The 16-year-old who told off Jeff Flake has a message for “old white man” Trump
Sixteen year-old activist Deja Foxx has vaulted to much-deserved fame for calling out Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) on his party's attempts to gut Planned Parenthood, but she's not done yet. Foxx is using her new platform to deliver a message to Donald Trump, that maybe an "old white man" ought to listen to the people his policies harm.
We recently reported on the courage of 16-year-old Deja Foxx, who faced down Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) at a town hall in Mesa, Arizona, over his support for Donald Trump’s anti-Planned Parenthood crusade. “Why would you deny me the American dream?” Foxx asked him, and when Flake told her he would never do that, Foxx demanded, “Then support Planned Parenthood.”
Since then, many other media outlets have picked up on Foxx’s story, including CNN, which booked Foxx for an appearance on Don Lemon’s show. Despite some issues with the satellite feed, Deja Foxx had a clear message for Donald Trump: she’s coming for him.
LEMON: When he was campaigning, candidate Trump said that he would be so good for women. How do you feel his politics regarding women’s health care so far?
FOXX: Out of touch with us. He cannot claim that he, an old white man, that he can relate to me. He’s refusing to make a commitment to get to know my story, to get to know the stories of women like me. And without understanding our stories and our struggles, there’s no way he can make good choices for us, and represent us well.
LEMON: If you could speak with the president about your concerns, what would you say to him?
FOXX: Listen to people’s stories. Each of us has a voice, and each of us has a story. And Planned Parenthood is a part of my story. It’s a part of what’s making me a leader in my community and what’s going to bring me to Capitol Hill one day. If I could say anything to him, I’d tell him listen to his people. Our stories matter.
LEMON: Thank you, Deja Foxx.
Foxx confirmed on Twitter that she intends to run for office one day, an inspiring example for anyone whose experience falls outside that of the narrow-minded clutch of “old white men,” as she puts it, like Trump. The same Trump who convened a panel of those old white men to discuss taking away maternity coverage is now placing an avowed anti-feminist in charge of “women’s issues.”
If there’s any consolation to the fact that Trump is unlikely to listen to Deja Foxx, it is in the fact that she will one day replace him. Not soon enough.