Category Archives: Verbatim

Dalai Lama: Trump Lacks Moral Principle

“His emotions are also a little bit,” he said, making a gesture waggling his finger near his temple. “One day he says something, another day he says something. But I think there is a lack of moral principle. When he became president, he expressed America first. That is wrong. America, they should take the global responsibility.”

— The Dalai Lama to the BBC

Ryan: Trump Stands Up for the ‘Forgotten Man’

“He’s not taking any crap. I mean, he’s taking on political correctness; he’s taking fights that a lot of people want to see fought. The forgotten man that he speaks to is a person that finally feels like they’re being taken seriously, they’re being paid attention to. And he’s concerned about their issues. … That is the guttural core of what I would call the party base right now, the Trump base.”

— Former Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), telling PBS Newshour that President Trump’s popularity is because he stands up for the “forgotten man.”

‘Electability’ Is a Feeback Loop

“Some pundits and voters say one candidate — former Vice President Joe Biden — is the most electable, so they tell pollsters they want Biden, which produces media coverage that reinforces the idea that Biden is most electable, which then filters back down to voters concerned about ‘electability.’”

NBC News

Buttigieg’s ‘Black Problem’

“Pete has a black problem. I don’t know of one black person out of Indiana that supports him.”

— Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH), quoted by the Daily Beast, on Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

Axelrod: Biden’s Strategy Not Viable

“It is not a tenable strategy… His message is that he’s the guy who can beat Donald Trump and he is viewed as the least risky choice. Over time, if the only interactions he has is around these screwups and gaffes, then he is going to start losing that message.”

— David Axelrod, quoted by the Daily Beast, saying Joe’s Biden’s media avoidance strategy isn’t viable.

Buttigieg Describes After-Affects of Afghanistan Deployment

“Of course, it’s the effect of having been exposed to danger,.. I think, also, some moral pressure. Any time, in any way, you are even remotely involved in killing, it takes something out of you, and it takes a lot of work to process that.”

— Pete Buttigieg, quoted by Axios, on experiencing depression returning from Afghanistan after a 7-month deployment in 2014.

Sanders Hopes to Be Remembered as ‘Honest’

“I hope that it will be that I showed up every day and I did the very best job that I could to put forward the president’s message, to do the best job that I could to answer questions. To be transparent and honest throughout that process and do everything I could to make America a little better that day than it was the day before.”

— White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, telling Politico that she hopes to be remembered as being “transparent and honest” when her tenure comes to an end. Stormy Daniels: “And I hope to be remembered for being a virgin.”

Buttigeig Calls for End to Electoral College as ‘Undemocratic’

“Twice in my young lifetime I’ve seen the American people overruled by the Electoral College. It’s time for that to go because it’s undemocratic.”

— Pete Buttigieg, doubling down on his support for getting rid of the Electoral College, calling the institution “undemocratic,” The Hill reports.

FEC Clarifies U.S. Election Law for Trump

“Let me make something 100% clear to the American public and anyone running for public office: It is illegal for any person to solicit, accept, or receive anything of value from a foreign national in connection with a U.S. election. This is not a novel concept.“

— Ellen Weintraub, the head of the Federal Election Commission, “released a statement on Thursday evening reiterating, emphatically, that foreign assistance is illegal in U.S. elections,” Politico reports.

Trump Is Seeking Foreign Help

“Trump continues to show every sign of hoping and expecting to benefit from foreign collusion in 2020. In May, he intended to send Rudy Giuliani to Ukraine to pressure the government to supply dirt on Joe Biden. He and his ally, Mitch McConnell, are blocking measures (including ones with bipartisan support) to help safeguard elections against foreign attacks and social media propaganda. … His message to Russia, or any other government that wants a close relationship with him, is obvious: do anything you can to help me win.”

Jonathan Chait