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Hate Speech Has No Place in Our Society or Our Halls of Government

Nov 30, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) spoke on the House Floor today about the need to promote equality, opportunity, and justice for all, while combatting all forms of hatred.

Below is a video and transcript of the speech.

Equality, justice, and opportunity for all cannot co-exist in a society where bigotry, misogyny, anti-Semitism, and other kinds of hatred are accepted or encouraged.

Only one of these two sets of values has made our country great, while the other has the ability to further divide and ultimately destroy us.

Following President-elect Trump’s appointment of Steve Bannon as White House Chief Strategist, my office received nearly 600 calls and letters from concerned constituents who are deeply worried about an Administration that pits people against one another; creates scapegoats; and goes against the better angels of our nature.

If Donald Trump wants to be a president for ALL Americans, he cannot surround himself with individuals that tolerate, inspire, or participate in hate speech.

With reports of bias-based attacks continuing to rise following the election, we must remain focused on ensuring that no American – regardless of race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation – feels marginalized or afraid in his or her own community.

We must remember that there will always be more that unites us than divides us. It is up to us to stop hatred wherever we see it, especially in our halls of government.