Category Archives: Verbatim

With Mulvaney, Money Talks

“We had a hierarchy in my office in Congress. If you’re a lobbyist who never gave us money, I didn’t talk to you. If you’re a lobbyist who gave us money, I might talk to you.”

— White House budget director Mick Mulvaney, quoted by the New York Times.

NYT Editors Go It So Wrong

“The day Trump announced he was running, I admitted to a couple of Times editors that I’d watched eight seasons of ‘The Apprentice’ and that we should do a story about it. They told me political reporters wouldn’t be writing about Trump. ‘We have enough candidates to cover,’ one editor said. ‘Let the TV writers do it.’”

— Amy Chozick, in her new book “Chasing Hillary.”

Cohen’s Fear of Prison Will Make Him Flip on Trump

“He’s not suited to stand up to the rigors of jail life… Michael doesn’t see himself walking down Broadway while people are clamoring, ‘you’re going to be my wife.’”

— Longtime Trump legal adviser Jay Goldberg, telling CNN that he’s thinks Michael Cohen will turn on President Trump and cooperate with federal prosecutors because he’s worried about getting raped in prison.

Comey’s Not a Republican Anymore

“The Republican Party has left me and many others. I just think they’ve lost their way and I can’t be associated with it.”

— James Comey, telling ABC News that he no longer considers himself a Republican.

Judicial Nominee Won’t Comment on Landmark Civil Rights Ruling

“I don’t mean to be coy but I think I can get into a difficult, difficult area when I start commenting on Supreme Court decisions — which are correctly decided and which I may disagree with.”

— Wendy Vitter, one of President Trump’s judicial nominees, refusing to say whether the landmark civil rights case Brown v. the Board of Education was correctly decided, CNN reports. The seminal opinion held that state laws requiring separate but equal schools violated the Constitution.

Cohen Whines to Get His ‘Stuff Back’

“I just want my stuff back.”

— Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, quoted by the Daily Beast, after FBI agents raided his home and office.

GOP Congressman: Trump Is Like a ‘Really Stupid Forrest Gump’

“It’s like Forrest Gump won the presidency, but an evil, really f**king stupid Forrest Gump.”

— An unnamed Republican congressman, who publicly supports President Trump, in an interview with conservative writer Erick Erickson.

Republicans Worry Trump Will Sack Mueller

“It would be suicide for the president to want to talk about firing Mueller.”

— Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), quoted by Politico.

The Coming Storm

“It’s hard to believe then that when Republicans lose the House in 2018, maybe by 40 or 50 seats, that House is not going to impeach him. And it’s also hard to believe that a U.S. Senate that’s going to be scared to death, though may still be in Republican hands, is not going to take a serious look when it has to deal with this president. So get good legal help now, because the storm is coming.”

— GOP strategist Alex Castellanos, quoted by The Hill.

Soulless Ted Nugent Bloviates on ‘Soullessness’

“I’m afraid to say this and it hurts me to say this, but the evidence is irrefutable, they have no soul.”

— Ted Nugent, interviewed by Newsmax, on the Parkland students’ demands for new gun control laws.