Category Archives: Verbatim

Colbert: Cuomo’s Comment ‘the Dumbest Thing’ He Could Say

“That is the dumbest thing you could say as a politician. That’s like closing your speech with, ‘Apple pie sucks, I’m lukewarm on the troops, and those stripes make the American flag look fat! Thank you, I hate my mother!’”

— Stephen Colbert, slamming New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) for saying America “was never that great” this week, declaring on the CBS Late Show that the line was “the dumbest thing you could say as a politician.”

Franken: It Will Take More than a Synonym to Save Trump

“It wasn’t that long ago that nearly every Trump tweet included a NO COLLUSION! But those have become few and far between since Giuliani came up with ‘collusion isn’t a crime.’ The thing is, collusion IS a crime, if you collude with somebody to break a law. That’s called ‘conspiracy’… You can’t get out of a crime by finding a synonym. … If that were the case, all any criminal defense lawyer would need is a thesaurus… This is the kind of insult to everyone’s intelligence that Trump specializes in.”

Al Franken

McRaven Asks Trump to Revoke His Security Clearance

Former CIA director John Brennan, whose security clearance you revoked on Wednesday, is one of the finest public servants I have ever known. Few Americans have done more to protect this country than John. He is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don’t know him. Therefore, I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance as well, so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency.

— William McRaven, who oversaw the 2011 Navy SEAL raid in Pakistan that killed Osama bin Laden, wrote an open letter to President Trump in the Washington Post.

Cuomo: America Was ‘Never that Great’

“We’re not going to make America great again, it was never that great.”

— Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), quoted by ABC News.

Trump Cannot Silence Brennan

“This action is part of a broader effort by Mr. Trump to suppress freedom of speech and punish critics. It should gravely worry all Americans, including intelligence professionals, about the cost of speaking out. My principles are worth far more than clearances. I will not relent.”

— Former CIA Director John Brennan, responding on Twitter to President Trump revoking his security clearance.

GOP Getting Progressively Weirder

“If I were coming of age today and my example for conservatism was based on Donald Trump, Laura Ingraham, and Sean Hannity, would I sign up? I can’t imagine that I would join that cause. Should this trend continue, it’s going to be increasingly hard for Republicans to attract thoughtful, compassionate, and even sane supporters. If that happens, not only will the GOP become progressively whiter, older, more rural, and more male, it will also become…weirder.”

Matt Lewis

Constituent Heckles Jones Over Kavanaugh Vote

“You have enough information. We love you. But you will vote no. And you have enough information to vote no. You can kiss my ass if you vote yes. You can kiss my ass if you vote yes. You can kiss my ass.”

— Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) “was heckled at a town hall meeting Monday night in Birmingham when a woman threw a pair of stuffed lips in the senator’s direction while venting her anger that Alabama’s junior senator is keeping an open mind on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh,” the Birmingham News reports.

Roger Stone Shares ‘Space Force’ Image with Swastikas

“I love this — proud to be in this crew — but the only lies being told are by liberal scumbags.”

— Roger Stone, sharing an image on Instagram of himself, President Trump and several other Trump allies wearing spacesuits with swastikas on them. He’s since deleted the image.

Kudlow: The ‘Blue Wall Has Crashed’

“The confidence indices are telling a very important story, and POTUS is polling in the low to mid fifties on the economy. The great blue wall has crashed. I think GOP will lose seats but keep the House.”

— White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, quoted by Politico.

Trump Excoriated Don Jr. After Russia Meeting

“He is such a f–k up. He screwed up again, but this time, he’s screwing us all, big-time!”

— President Trump, after learning Donald Trump Jr. had released emails about a controversial Trump Tower meeting attended by a Kremlin-connected lawyer who had promised dirt on Hillary Clinton, according to Omarosa Manigault Newman’s forthcoming book, the New York Daily News reports.