unsafe, and I usually don’t feel unsafe. It’s even scarier because this man who is now the President of the United States has said such rude, ignorant and disrespectful things about women and all different types of people and is now in charge of our country.”

The school says Karina wrote the letter in her history class the day after the election. Her words were then shared by her teacher, Jon Gold, on Twitter last week.

A spokesperson for Moses Brown released a statement Tuesday.

“As a Quaker school, Moses Brown is concerned that all people should feel safe, known and supported and we are proud that Karina’s writing has been persuasive to a wide audience, including Senator Reid.”

Eyewitness News reached out to Sen. Reid’s staff to find out how he came across Karina’s letter and what compelled him to read it aloud, but we have yet to hear back.