A chip off the old block, former President Barack Obama’s daughter Malia reportedly tried to make what she felt was a positive difference in the world by joining a protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline at Monday’s Los Angeles-based Sundance Film Festival.
It was the contention of Malia and her fellow protesters that construction of the pipeline under Lake Oahe in North Dakota would pollute the water of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation and also disturb its burial sites, according to Los Angeles station KCBS.
Energy Transfer Partners, the company that wanted to build the pipeline, has repeatedly disputed these claims, but the protests have persisted nevertheless.
President Donald Trump has since signed an executive order expediting the pipeline’s construction.
Malia was not the only celebrity present at the protest. Actress Shailene Woodley, who has reportedly been protesting for at least two years, was also at the event and later described to Democracy Now what Malia’s presence meant to both her and the tribe.
“It was amazing to see Malia, President Obama’s daughter,” she said. “Also, to witness a human being and a woman coming into her own outside of her family … someone who’s willing to participate in democracy because she chooses to, because she recognizes, regardless of her last name, that if she doesn’t participate in democracy, there will be no world for her future children.”
This was the first time that the former president’s daughter had issued a public statement of sorts in direct opposition to the new president. After the election last year, she and her sister reportedly admitted to being “disappointed” by Trump’s victory.
By attending this protest, she made it clear that she also opposed his policies as well, or at least vis-à-vis the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Whether or not she intended to participate in other future anti-Trump protests remained to be seen, though given the nature of the Saul Alinksy disciple who raised her, it seemed very likely.
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H/T U.K. Daily Mail