Nichole Leigh Mosty, member of parliament for Bright Future, was on the verge of tears at the beginning of her speech to Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament during so-called kitchen day discussion last night, Vísir reports.
While no cooking takes place, kitchen day discussions refer to closing speeches before summer recess in Alþingi, where MPs discuss the main events of the parliamentary session and stress their policies.
Nichole spoke sincerely and expressed her gratitude for being the second first-generation immigrant to deliver a parliamentary address during the kitchen day discussions. Pawel Bartoszek, MP for the Reform Party, had done so previously in the same discussion.
“Undoubtedly, not everyone find it remarkable, but I want to tell you why I think it is,” she began her address, continuing as she was moved to tears on the podium.
“It hasn’t always been easy for me to be an immigrant in Alþingi and that probably hasn’t escaped anyone’s attention. I don’t always have everything under control and sometimes I misspeak. I represent a governing party at a time where it’s simply not popular to be in power. I’ve thought to myself that it might just be easier to be part of the opposition because I am who I am; I’m different”, said Nichole. Many Icelanders undoubtedly remember her from the news last March, when she closed her Facebook account, as a result of abuse she received on social media.
“I don’t want people to knock on my door and speak to me in such a way. In front of my children. Unfairly and unjustly. And I don’t want that on Facebook either. So, I’d rather close it off. I want to shield my loved ones from it,” Nichole told Vísir in March. She has since reopened her Facebook account.