Category Archives: Verbatim

Pruitt as ‘Swampy as You Get’ in Washington

“He is about as swampy as you get here in Washington, D.C., and if the president wants to drain the swamp, he needs to take a look at his own cabinet.”

— Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), blasting allegations of ethical misconduct by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, Bloomberg reports. “Pruitt’s tenure at the Environmental Protection Agency is under intensifying scrutiny, with at least 10 federal investigations probing his $50-per-night rental of a bedroom in a Capitol Hill condominium from a lobbyist, his frequent taxpayer-funded travel and his spending decisions.”

Putin Explains Why There Has Not Been a Russia-U.S. Summit During Trump’s Term

“You should ask our colleagues in the United States. In my opinion, this is the result of the ongoing acute political struggle in the United States. Indeed, Donald Trump and I have, firstly, met more than once at various international venues and secondly, we regularly talk over the phone.”

— Russian President Vladimir Putin, quoted by Axios, on why there hasn’t been a U.S.-Russian summit meeting yet.

Trump Behind NFL First Amendment Fumble

“Tell everybody, you can’t win this one. This one lifts me.”

— Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said that President Trump told him that criticism of NFL players who protest during the national anthem is “a very winning, strong issue for me,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

‘Make America 1929 Again’

“This is dumb. Europe, Canada, and Mexico are not China, and you don’t treat allies the same way you treat opponents. We’ve been down this road before—blanket protectionism is a big part of why America had a Great Depression. ‘Make America Great Again’ shouldn’t mean ‘Make America 1929 Again.’”

— Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE), quoted by the Washington Post, on President Trump’s decision to impose steel and aluminum tariffs.

Boehner: There Is No Republican Party

“There is no Republican Party. There’s a Trump party. The Republican party is taking a nap somewhere.”

— Former Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), quoted by WDIV-TV.

Stone Says He Won’t Roll on Trump

“I will never roll on Donald Trump. John Dean I am not.”

— Roger Stone, quoted by New York magazine, appearing on the Alex Jones radio show to raise money for his legal defense.

GOP Lawmaker Blames Porn for Scool Shootings

“It’s available on the shelf when you walk in the grocery store. Yeah, you have to reach up to get it, but there’s pornography there. All of this is available without parental guidance. I think that is a big part of the root cause.”

— Rep. Diane Black (R-TN), asserting that pornography is a “big part” of what is driving the spike in school shootings, the HuffPost reports. She didn’t clarify what it is about porn that she thinks is leading to school massacres.

Politics 101: Learn Your Opponent’s Name

“I don’t even know his name. I forget it.”

— Actor Antonio Sabato Jr. (R), quoted by the Ventura County Star, on Republican opponent Jeffrey Burum.

Romney Squishy on Trump

“I don’t think that I would point to the president as a role model for my grandkids on the basis of his personal style. He has departed in some cases from the truth, and has attacked in a way that I think is not entirely appropriate. I think that his policies have been by and large a good deal better than I might have expected. But some of the things he has said are not ones that I would aspire for my grandkids to adopt.”

— Utah U.S. Senate candidate Mitt Romney (R), in an interview with NBC News.

Trump Still Believes Kim Is Not Playing Him

“I truly believe North Korea has brilliant potential and will be a great economic and financial nation one day. Kim Jong Un agrees with me on this. It will happen!”

— President Trump, on Twitter.