Quick Takes: Kids Ask Trump to Be Kind

* This story fits under the heading of “a little child shall lead them.” It’s all about a mother, Molly Spence Sahebjami, who had a simple idea.

The idea? To have children write letters to President-elect Donald Trump “about the importance of being kind to other people, even if they’re different than you are,” according to a description on the group’s Facebook page.

Sahebjami, who lives in a state where voters overwhelmingly supported Hillary Clinton, said she knew many who disapproved of Trump’s vulgar language.

Children “don’t know anything about the issues, like manufacturing jobs,” she said in a phone interview with The Washington Post. “But they know — at least where I live, it’s really prevalent [for kids] to say, ‘Oh, he’s the mean one.’ ”

The idea started with her own son, a kindergarten student who said he was concerned about things Trump had said about Muslims, because the family has relatives of Iranian descent.

“So I said to him, ‘Well maybe we should write a letter to him and we can show him,’ ” Sahebjami said. “ ‘Why don’t you talk to him about why it’s important to be kind?’ ”…

Her son’s letter, which he dictated to Sahebjami, read: “Dear President-elect Trump, please be a good president. Be kind to all people. Some people in my family are a special religion and they are not bad guys.”

Here’s another example:

Dear President Trump

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Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy LeTourneau is a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly.