“They told me they would keep me in this position if I would commit to not disagreeing with our president for the remainder of his term.
Mr. Speaker, I’m being removed because I refused to make that commitment, because I believe it’s our job as Americans and as leaders in this body to criticize power when power is wrong.”
(Hawaii State Rep. Beth Fukumoto at Women’s March on January 21, 2017)
“Today I’d like to talk to you a little bit about my niece. She’s eight years old and she’s campaigned with me since she was two. She’s come with me to all sorts of events and last summer when I stood at my party’s convention,
Today I’d like to talk to you a little bit about my niece. She’s eight years old and she’s campaigned with me since she was two. She’s come with me to all sorts of events and last summer when I stood at my party’s convention, she watched as a ballroom full of men and women tossed insults and booed me, because instead of pledging to support my party’s nominee, I said I found his remarks were racist and sexist and they had no place in the Republican Party. (Applause) Thank you.
Now to that room full of people, I was a traitor or a fake or one of the many derogatory words that I was called on social media afterwards. But to my niece, I had told the truth, because little kids know what’s right and wrong. (Applause)
We teach them that they’re supposed to be nice and kind to everyone even when they’re different. So she didn’t understand why people would be so mean to me when I stood up on stage and said that Donald Trump should say things that he says. We had to explain later that sometimes people are angry and they don’t know how to express it so they treat other people badly. We explained that sometimes people are bullies, but that you should they treat people with respect. We told her that you always stand up to bullies no matter who they are. (Applause)
And then — she watched a bully win the presidency of the United States.
Now today, it’s not about who you voted for. People cast their votes for a lot of different reasons. but no matter who your choice was, the fact remains a man wants the White House with anger and hate and our kids watched it happen. Now it’s our job to let them watch us fight back. (Applause)
So I’m going ask you today to get involved. Testify at the legislature, run for office, help run a campaign, but do it with kindness. Show kids that everyone’s voice matters even when they believe the opposite thing that you do. Teach them that everyone deserves respect, and let them know that in the end — love will always win. Thank you.”