Category Archives: Verbatim

Sanford: Trump Has ‘Unearthed Some Demons’

“Respectfully, I’d submit that the president has unearthed some demons. I’ve talked to a number of people about it back home. They say, ‘Well, look, if the president can say whatever, why can’t I say whatever?’ He’s given them license… There is a total weirdness out there.”

— Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC), quoted by the Washington Post.

How Republicans ‘Normalize’ Violent Behavior

“Every time something like Montana happens, Republicans adjust their standards and put an emphasis on team loyalty. They normalize and accept previously unacceptable behavior.”

— Conservative former talk show host Charlie Sykes, quoted by the Washington Post.

Boehner Doesn’t Want to Be President

“I don’t want to be president. I drink red wine. I smoke cigarettes. I golf. I cut my own grass. I iron my own clothes. And I’m not willing to give all that up to be president.”

— Former Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), quoted by RigZone.

Trump’s GOP Condones Violence Against Reporters

“Of course not. It’s not appropriate behavior. Unless the reporter deserved it.”

— Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), quoted by the AP, when asked if assaulting a reporter is appropriate behavior, following U.S. House candidate Greg Gianforte’s (R-MT) assault on a reporter on the eve of a special election in Montana.

HUD Sec Carson Thinks Poverty Is a ‘State of Mind’

“I think poverty to a large extent is also a state of mind.”

— HUD Secretary Ben Carson, quoted by the Washington Post.

Trump Budget a Massive Scam of Voters

“There are numerous Trump lies being forced out into the open right now. Trump claimed he would not touch Medicaid and simultaneously that he’d repeal Obamacare and replace it with something better for all. It was a lie for Trump to claim he wouldn’t touch Medicaid; it was a lie to suggest preserving Medicaid and repealing Obamacare were compatible; it was a lie to claim that his repeal-and-replace plan would result in better coverage for everybody. If anything, the White House’s justifications only throw the scale and audacity of these intertwined scams, lies and betrayals into even sharper relief.”

Greg Sargent

Franken Hates Cruz

“I like Ted Cruz probably more than my colleagues like Ted Cruz, and I hate Ted Cruz.”

— Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), in an interview with USA Today.

Summers: Trump’s Budget Wouldn’t Pass Econ 101

“Details of President Trump’s first budget have now been released. Much can and will be said about the dire social consequences of what is in it and the ludicrously optimistic economic assumptions it embodies. My observation is that there appears to be a logical error of the kind that would justify failing a student in an introductory economics course.”

— Former Fed Chairman Larry Summers

Twitter Co-Founder Apologizes for Trump

“It’s a very bad thing, Twitter’s role in that. If it’s true that he wouldn’t be president if it weren’t for Twitter, then yeah, I’m sorry.”

— Twitter co-founder Evan Williams, quoted by the New York Times, on Donald Trump’s claim he wouldn’t be president if it weren’t for Twitter.

Bush: ‘Chaos Organizes the Presidency’

“When I ran for office, I said he is a chaos candidate and would be a chaos president. Unfortunately, so far chaos organizes the presidency right now.”

— Jeb Bush, in an interview with CNN.