ON THE RECORD
“I am more fearful of large gatherings of white men that come into schools, theaters and shoot people up, but we don’t isolate young white men on this issue.” — Dallas Mayor telling MSNBC that he’s more afraid of armed white men than of Syrian refugees.
“Our country is facing a tragic gun violence epidemic and we cannot ignore it. Still, the NRA opposes any legislation that would help keep guns out of the hands of terrorists, criminals and the mentally ill, and spends millions to stop any action in Congress that could help prevent further violence. I cannot continue to be a member while the NRA refuses to back closing these loopholes.”
— former Nevada Assembly Speaker and now a candidate for Congress, in a letter to the NRA canceling his membership. The Democrat wrote that he grew up in a family of hunters and was an NRA life member.
“We all have components in our histories, in our imaginations, in our fantasies that take us places that we may not live out in our lives and the choices that we make in our relationships. I think that’s true for actors. Actors find relevant experiences in their life and in their past to tap into.”
— the gay director of the acclaimed lesbian-themed movie Carol, telling the Huffington Post how heterosexual actors portray lesbians and gays on screen. The film won the 2015 New York Critics Award for best picture and Haynes was named best director.
“You mention why these school districts fail and you mention economically disadvantaged and non-white populations are contributors to that. And we can’t fix that. We can’t make an African-American white. That’s just, it is what it is.”
— State Sen. R, speaking during a hearing on Michigan’s education challenges. Knollenberg was blasted for his suggestion of inherent racial inferiority.
“I was encouraged not to use the word ‘feminism.’ People felt that it was alienating and separating and the whole idea of the speech was to include as many people as possible.”
— telling Net-A-Porter that United Nations officials discouraged her from using the word “feminism” in a speech for UN Women’s HeForShe project.
“I am hereby barring Donald Trump from entering St. Petersburg until we fully understand the dangerous threat posed by all Trumps.”
— A tweet from mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida, following the uproar created by Donald Trump when he suggested barring all Muslims from entering the United States.
“The majority of the people on the no-fly list are often times people that just basically have the same name as somebody else, who doesn’t belong on the no-fly list. Former Sen. Ted Kennedy once said he was on a no-fly list. There are journalists on the no-fly list.”
— Republican presidential candidate explaining to Jake Tapper of CNN’s State of the Union why he opposed a Democratic measure to ban gun sales to suspected terrorists on the so-called “no-fly” list.