Category Archives: Verbatim

Jared Kushner Is Not Qualified to Do Anything

“Is there anything that qualifies Jared Kushner to be dealing with any of these issues? He’s an unsuccessful real estate developer who inherited millions of dollars and married the president’s daughter. He’s completely unqualified. This is gross nepotism and it’s just an embarrassment that he has any power at all.”

— Jeffrey Toobin, quoted by The Hill.

Biden: It’s Appropriate to Question His Age

“I think it’s totally appropriate for people to look at me and say if I were to run for office again, ‘Well God darn you’re old.’ … Well, chronologically, I am old.”

— Joe Biden, saying that it would be “totally legitimate” to question his age if he mounts a White House bid in 2020, CNN reports.

Warren Ramping Up Heat on Trump

“I took this test and released the results for anyone who cares to see because I’ve got nothing to hide. What are YOU hiding, Donald Trump? Release your tax returns – or the Democratic-led House will do it for you soon enough. Tick-tock, Mr President.”

— Sen. Elizabeth Warren, on Twitter, on taking a DNA test to prove her Native American heritage.

Trump Feels at Home with Backstabbing and Bad Mouthing

“Washington DC is a vicious, vicious place. The attacks, the bad mouthing, the speaking behind your back, but you know, and in my way, I feel very comfortable here.”

— President Trump, in an interview on 60 Minutes.

Trump Pledges, Won’t Pledge, Doesn’t Pledge to Not End Mueller Investigation

“Well, I — I don’t pledge anything. But I will tell you, I have no intention of doing that. I think it’s a very unfair investigation because there was no collusion of any kind. There is no collusion. I don’t want to pledge. Why should I pledge to you? If I pledge, I’ll pledge. I don’t have to pledge to you. But I have — I have no intention of doing that.”

— President Trump, in an interview on 60 Minutes, on whether he would pledge not to fire special counsel Robert Mueller.

Candidate Drops Out After Remarks About Parkland Survivor

“I’m not supposed to speak ill of David Hogg because he is a ‘survivor.’ Apparently if you survive horrific events, that makes the stupidity spewing out of your mouth above reproach. I disagree. Hogg can burn in hell, I don’t care what he survived. Survivors who wage war on my country are my enemies.”

— Steven Baleshiski (R), a legislative candidate in Connecticut, who made harsh comments about Parkland High shooting victims, quit his race after losing town committee backing, the Hartford Courant reports. Republicans hope to find a new candidate.

A Concise Explanation of Arizona

“The states are the laboratories of democracy. And my state, Arizona, is clearly the meth lab of democracy.”

— Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), speaking at Netroots Nation in 2010.

Why Trump’s Rallies Are Worrisome

“Much of the coverage of these events tends to be theatre criticism, or news stories about a single inflammatory line or two, rating Trump’s performance or puzzling over the appeal to his followers. But what the President of the United States is actually saying is extraordinary, regardless of whether the television cameras are carrying it live. It’s not just the whoppers or the particular outrage riffs that do get covered, either. It’s the hate, and the sense of actual menace that the President is trying to convey to his supporters. Democrats aren’t just wrong in the manner of traditional partisan differences; they are scary, bad, evil, radical, dangerous. Trump and Trump alone stands between his audiences and disaster.”

Susan Glasser

Stephen Miller Was Already a Freak in Third Grade

“He was a strange dude. I remember he would take a bottle of glue — we didn’t have glue sticks in those days — and he would pour the glue on his arm, let it dry, peel it off and then eat it… he had such strange personal habits. He was a loner and isolated and off by himself all the time.”

— Teacher Nikki Fiske, quoted by the Hollywood Reporter, recounting having White House adviser Stephen Miller in her third grade class.

UPDATE: Fiske has been suspended by the Santa Monica–Malibu Unified School District for the “public release of student information,” NBC reports.

Melania Ignores Husband’s Multiple Infidelities

”I’m a mother and a first lady, and I have much more important things to think about and to do.”

— First lady Melania Trump, brushing aside allegations of infidelity on her husband’s part, telling ABC News that she has no time for what she calls media speculation and gossip.