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Singer Is Latest to Exit Women’s Summit in Protest Against Former Trump Associate

Oct 21, 2019  •  Post A Comment

Another prominent woman has pulled out of the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit in Washington as a protest against the inclusion of former Trump homeland security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

The Huffington Post reports that singer Brandi Carlile is the latest to pull out from the event, a gathering of prominent women across industries that takes place today through Wednesday.

The exit of Carlile, a multiple Grammy winner who was the most nominated female artist at this year’s Grammys with six nods, follows similar exits by filmmaker dream hampton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

“Before resigning in April, Nielsen executed and oversaw Trump’s policy of separating migrant families, including children, coming into the United States,” The Huffington Post report notes. “Activists have been pressuring the summit organizers to rescind their invitation to Nielsen, who is scheduled to speak on Tuesday.”

Carlile explained her objections to Nielsen in a post on her Twitter account, writing: “I don’t think that human rights violators and merit-based abusers of displaced people should be given a platform to ‘reimagine’ history. Ever. The atrocity of family separation at our Southern border needs to go down in history as one of the United States of America’s most merciless acts.”

Carlile adds: “I absolutely cannot support Kirstjen Nielsen having a voice among the most powerful and inspiring women in America. Her access to power is righteously over.”


  1. If you believe in your truth or message , then you should have no fear of who you share it with . You can’t just take your ball and go home if you can’t defend or present your ideas and beliefs to anyone. Especially in the United States . It’s not like Iran or Afghanistan or Somalia where they will mutilate your genitalia or just torture and murder you . There have been woman in those countries who were brave enough to risk and lose their lives to better woman’s lives. Why are you afraid of a former Secretary of Homeland security . Do you understand her viewpoint or what she had to do by law? Could you do her job for a day ? Maybe you all should back up all your preaching with good ideas and a cogent defense of your beliefs without just saying no no no !!! I won’t play ball with you because I may lose the argument . I have no dog in this hunt but I do know how to present and defend what I believe to anyone at any event as I have in hostile audiences and friendly ones all the same .

  2. What a complete coward

  3. Did the Washington Generals ever refuse to show up to play the Globetrotters?

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