“The Dow futures dropped 7,000 points overnight” — Aaron Sorkin.
If the Oscar-winning screenwriter had his stock-market facts straight in his impassioned letter to his daughter after Donald Trump’s win, the blue-chip index DJIA, +0.73% would be down at around 11,500, a level not seen since 2011.
Good thing he didn’t.
Sorkin clearly has a lot on his mind, so he can be forgiven for mistakenly adding a zero. These things happen — “mazel tov cocktail” anybody? — but the fact is the Dow did take a huge, 700-point-plus hit in extended trading as the election began to tip in Trump’s favor.
Of course, by the morning, it was off to the races… and the gains just keep coming.
Still, no amount of Wall Street euphoria would seemingly be enough to wash away the tortured angst Sorkin spilled on his 15-year-old daughter Roxy in his letter, which was published on Vanity Fair.
“It’s hardly the first time my candidate didn’t win (in fact it’s the sixth time), but it is the first time that a thoroughly incompetent pig with dangerous ideas, a serious psychiatric disorder, no knowledge of the world and no curiosity to learn has.”
That’s just one of the many nuggets that made this letter a viral sensation overnight. Here’s another:
“What wouldn’t we give to trade this small fraction of a man for Richard Nixon right now?”
“It wasn’t just Donald Trump who won last night — it was his supporters, too. The Klan won last night. White nationalists. Sexists, racists and buffoons. Angry young white men who think rap music and Cinco de Mayo are a threat to their way of life…”
Oh, but he was just getting warmed up:
“Men who have no right to call themselves that and who think that women who aspire to more than looking hot are shrill, ugly, and otherwise worthy of our scorn rather than our admiration struck a blow for misogynistic shitheads everywhere.”
As one of Sorkin’s most-famous characters might say to him, “You can’t handle the truth.” The truth, in this case, being that the people — almost half of them anyway — picked Donald Trump to be their president.
The Hollywood elite will have to deal with it. The stock market already has.