Pete Buttigieg, Secretary of Transportation, on the Human Rights Campaign’s declaration of a national emergency in the U.S. for LGBTQ people:
“Our country is at a very real risk of backsliding on freedom and equality but that is exactly why we continue to push. There has been extraordinary work that’s been done just in this presidency, and if you zoom out to the progress that’s been made in the last 10 or 15 years, including the ability of somebody like me to be standing here doing this job, it’s extraordinary. And yet, now you see the attacks on the LGBTQ community, especially on the trans community and what they’re going through and I think it’s being done out of the perception that it is politically convenient to target vulnerable groups. And honestly, I think where it largely comes from is folks who don’t want to talk about why they were against the infrastructure loans, building roads and bridges. They don’t want to talk about why they were against $35 insulin … they don’t want to explain why they were for these radical positions that speak to what those people are worried about their everyday lives. So they’re focused on targeting some of the people who already do not have a very easy time going about everyday life. Think about how hard it is to be a teenager to begin with. But think about how hard it is to be a teenager when you realize that you are different, when you’re coming to terms with your gender identity or you’re coming to terms with realizing that you’re gay or lesbian. The last thing you need in your life are politicians trying to score political points by making things worse for you. We’re gonna stand together, whether it’s pride or just on any given day and say no, we’re going to expand, not withdraw, the freedoms and equalities we won in this country, and we’re going to build on them.”
Pete needs to be President of this country one day soon.
It’s the plain common sense that we need.
Jennifer Coolidge, on making a “lot of mistakes” in life:
“Now that I’m old enough to really look back at my life and certainly my mistakes, I see a lot of those. But I never had any strategy. I just went job to job. I have to say I made the terrible mistake of not riding the wave that I had early on. It was sort of in the ’90s when I had ‘Legally Blonde’, “Best in Show’ and American Pie’. And then a few years later, there was ‘A Cinderella Story’ and stuff like that. But there was a moment. I started pursuing guys. I wasn’t paying attention. I just thought I had my whole life. I did get some jobs, but I didn’t have a plan. And I think that was a fatal flaw of mine, because it took so long to get anything going later.”
I think however Jennifer Coolidge got here today, to be the It Girl, er, Woman, is perfect timing. She deserves whatever comes her way.
“No excuses, I was ticked off that they wouldn’t let me do my job, so I didn’t take the vote. Once again, Washington’s power machine shoved a multi-trillion-dollar bill down our throat, refused to allow debate or amendments, disregarded everything we fought for in January, and didn’t actually allow representatives to do their job. And instead, they served us up a crap sandwich. Call it a no-show protest, but I certainly let every one of my colleagues and the country know I was against this garbage of a bill and against bypassing the voice of each representative. Deals cut in the dark are why we are headed towards $36 trillion in debt. And I refuse to be a part of it.”
Tim Scott, South Carolina’s GOP senator and candidate for the presidency … hold for laughter … on Sunny Hostin calling him the "exception" to systemic racism in America:
"One of the reasons why I’m on [The View] is because of the comments that were made frankly on this show that the only way for a young African-American kid to be successful in this country is to be the exception and not the rule. That’s a dangerous, offensive, disgusting message to send to our young people today that the only way to succeed is by being the exception. The fact of the matter is we’ve had an African-American president, African-American vice president, we’ve had two African Americans to be secretaries of the state. In my home city, the police chief is an African American who’s now running for mayor. The head of the highway patrol for South Carolina is an African American. In 1975, there was about 15% unemployment in the African-American community. For the first time in the country, it’s under 5%. Progress in America is measured in generations. My grandfather [was] born in 1921 in Salley, South Carolina, when he was on a sidewalk, a White person was coming, he had to step off and not make eye contact. That man believed then, with some doubt now, in the goodness of America, because he believed that faith in God, faith in himself, and faith in what the future could hold for his kids, would unleash opportunities in ways that you cannot imagine. So, what I’m suggesting is that the yesterday’s exception is today’s rule."
Just because we had a Black President, or a Black Vice President, or police chief or whatever, doesn’t mean there isn’t systemic racism in this country. All one need do is look at the shocking numbers of Black Americans killed by police, many for minor offenses; all one need do is see the percentage of Black people in America versus the percentage of Black people in prisons.
For Tim Scott to suggest that racism, systemic racism, isn’t a problem in America because he doesn’t have to get off the sidewalk to make way for the white person is pure ignorance.
Karine Jean-Pierre, on the GOP and Not-So-Sleepy Joe:
“After calling Joe Biden senile, Republicans just complained he outsmarted them [on the debt ceiling deal.] I will leave that there.”
Snap. And funny cuz it’s true. Sleepy Joe once again owned the GOP.