Best Quotes of the Week – February 6, 2021

“When we defend equal rights of the people the world over, of women and girls, of LGBTQ individuals, indigenous communities and people with disabilities, the people of every ethnic background and religion, we also ensure that those rights are protected for our own children here in America.”

President Joe Biden, upon issuing a memorandum to protect LGBTQ rights as part of a human rights agenda for the United States

“There were a lot more Republican leaders, and their constituents, who attempted to push back then than there are now.  To a large extent, the people who have inherited the Birch legacy today, I think, are more empowered [and] more visible within the Republican Party.  There is much less criticism; there is much less of an effort to drum them out; there is a much greater fear of antagonizing them.  They are the so-called Republican base.”

Matthew Dallek, political historian at George Washington University and author of an upcoming history of the John Birch Society, on the growing acceptance of extremism in the Republican Party

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