Michelle Obama, on Donald [t]Rump — without even sasying his name — during a commencement speech at City College New York:
"[Some folks out there today] seem to view our diversity as a threat to be contained rather than as a resource to be tapped. They tell us to be afraid of those who are different, to be suspicious of those with whom we disagree. They act as if name-calling is an acceptable substitute for thoughtful debate. As if anger and intolerance should be our default state rather than optimism and openness that have always been the engine of our progress. But graduates, I can tell you that as First Lady, I have had the privilege of traveling around the world, and visiting dozens of different countries, and I have seen what happens when ideas like these take hold. I have seen how leaders rule by intimidation, leaders who demonize and dehumanize entire groups of people often do so because they have nothing else to offer. And I have seen how places that stifle the voices and dismiss the potential of their citizens are diminished, how they are less vital, less hopeful, less free. Graduates that is not who we are. That is not what this country stands for. No, no, here in America, we don’t let our differences tear us apart. Not here."
And not today, Satan.
I loves me some Michelle, and cannot wait until Hillary’s eight years are up and Michelle Obama runs for office.
Joanna Lumley, on Patsy Stone her gay icon character from Absolutely Fabulous:
“You go back and pick through it, the amount of gay references and ease with which it’s been put into the story, without it being dragged along like a great log of plot. It’s really normal that one of [Edina’s] ex-husbands now lives with his young boyfriend. It’s completely normal that [Edina] wants [her daughter] Saffy to be a lesbian or that Serge [Edina’s son] is gay and living in New York. [So] it’s completely normal that Patsy is transgender.”
Plus, hasn’t she said it several times on the series already?
Enrique Peña Nieto, president of Mexico, on why he acted on marriage equality:
“Building a Society of Rights means there is no room for first- and second-class citizens. It means choosing inclusion over discrimination. It means creating unity from diversity.”
These are beautiful words coming from the president of a very religious, very Catholic country.
Times do change.
Donald Trump, defending his racist rhetoric:
“It is unfortunate that my comments have been misconstrued as a categorical attack against people of Mexican heritage. I am friends with and employ thousands of people of Mexican and Hispanic descent. The American justice system relies on fair and impartial judges. All judges should be held to that standard. I do not feel that one’s heritage makes them incapable of being impartial, but, based on the rulings that I have received in the Trump University civil case, I feel justified in questioning whether I am receiving a fair trial.”
See, he’s not a racist! He has Mexicans working for him. It’s just the one who won’t do his bidding, Judge Gonzalo Curiel, that’s the problem.
He’s not racist, y’all … some of his best friends ….