Although Parks and Recreation ended in 2015, the recent presidential race has made the beloved NBC sitcom feel timelier than ever, with many comparing heroine Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) to Hillary Clinton, and Leslie's one-time political rival Bobby Newport (Paul Rudd) to Donald Trump.
But while Knope defeated the rich man with zero political experience in the race for Pawnee City Council, Clinton wasn't able to defeat Trump. On Tuesday, the former reality star became the president-elect, leaving many to wonder what Leslie would think of this shocking turn of events.
Fortunately, an unnamed Parks and Recreation writer has penned an open letter as Leslie Knope for Yahoo, in which the endlessly optimistic politician offers words of encouragement to all those young girls who are hurt and saddened by Trump's victory.
"On behalf of the grown-ups of America who care about you and your futures, I am awfully sorry about how miserably we screwed this up," Leslie writes. "Our President-Elect is everything you should abhor, and fear, in a male role model. He has spent his life telling you, and girls and women like you, that your lives are valueless except as sexual objects. He has demeaned you, and belittled you, and put you in a little box to be looked at and not heard. It is your job, and the job of girls and women like you, to bust out."
"You are going to run this country, and this world, very soon," the letter continues. "So you will not listen to this man, or the 75-year-old, doughy-faced, gray-haired nightmare men like him, when they try to tell you where to stand or how to behave or what you can and cannot do with your own bodies, or what you should or should not think with your own minds."
"He is the present, sadly, but he is not the future. You are the future," she concludes. "Your strength is a million times his. Your power is a billion times his. We will acknowledge this result, but we will not accept it. We will overcome it, and we will defeat it.
"Now find your team, and get to work."
Read Leslie Knope's full open letter on Yahoo.