Category Archives: Verbatim

Trump Concedes Debate Defeat

Yeah, she did a good job.

— Donald Trump, caught on camera in a candid moment with his son after last night’s debate.

Dean Suggests Trump Had Cocaine Sniffles

Notice Trump sniffing all the time. Coke user?

— Former Gov. Howard Dean, on Twitter.

Times’ Clinton Endorsement Savages Trump

Voters attracted by the force of the Trump personality should pause and take note of the precise qualities he exudes as an audaciously different politician: bluster, savage mockery of those who challenge him, degrading comments about women, mendacity, crude generalizations about nations and religions. Our presidents are role models for generations of our children. Is this the example we want for them?

— From the New York Times editorial board

Springsteen Calls Trump a ‘Moron’

The republic is under siege by a moron, basically. The whole thing is tragic.

— Bruce Springsteen, in an interview with Rolling Stone, when asked to comment on Donald Trump.

POTUS Has a Potty Mouth

I curse more than I should, and I find myself cursing more in this office than I had in my previous life. And fortunately both my chief of staff and my national-security adviser have even bigger potty mouths than me, so it’s O.K.

— President Obama, in a Vanity Fair interview with historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Trump Gets His Moderator Facts Wrong — Again

Lester is a professional, but we’ll see what happens … By the way, Lester is a Democrat. It’s a phony system. They are all Democrats. It’s a very unfair system. I’ve worked pretty well within the system.”

— Donald Trump, in a Fox News interview, on debate moderator Lester Holt, who has been a registered Republican longer than Trump has.

Donald Trump, Ex-Birther

Not to mention her in the same breath but Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy. I finished it. I finished it. You know what I mean. President Barack Obama was born in the United States, period. Now we all want to get back to making America great again.

— Donald Trump, reversing himself and acknowledging the fact that President Obama was born in the United States, the AP reports.

Trump Could Win

If you aren’t seriously contemplating the biggest black-swan event in American electoral history, you aren’t paying attention. … Fifteen months ago, Donald Trump was a reality-TV star with a spotty business record and a weird penchant for proclaiming he was on the verge of running for president. Now, he’s perhaps a few big breaks and a couple of sterling debate performances away from being elected 45th president of the United States. … And, no, stranger things haven’t happened.

Rich Lowry

Hillary Stuck in a Bubble

For all the public grind of this campaign, for all her public presence on the world stage over the past two decades, Clinton herself has increasingly spent her days in a kind of purdah, suppressing spontaneous utterances and surrounded by loyalists whose chief role is her care and feeding. She communicates only through a veil of unyielding self-protection, surrounded by a curtain of defensiveness. … So nowadays, almost no one outside Clinton’s innermost circle ever sees the tender side that loyal aides and friends insist is such a palpable part of her personality, but I can attest that it is there.

Todd Purdum

Axelrod: The Media Is a Necessary Filter

The media may be a dirty filter at times, but it’s the filter through which you communicate to the American people. It impedes your effectiveness if you view this as a relentlessly adversarial relationship.

— David Axelrod, in an interview with NPR.