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Dispatches Quotables


(Richard B. Levine/Newscom)

‘We are a nation of citizens.’

Mike Gonzalez, a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation, defending the Trump administration’s decision to add a question about whether the respondent is a citizen to the 2020 Census, in the face of criticism and lawsuits from Democrats. “The race and ethnicity questions are the ones that present huge problems to us in terms of governing, in terms of being a constitutional republic,” said Gonzalez. “Not a citizenship question.”

(Associated Press)

‘I remember walking, tears freezing up on my face, because I began to cry because it was so cold.’

Linda Brown on the long walk to her all-black school in Topeka, Kan., in winter. Brown was the plaintiff in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case in 1954 that desegregated public schools. She died on March 25.

(Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

‘We take no pleasure in having to constantly criticize Russia, but we need Russia to stop giving us so many reasons to do so.’

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Russian political assassinations and Russian support for Syria’s use of chemical weapons.

(Bexar County Sheriff’s Department)

‘It became fairly obvious very early on that this wasn’t a regular missing persons case.’

Bexar County (Texas) Sheriff Javier Salazar on Maarib Al Hishmawi, 16, who ran away from home after her parents tried to force her, allegedly using violence, into an arranged marriage. “Several times it was reported to us that this young lady was abused, with hot oil being thrown on her body. She was beaten by broomsticks. At one point she was choked almost to the point of unconsciousness,” said Salazar. The family is from Iraq and has been in the United States for two years.

‘We need a disney princess who’s had an abortion.’

A tweet from Planned Parenthood Keystone in Trexlertown, Pa. The group deleted the tweet but also defended it as making “a point about the importance of telling stories that challenge stigma.”