Category Archives: Verbatim

McCain: A Free Press Protects Against Dictators

If you want to preserve — I’m very serious now — if you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free and many times adversarial press. And without it, I am afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time. That’s how dictators get started.

— Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), slamming President Trump’s attacks on the media this week, CNN reports.

Priebus Rails Against Anonymous Sources

I think that the media should stop with this unnamed source stuff. Put names on a piece of paper and print it. If people aren’t willing to put their name next to a quote, then the quote shouldn’t be listed.

— Reince Priebus, in an interview with CBS News.

Rather: Trump’s Russian Scandal Might Be as Big as Watergate

Watergate is the biggest political scandal of my lifetime, until maybe now. It was the closest we came to a debilitating Constitutional crisis, until maybe now. On a 10 scale of Armageddon for our form of government, I would put Watergate at a 9. This Russia scandal is currently somewhere around a 5 or 6, in my opinion, but it is cascading in intensity seemingly by the hour. … And we may look back and see, in the end, that it is at least as big as Watergate. It may become the measure by which all future scandals are judged. It has all the necessary ingredients, and that is chilling.

Dan Rather

Conway Retweets White Nationalist

I don’t know who had access to my account … I denounce whoever it is. It will be immediately deleted. Everybody makes mistakes.

— Kellyanne Conway, quoted by BuzzFeed, after she retweeted a white nationalist on Twitter.

Sanders: Trump Is ‘Delusional’

We have a president who is delusional in many respects, a pathological liar.

— Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), quoted by the Washington Post, adding that “it is very harsh, but I think that’s the truth.”

Trump’s TV Addiction Is a Problem

The president’s advisers have tried to curb his cable news consumption during the workday. But there are no limits when the president returns to the residence. During another recent telephone conversation, Trump briefly put down the phone so he could turn up the volume on a CNN report. When he returned to the call, he was complaining about ‘fake news.’

Associated Press

Cohen Questions Trump’s Mental Health

“I’ve been in this town for 26 years. I have never seen anything like this. I genuinely do not think this is a mentally healthy president… This is what happens when you have a narcissist as president.

— Former Bush State Department official Eliot Cohen, quoted by the Huffington Post.

Pelosi: It’s Too Soon to Talk About Impeachment

When and if he breaks the law, that is when something like that will come up.

— House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, saying so-called President Trump hasn’t acted in a way that warrants impeachment — yet, Politico reports.

Don’t Credit Trump with Creating ‘Disruption’

We must resist a bad habit infecting political commentary that sees Trump’s irresponsibility, bigotry and casual cruelty as a heroic form of “disruption” aimed at bringing down “the establishment.” No. The people in the streets rallying against Trump are not the establishment. Those political and business leaders who are, for now, playing along with and enabling Trump very much are the establishment.

E.J. Dionne

Sanders Says Trump Is a ‘Fraud’

It is hard not to laugh, to see President Trump alongside these Wall Street guys. I have to say this Jake, and I don’t mean to be disrespectful, this guy is a fraud.

— Sen. Bernie Sanders, in an interview on CNN.