Category Archives: Verbatim

Sanders: ‘Access’ Ain’t the Same as ‘Having’

I have access to buying a $10 million home. I don’t have the money to do that.

— Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), quoted by the New York Times, slamming Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) for saying that Americans would have “access” to health care insurance under a Trump administration.

Weakest President Ever!

Before Trump, only four men became president without winning a plurality or majority of the popular vote. Only one lost a greater percentage of the vote than Trump. Three of them served only one term. Three assumed office under clouds of illegitimacy. Each of these presidents, raised to the office against the popular will, was marked by the defect of their election. None evaded the debility of their unpopular elections. Either they were so politically hampered they lacked credibility and could do little, or else they tried to defy their original sin by governing as though they had solid mandates and disintegrated.

Sidney Blumenthal

LePage: Lewis Should Thank White Presidents

I will just say this: John Lewis ought to look at history. It was Abraham Lincoln who freed the slaves, it was Rutherford B. Hayes and Ulysses S. Grant who fought against Jim Crow laws. A simple thank you would suffice.

— Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R), asserting “that the NAACP should apologize to white America, making the comment just hours after he weighed in on the president-elect’s Twitter beef with a civil rights icon, saying U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) should be grateful,” the Portland Press Herald reports.

Nixon Not on Par with Trump’s Level of Corruption

I don’t think Richard Nixon even comes close to the level of corruption we already know about Trump.

— Former Nixon White House counsel John Dean, in an interview with The Atlantic.

Trump — The Sorest of Winners

To Trump’s many self-assigned superlatives, he can now add another: the sorest winner. With charity for none and with malice toward all but his supporters, he has in the past two months set a new standard for gracelessness in victory.

Dana Milbank

Wait for the Three Ds when Trump Can’t Deliver

The new U.S. president will be operating on a very weak political foundation, is very unlikely to be able to deliver the results he has promised to key constituencies, and seems likely to take dangerous gambles in the international arena. This makes it probable that a cycle of growing disillusion, disappointment and disapproval will set in within a year.

Larry Summers

Journalism Facing a ‘Hellscape of Lies and Distorted Reality’

Journalists are in for the fight of their lives. And they are going to have to be better than ever before, just to do their jobs. They will need to work together, be prepared for legal persecution, toughen up for punishing attacks and figure out new ways to uncover and present the truth. Even so — if the past really is prologue — that may not be enough.

Margaret Sullivan

Graham ‘Apologizes’ to Cruz

I want to apologize to Ted for saying he should be killed on the Senate floor.

— Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), quoted by The Hill, in a joint interview with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

Mexico Is Not Paying for the Wall

It is evident that we have some differences with the new government of the United States, like the topic of the wall, that Mexico of course will not pay.

— Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, reiterating “that Mexico would not pay for a border wall between it and the U.S., despite President-elect Donald Trump’s claims to the contrary earlier in the day,” Politico reports.

Grassley: Trump’s Immune to Blackmail

It seems to me that when you go back through the campaign and all the things that Trump said that ought to give him political problems and all the things that were caught on tape? — ?that he would probably just as soon not have the world know about it? –? it’s kind of improbable to me that anybody who knows anything about Trump? — ?that’s going to end up hurting Trump. And he was elected President of the United States.

— Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), telling WBZ in Boston that he’s not concerned that Russia may have information which could compromise President-elect Donald Trump.