Category Archives: Verbatim

The ‘Stable Genius’ Speaks

“I’m an extremely stable genius. OK?”

— President Trump, quoted by Politico, after Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested an intervention was needed at the White House.

Weld Rachets Up Attacks on Trump

“I celebrate that America has always been a melting pot. It seems he would prefer an Aryan nation.”

— President Trump’s lone Republican primary challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, ratcheting up his attacks on the president, ABC News reports.

Obama Is More Popular than Jesus

“Barack Obama is literally more popular than Jesus among Democrats. Unfortunately, neither the former president nor any of the party’s 23 candidates currently seeking the 2020 nomination know quite what to do with that information.”

The Atlantic

Pelosi Says Trump Had a ‘Temper Tantrum’

“Sadly, the only job the president seems to be concerned with is his own. He threatened to stop working with Democrats on all legislation unless we end oversight of his administration and he had a temper tantrum for us all to see.”

— Speaker Nancy Pelosi, quoted by USA Today, after President Trump walked out of a meeting today.

Schiff Prefers Giuliani to Barr

“I think Bill Barr has all the duplicity of Rudy Giuliani without all the good looks and general likability of Rudy Giuliani.”

— House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA), quoted by Politico.

North Korea Says Mean Things About Joe Biden

As the 2020 presidential race heats up, North Korea’s official news agency called Joe Biden a “snob bereft of elementary quality as human being.” They added: “He is self-praising himself as being the most popular presidential candidate. This is enough to make a cat laugh.” The news agency also called the former vice president a “fool of low IQ” and said he “had the temerity to insult the supreme leadership” of North Korea.

Bloomberg

Trump Doesn’t Know How Laws Are Made

“We’re changing laws as rapidly as we can get them through the courts.”

— President Trump, in an interview on Fox News, revealing a misunderstanding of how laws are supposed to be made.

Biden” No Risk, But Little Satisfaction

“After watching the Biden campaign thus far and Philly rally yesterday, my takeaway is that his candidacy is like one of those ‘casual’ nice restaurants that you go to b/c they have a big menu and everyone in your group can find something they’ll eat. … No one is unhappy (look, honey they have grilled cheese for the kids and I can get a salad), but no one walks away thinking that was an amazing meal or experience. It’s not risky, but it’s also not totally satisfying either.”

Amy Walter

Elizabeth Warren Changes the Abortion Debate

“Elizabeth Warren is not afraid. Today, she set out a proposal to integrate Roe v. Wade’s provisions for access to abortion into federal law. She even framed her proposal this way: Congress Can Protect Choice. And she’s right. Congress can legislate on abortion; the matter can be settled through politics, rather than through a strained parsing of the Constitution by the courts. Political arguments can be made, and countered. Voters can go to the polls to support candidates who will vote for such a law, which will make any previous Supreme Court ruling irrelevant.”

Andrew Sullivan

Steyer Amps Up Pressure on Dems

“This is a message for leaders of the Democratic Party. For over two years, this president has broken the law, and nothing happened. You told us to wait for the Mueller investigation. And when he showed obstruction of justice, nothing happened.”

— A new advertisement from Tom Steyer, quoted by the Washington Post.