Giorgia Meloni Confronted by LGBTQ Activist

Giorgia Meloni, the leader of the anti-immigration party Fratelli d’Italia and likely the next Italian prime minister, has demonstrated that she is a class act. When she was confronted on stage at a campaign rally by an LGBTQ activist, she didn’t duck for cover and hurry off the stage while her bodyguards hustled the interloper away, which is what you would expect from most politicians. Instead she motioned to the bodyguards to hold back while she engaged the fellow calmly and respectfully.

Many thanks to HeHa for translating this video, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

Video transcript:

00:00   Could you give it to me? Thank you. Yes, I recall. Will you give it to me?
00:03   Will you give it to me? Yes, I do recall.
00:06   I demand the right to [gay] marriage and adoption. —All right.
00:09   You demand something, as we all demand something. We all demand something.
00:14   —Wait, excuse me. You demand something; you don’t have to move abroad.
00:18   I want the right to think differently.
00:22   That’s what democracy is. People can disagree, as you and I disagree.
00:26   We respect each other, even if we disagree.
00:29   Thank you for being here. Bye.
00:32   We are all equal, and someday I will come back to Italy and adopt a child.
00:37   All right. There are [gay] civil unions here, so you can do whatever you like.
00:40   Stay there, you guys. You can do whatever you like, here.
00:43   May I carry on? —Of course. —Thank you, thank you very much. Thank you.
00:47   Let’s give him a round of applause. I respect people’s courage to defend what they believe in.
00:56   I have been defending what I believe in, my whole life long.

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