Conservative activist Michelle Malkin sparked a social media backlash when she said “diversity is not our strength” at the end of her speech at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
“I have been called white for stating facts. I’m not white, I’m just right,” Malkin said at one point, referring to criticism she has received from the left about her stance on immigration. Then, at the end, she said: “Diversity is not our strength, and I know those words are a ‘trigger.’ Diversity is not our strength, unity is. Our common purpose is the common defense of our nation. Good people make America great. Good people stand up and fight.”
— CPAC 2019 (@CPAC) March 1, 2019
Twitter critics latched onto Malkin’s “diversity” comment while leaving her “unity” statement entirely out of the picture.
Malkin finished her CPAC speech by stating “diversity is not our strength!” the crowd cheered
— Caleb Ecarma (@calebecarma) March 1, 2019
Michele Malkin closed out her #CPAC2019 speech by declaring that “diversity is not our strength.”
— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) March 1, 2019
The Michelle Malkin speech at CPAC is bananas. She just said “Diversity is not our strength.” Here’s some context about that! https://t.co/aPFUpSjGDW
— Christopher Mathias (@letsgomathias) March 1, 2019
It still amazes me that Michelle Malkin, a dark-skilled Filipino woman with a Jewish husband and biracial children can still complain about diversity with a straight face.
— Daryle Lamont Jenkins (@DLamontJenkins) March 1, 2019
Some pointed out the fact that leaving off the words “unity is” entirely misrepresented her intent. (RELATED: ‘Melting Pot Or Civil War?’ — Tucker And NR Editor Reihan Salam Discuss Updated Illegal Immigrant Numbers)
She followed that by saying “unity is” which was when people clapped.
— ForAmerica (@ForAmerica) March 1, 2019
“Diversity is not our strength. Unity is!” – @michellemalkin
But I guess dishonesty probably gets more page views, huh? https://t.co/l37IZDHsB3
— Virginia Kruta (@VAKruta) March 2, 2019
— Alex VanNess (@thealexvanness) March 1, 2019