Category Archives: Verbatim

The End of the GOP

On the surface, this seems like a normal Republican convention. There are balloon drops, banal but peppy music from the mid-1970s and polite white people not dancing in their seats. … But this is not a normal convention. Donald Trump is dismantling the Republican Party and replacing it with a personality cult. The G.O.P. is not dividing; it’s ceasing to exist as a coherent institution.

David Brooks

Warren Critiques Trump’s Speech in One Sentence

He sounded like some two-bit dictator of some country you couldn’t find on a map.

— Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), quoted by The Week, on Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention.

Stone Pillories Lewandowski

Corey Lewandowski is like Bob Haldeman without the charm. I mean, he’s an advance man. I’m a political strategist. I have elected other people to public office… He’s a pimple on the ass of history.

— Ex-Trump adviser Roger Stone, quoted by Yahoo News.

Ted Cruz Defends His Speech

I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father …. Neither he nor his campaign has taken back a word of what they said about my family. … In that speech last night, I did not say a single negative word about Donald Trump. And I’ll tell you, this morning and going forward I don’t intend to say negative things about Donald Trump.”

— Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), defending “distancing himself from Donald Trump, refusing to say he’s voting for Trump and ripping the Republican National Convention’s response to his speech the night before,” The Hill reports.

Plouffe Confident About Clinton’s Chances to Win

Hillary Clinton can lose Florida, Ohio and Virginia — and I think she’ll win all 3 — and still be president.

— David Plouffe, quoted by Bloomberg.

Trump Adviser Says Hillary Clinton Should Be Shot

She is a disgrace for the lies that she told those mothers about their children that got killed over there in Benghazi… This whole thing disgusts me, Hillary Clinton should be put in the firing line and shot for treason.

Mh2>— New Hampshire state representative Al Baldasaro (R), an adviser to Donald Trump on veterans issues, asserting that Hillary Clinton should be put in a firing line and shot for treason, BuzzFeed reports.

Facts Won’t Change Trump, Clinton Voters’ Mind

People whose support for Trump arises from animosity toward Clinton or discontent with the status quo are unlikely to be swayed by facts or revelations about Trump’s truthfulness or policy, and the same goes for Clinton supporters who loathe Trump.

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Could George Bush Have Been the Last Republican President?

I’m worried that I will be the last Republican president.

— George W. Bush, quoted by Politico, talking to Bush administration alumni about the state of the Republican party.

Trump Represents a Three-Decade Decline of the GOP

Trumpism may have parallels in populist, nativist movements abroad, but it is also the culmination of a proud political party’s steady descent into a deeply destructive and dysfunctional state. … While that descent has been underway for a long time, it has accelerated its pace in recent years. We noted four years ago the dysfunction of the Republican Party, arguing that its obstructionism, anti-intellectualism, and attacks on American institutions were making responsible governance impossible. The rise of Trump completes the script, confirming our thesis in explicit fashion.

— Norm Ornstein and Thomas Mann, on Vox.

King: Whites Have Contributed More to Civilization

This whole business does get a little tired… I would ask you to go back through history and figure out where are these contributions that have been made by these other categories of people that you are talking about, where did any other subgroup of people contribute more to civilization?

— Rep. Steve King (R-IA), challenging MSNBC panelists to name a “subgroup” that contributed more to civilization than white people.