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Hillary Clinton honors Oscar de la Renta by telling us to read the Constitution

Prepare your pocket constitutions.


Lauren L'Amie


Published Feb 16, 2017   Updated May 24, 2021, 11:47 pm CDT

A stamp dedication ceremony hosted by the United States Postal Service Thursday morning turned political as soon as Hillary Clinton took the stage.  

The ceremony, honoring the late designer Oscar de la Renta, celebrated the release of a line of Commemorative Forever Stamps that will feature de la Renta’s portrait along with samples of his work, the Cut reports.

“Oscar de la Renta was an immigrant,” Clinton said. “And aren’t we proud and grateful that he was?” 

Clinton’s commentary coincides with a national “Day Without Immigrants” strike taking place in states across the country in protest of President Donald Trump‘s anti-immigration proposals and rhetoric. Clinton hasn’t been quiet when it comes to her disapproval of Trump’s policy, retorting on Twitter shortly after the President’s travel ban loss in federal appeals court. 

At de la Renta’s dedication, Clinton was quick to make some not-so-subtle commentary about the U.S. Constitution. 

“What a fitting person to be chosen by our Postal Service,” Clinton said. “Mentioned—by the way—in the Constitution, something we should all read and re-read in today’s times.”  

Anna Wintour, Michael Bloomberg, and Anderson Cooper were some of de la Renta’s colleagues and famous admirers gathered at Grand Central Station to reflect on his work in the fashion world. But it was Clinton’s speech that touched the most on de la Renta’s childhood in the Dominican Republic and his lasting legacy in the U.S. 

Clinton finished her speech by noting that the stamps, which are officially available Thursday, read “U.S.A. Forever.”

Said Clinton: “And let there be many, many more immigrants with the love of America that Oscar de la Renta exemplified every single day.” 

H/T the Cut 

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*First Published: Feb 16, 2017, 6:27 pm CST