Category Archives: Verbatim

Everybody’s Got Trump Fatigue

“The truth is, Trump fatigue is a condition that knows no party, and many Republicans are as tired of this shit as anybody else. That’s not to say they’re outraged, or motivated to Make a Difference. They’re just tired. You can live inside the right-wing bubble in a state of depression, resigned to the fact that, yeah, every five minutes or so, the president is probably going to do something norm-shattering or potentially impeachable, and no, you probably won’t or can’t do anything to change that. Sad!”

Olivia Nuzzi

General: ‘There Is Blood on Trump’s Hands’

“There was no chance Erdogan would keep his promise, and full blown ethnic cleansing is underway by Turkish supported militias. This is what happens when Trump follows his instincts and because of his alignment with autocrats. … I said there would be blood, but could not have imagined this outcome.”

— Gen. John Allen, the former commander of American forces in Afghanistan, told CNN that there is “blood on Trump’s hands for abandoning our Kurdish allies.”

Kasich Suggests Congressional Republicans ‘Look in the Mirror’

“Look in the mirror and figure out how you want to be remembered later and how you feel about yourself today.”

— Former Gov. John Kasich, in a CNN interview, giving advice to fellow Republicans in Congress.

Pelosi: Trump Undermining the Constitution

“Just impeaching Trump for his bad behavior isn’t worth it. But, if he challenges our system of checks and balances as he is doing, if he undermines our democracy, our electoral system, as he is doing, if he undermines his own oath of office as he is doing, it is a challenge to our Constitution.”

— Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in an interview with the New Yorker.

Roger Stone Tries to Incite Riot — from Jail

“Try to impeach him, just try it. There will be a spasm of violence and insurrection in this country like you’ve never seen. Both sides are heavily armed. A politician who votes for it will be endangering their own life.”

— Trump confidant Roger Stone, quoted by Yahoo News.

Green Sums Up Republican Politicians’ Position Succinctly

“Yeah, I disagree with what he’s doing now, I wish it wasn’t happening, but I still fully support it.”

— Rep. Mark Green (R-TN), on NPR, talking about President Trump and his pullout of troops from Syria.

Former Watergate Special Prosecutors Find Reasons Trump Should Be Impeached

“In reaching these conclusions, we take note of 1) the public statements by Trump himself; 2) the findings of former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation; 3) the readout that the president released of his phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky; 4) the president’s continuing refusal to produce documents or allow testimony by current and former government employees for pending investigations, as well as for oversight matters; and 5) other information now publicly available, including State Department text messages indicating that the release of essential military aid to Ukraine was conditioned on Ukraine’s willingness to commence a criminal investigation designed to further the president’s political interests.”

— Seventeen former Watergate special prosecutors writing in the Washington Post that President Trump should be impeached.

Conway: There Is No ‘Voice of Moral Clarity’ in the GOP

“I don’t think there is a voice of moral clarity of any weight in the Republican Party today, and I think that’s just terribly sad… I think it’s just amazing to me that there really isn’t anyone.”

— George Conway, on Stay Tuned with Preet.

Trump Says ISIS Fighters Will Escape to Europe, Not the U.S.

“They’re going to be escaping to Europe.”

— Donald Trump, when asked if he was concerned that Islamic State fighters would be able to escape because of Turkey’s military operation in Syria, he predicted that the militants would not travel to the United States, CBS News reports. His comment was apparently meant to reassure Americans.

What the Old Lindsey Graham Said About Impeachment

“The day Richard Nixon failed to answer that subpoena is the day he was subject to impeachment because he took the power from Congress over the impeachment process away from Congress, and he became the judge and jury.”

— Rep. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), on the Senate floor arguing in favor of Bill Clinton’s impeachment in 1998.