Category Archives: Verbatim

Trump Redefines ‘Presidential’

“With the exception of the late, great Abraham Lincoln, I can be more presidential than any president that’s ever held this office.”

— President Trump, quoted by Fox News.

‘The Mooch’ Hits the Big Time

“I was left for dead on the street, and now I’m headed for Air Force One.”

— White House communications directory Anthony Scaramucci, quoted by the New York Times.

Trump Threatens Price If Healthcare Bill Fails

“Are you gonna get the votes? He better get them. He better get them. Oh, he better, otherwise I’ll say, ‘Tom, you’re fired.’ I’ll get somebody.”

— President Trump, at an event for Boy Scouts, threatening to fire Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price if Congress does not repeal the Affordable Care Act, the Daily Beast reports.

Even Corker Is Confused

“Things are starting to feel incoherent.”

— Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), quoted by the New York Times.

Gore Won’t Talk to Trump

“I have no real desire to talk to him anymore. I think he made such an obviously reckless and indefensible decision.”

— Al Gore, in an interview with Business Insider, on discussions with President Trump since he pulled out of the Paris climate change accord.

GOP Congressman Doesn’t Care What Trump Administration Does

“I don’t even pay any attention to what is going on with the administration because I don’t care. They’re a distraction. The family is a distraction, the president is a distraction. At first, it was ‘Well yeah, this is the guy we elected. He’ll learn, he’ll learn.’ And you just don’t see that happening.”

— Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID), quoted by Politico.

GOP Healthcare Is an Epic Fail

“By any measure, the collapse of the Senate health-care bill represents an epic failure for the Republican Party and a major embarrassment for President Trump. The crusade that animated — and bound — conservatives for seven years proved to be a mirage, an objective without a solution. Power comes with consequences.”

Dan Balz

Trump on Taking Responsibility for Healthcare

“Obama’s complaints about Republicans stopping his agenda are BS since he had full control for two years. He can never take responsibility.”

— Donald Trump, on Twitter, Sept. 26, 2012.

Trump’s Flip-Flop on Healthcare

“I alone can fix it.”

— Donald Trump, speaking at the Republican national convention in July 2016.

“I’m not going to own it.”

— President Trump, quoted by the AP, after the GOP effort to repeal Obamacare collapsed.

Steve Bannon’s Candid Assessment of Paul Ryan

“A limp-d*ck motherf**ker who was born in a petri dish at the Heritage Foundation.”

— White House adviser Stephen Bannon, quoted by HuffPost, describing Speaker Paul Ryan in the new book, Devil’s Bargain by Joshua Green.