Category Archives: Verbatim

Kelly Guilty of ‘Dereliction of Duty’

“To put it in terms the general would understand, his handling of the Porter scandal amounts to dereliction of duty.”

— A White House official, quoted by the Washington Post, calling chief of staff John Kelly “a big fat liar” in his handling of the Rob Porter abuse scandal.

Mulvaney Says He Could Have Balanced the Budget Using ‘Funny Numbers’

“I probably could’ve made it balance. But you all would’ve rightly absolutely excoriated us for using funny numbers to do it.”

— Budget director Mick Mulvaney, quoted by the Wall Street Journal, on the Trump administration’s budget proposal.

Omarosa Warns Pence Would Be Worse than Trump

“You would be worried about Pence, We would be begging for days of Trump back if Pence became president. He’s extreme. I’m Christian, I love Jesus, but he thinks Jesus tells him to say things.”

— Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault, quoted by Entertainment Weekly.

GOP Candidate Defends ‘No More Mosques’ Comment

“So I just made a statement, I’m a Christian that believes we ought to propagate our Christian faith. So I see an article and I retweet, ‘no more mosques in America,’ you know, and like, and share. So I retweeted it. So yeah. So what? I believe in Christian — I believe in liberties, freedom, free speech, and Christian values is kind of my base. And so yeah, I posted it, so no big deal. I’m not that stressed out over it.”

— North Dakota U.S. Senate candidate Gary Emineth (R), defending in a radio interview his sharing an image on Twitter that said no more mosques should be built in the United States.

Gillibrand Suggests Congressional Hearings for Trump Sex Abuse Claims

“If he wants due process for the over dozen sexual assault allegations against him, let’s have Congressional hearings tomorrow. I would support that and my colleagues should too.”

— Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), slamming President Trump for his tweet questioning a lack of “due process” in abuse claims, saying that Congress could hold hearings about sexual misconduct allegations against him if he wanted due process, The Hill reports.

Bannon Rails Against ‘Anti-Patriarchy’ Movement

“It’s a Cromwell moment! It’s even more powerful than populism. It’s deeper. It’s primal. It’s elemental. The long black dresses and all that — this is the Puritans! It’s anti-patriarchy. … You watch. The time has come. Women are gonna take charge of society. And they couldn’t juxtapose a better villain than Trump. He is the patriarch.”

— Steve Bannon, quoted in a new edition of the book “Devil’s Bargain” as sharply criticizing what he terms the “anti-patriarchy movement” — that is, the movement against sexual harassment and assault — saying he believes it will “undo ten thousand years of recorded history,” CNN reports.

Quincy Jones Dated Ivanka!

“It’s Trump and uneducated rednecks. Trump is just telling them what they want to hear. I used to hang out with him. He’s a crazy motherf**ker. Limited mentally — a megalomaniac, narcissistic. I can’t stand him. I used to date Ivanka, you know.”

— Quincy Jones, in an interview with Vulture, on what has stirred up racism in the United States.

EPA Head Say Global Warming Might Be a Good Thing

“I think there’s assumptions made that because the climate is warming, that that necessarily is a bad thing.”

— EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, in an interview with KSNV-TV, doubting if rising global temperatures are actually harmful to humans. He also suggested that global warming could be seen as a good thing for people, adding that civilizations tend to flourish when it’s warm.

God to Bachmann: Don’t Run!

“I considered it for quite a long time. From the very first day when Al Franken had announced his resignation from the U.S. Senate, I went before the Lord and it became very clear to me that I wasn’t hearing any call from God to do this.”

— Former Rep. Michele Bachmannn (R-MN), telling a radio host that after much prayer, she has decided that God does not, in fact, want her to make a bid for U.S. Senate.

Trump: Just Another Old Bald Guy with an Elaborate Comb-Over

“It may seem cheap and low to mock Trump’s absurd efforts to conceal his hair loss. But Trump is a man obsessed with image in ways that go beyond the normal human concern with looking presentable. Image is Trump’s moral code. He dismisses his political rivals for being short… Trump’s absurd hair is of a piece with his lifelong attempt to market himself as a brilliant deal-maker and stable genius. So yes, it is okay to laugh when the ruse is exposed.”

Jonathan Chait