Category Archives: Verbatim

Goldwater Would Have Been ‘Apalled’ by Trump

Ugh or yuck is my response. I think Barry would be appalled that his home was being used for that purpose. Barry would be appalled by Mr. Trump’s behavior — the unintelligent and unfiltered and crude communications style. And he’s shallow — so, so shallow.

— Susan Goldwater Levine, the widow of the late Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-AZ), when asked by the Washington Post about Donald Trump.

Fratto: Trump Candidacy Bad for GOP

I think the tailspin could be really bad — historic proportions bad. I think it’ll be a historically bad loss. I’ve said that from the very beginning.

— Former White House press secretary Tony Fratto, quoted by The Hill, on the impact of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign on the Republican party.

Republican Ex-Governor Endorses Clinton

I’m not often critical of the media, but I am this year. And it’s driven mostly by television, and ratings. They never really vetted Bernie Sanders, and to this day have not vetted Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton? Oh my God. No human being in history has been more vetted.


— Former Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson (R), quoted by City Pages, announcing his support for Hillary Clinton who he said is a “very kind, a very good person.”

Reid Suggests that GOPers Who Support Trump Agree with His Views on Women

When they get together, they can talk about their policies about being anti-woman. Since Sen. McConnell has so enthusiastically embraced Trump, we can only assume he agrees with Trump’s view that women are dogs and pigs.

— Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, quoted by Roll Call.

Obama Finally Says ‘Radical Islam’

There’s no magic to the phrase radical Islam. It’s a political talking point. The reason I am careful has nothing to do with political correctness and everything to do with defeating extremism. … ISIS wants to claim they are the true leaders of over a billion Muslims across the world who reject their crazy notions… That’s their propaganda, that’s how they recruit. If we fall into the trap of painting all Muslims with a broad brush we are doing the terrorists’ work for them.

— President Obama, responding to Donald Trump’s nonsense on NBC News.

The End of Political Pansies as We Know It

We were getting to be kind of pansies in politics. People used to shoot each other on the Senate floor, you know.

— Jeff Roe, former strategist for Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) presidential campaign, quoted by the Huffington Post.

Election a Referendum on What Kind of Country U.S. Will Be

This presidential contest is turning out to be more than a battle of Democrat vs. Republican, liberal vs. conservative, blue vs. red. Instead, yesterday’s dueling speeches by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on the Orlando shooting revealed it to be an even bigger fight over what kind of country the United States of America should be — open, inclusive and tolerant, or closed, divided and intolerant? That’s the choice.

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Gingrich Advocates a New House Un-American Activities Committee

Let me go a step further, because remember, San Bernardino, Fort Hood, and Orlando involve American citizens. We’re going to ultimately declare a war on Islamic supremacists and we’re going to say, if you pledge allegiance to ISIS, you are a traitor and you have lost your citizenship. And we’re going take much tougher positions. In the late 1930s, President Franklin Roosevelt was faced with Nazi penetration in the United States. We originally created the House Un-American Activities Committee to go after Nazis. We passed several laws in 1938 and 1939 to go after Nazis and we made it illegal to help the Nazis. We’re going to presently have to go take the similar steps here.

— Newt Gingrich, in an interview on Fox News.

Former GOP Senator Endorses Clinton

“I can’t believe I’m endorsing Hillary Clinton for president, but I am. This morning, I woke up and told my wife, ‘Did I really do that?’ But I did. … If someone had told me 10 years ago I would do this, I wouldn’t have believed them.”

— Former Sen. Larry Pressler (R-SD), who endorsed Hillary Clinton for president and called for universal background checks on all gun sales and an assault weapons ban in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, The Hill reports.

Trump’s Insecurity Is a ‘Black Hole’

For Trump, insecurity is not a manageable motivator. It is the black hole that consumes him…He has an almost pathological obsession with ratings, polls, flattering profiles…Every criticism, every judgment, every potential obstacle seems to evoke in him a latent rage, a sense that the world – as embodied in Manhattan’s unbreachable elite – is condescending to him again… The black hole, left unchecked, could swallow the party’s electoral hopes and leave no trace.

— Matt Bai, Yahoo News