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Dispatches Quotables


“It brought tears to my eyes, just giving up on it.”

Donny Sirisavath, owner and chef of Khao Noodle Shop in Dallas, Texas, on being forced to close the restaurant on April 18 because of lost business due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

“They didn’t fight for me to be told by white people which white person I can vote on.”

Rap star Kanye West on his parents and their civil rights activism. He implied he will vote for Donald Trump in November. 

“The number is down because we brought the number down. God did not do that, fate did not do that, destiny did not do that, a lot of pain and suffering did that.”

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on the reason for the plateau in the number of people being hospitalized because of COVID-19 in New York. 

“People have been awakened. That’s for sure.”

Xie Yanyi, a human rights lawyer based in Beijing, on people in China whose family members died of COVID-19 suing the government for delaying action as the virus spread. 

“There can’t be anything more horrendous.”

University of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh on “a society that aborts babies.” He said: “You see people taking more of a view of sanctity of life. And I hope that can continue. I hope that continues and not just in this time of crisis or pandemic.”