Category Archives: Verbatim

Newt Channels Donald, Rips Mitt as ‘Pathetic’

It’s pathetic… I don’t know what happened to Mitt, but it is weird; it is bizarre. Having a guy like that go berserk in public makes you wonder what his problems are.

— Newt Gingrich, lambasting Mitt Romney for his failed drive to derail Donald Trump, calling his actions “pathetic” and his effort “not particularly effective,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

Gingrich Angling to Be Trump’s Veep

I think Newt is lobbying to be the vice president, and I think their people are paying a lot of attention to him. … It’d be a ticket with six former wives, kind of like a Henry VIII thing. They certainly understand women.

— Trump super PAC operative Ed Rollins, acknowledging that Newt Gingrich “has, in effect, launched his own campaign” to become Donald Trump’s running mate, National Review reports.

Clinto: Don’t Normalize Trump

I do not want Americans and, you know, good-thinking Republicans, as well as Democrats and independents, to start to believe that this is a normal candidacy.

“Continuing to treat a victory over Senator Bernie Sanders as a fait accompli, Hillary Clinton on Sunday questioned Donald Trump’s business record and assailed his ideas, warning that the coming weeks represented a critical period in which, if left unchallenged, Mr. Trump could ‘normalize himself’ as he seeks to broaden his support,” the New York Times reports.

Trump’s Hidden Threat

To say ‘Well, he would not really have the power to accomplish that’ is to misunderstand the nature of thin-skinned authoritarians in power. They do not arrive in office and discover, as constitutionalists do, that their capabilities are more limited than they imagined. They arrive, and then make their power as large as they can.

— Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker

Perry Willing to Be Trump’s Veep

I suspect I’m going to be helping him in a myriad ways — but if it’s the vice presidency, if a cabinet position is where he needs somebody with my experience then I’m not going to go back to Texas and say, ‘Aw shucks sir, I’m gonna go fishing.’ I’m gonna go serve my country.

— Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), who once called Donald Trump “a cancer on conservatism,” told CNN that he would be willing to serve as the presumptive Republican nominee’s vice president.

Feel the Stalk?

Is it just me, or is the relationship between Bernie and the Democratic party starting to get that ex-boyfriend that is turning into a stalker vibe?

Facebook commenter David Teek, in response to a post about the behavior of Bernie Sanders supporters in the wake of the recent Nevada Democratic convention.

Clooney on Spreading Out the Trump

Twenty-four-hour news doesn’t mean you get more news. It just means you get the same news more.

Actor George Clooney, explaining at the Cannes Film Festival why America won’t elect Donald Trump and blaming much of the candidate’s popularity on his treatment in the press.

Warren Says She’ll ‘Fight My Heart Out’ to Defeat Trump

What happens next will test the character for all of us – Republican, Democrat, and Independent. It will determine whether we move forward as one nation or splinter at the hands of one man’s narcissism and divisiveness. I know which side I’m on, and I’m going to fight my heart out to make sure Donald Trump’s toxic stew of hatred and insecurity never reaches the White House.

— Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on Facebook

Ryan Says He’s ‘Not Ready’ to Back Trump

I think conservatives want to know: Does he share our values and our principles? There’s a lot of questions conservatives are going to want answers to.

— Speaker Paul Ryan, the nation’s highest-ranking elected Republican, telling CNN that he was “not ready” to endorse Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee.

Trump Candidacy Bodes Well for Clinton

This has been an exceedingly unpredictable year. Although we remain convinced that Hillary Clinton is very vulnerable and would probably lose to most other Republicans, Donald Trump’s historic unpopularity with wide swaths of the electorate – women, millennials, independents and Latinos – make him the initial November underdog.

Cook Political Report