Pakistani activist and Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai appeared on David Letterman’s Netflix show, “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction”, on International Women’s Day.
Following in the footsteps of previous guests Barack Obama and George Clooney, the 20-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner joined Letterman to talk about her support for girls’ education, her life at Oxford University, and, of course, her opinion on Donald Trump.
“What do you think about President Trump?” the legendary talk show host asked Yousafzai, a subject he’d avoided bringing up when previously chatting with former U.S. President Obama.
Yousafzai turned the question back around on Letterman, saying, “Well, I’m in the UK, so what do you think about him?”
“I have many things to say on this topic. And you want me to be candid, right?” the host laughed. “I believe… oh, boy,” he continued. “I feel personally, not politically, but personally, he is not fit to represent me. I don’t think he’s fit to represent anyone in this room.”
Yousafzai agreed with Letterman, speaking specifically about Trump’s proposal to ban Muslim immigrants from coming into the United States.
“I know, a ban on Muslims! And I’m as Muslim,” Yousafzai said. “Some… things have really disappointed me, things about sexual harassment and a ban on Muslims and racism. You see all these things and you feel that America, being known for human rights and a country of liberty and freedom, that country should be leading in terms of human rights.”
Yousafzai, who started her undergraduate studies in philosophy politics and economics last October, went on to talk about education, the cause she is most well known for.
“The governments need to invest more money into education. Business people, everyone who is part of society, they need to start thinking about investing in girls and their education. We just need an ambition and an intention. What to do is then easy,” she explained.
In October 2012, Yousafzai was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in her home country of Pakistan because of her activism, but the incident turned the then 15-year-old into a public figure of courage and hope due to her continued fight for girls’ education in the face of such adversity.
“I would hope that many people would have stood up and stood up against extremists, against not just the extremists, not just the people, but against the ideology,” she told Letterman.
“Because that’s what we have to fight against: the ideology that exists there that does not accept women as equal to men [and] that does not accept women to have the right to education.”
The full interview with Yousafzai is currently available on Netflix.