Category Archives: Verbatim

Trump Finally Comfortable with His Basket of Deplorables

“After four national security advisers, three chiefs of staff, three directors of oval office operations and five communications directors, the president is now finding the White House finally functions in a way that fits his personality. Trump doubters have largely been ousted, leaving supporters to cheer him on and execute his directives with fewer constraints than ever before.”

Politico

Schiff Suspects Obstruction in the Oval Office

“I believe that there is an effort to prevent this information getting to Congress. And if the assertion is accurate … then at one level or another, it likely involves either the president or people around him.”

— House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA), quoted by CBS News, on the White House trying to stifle a whistleblower complaint.

Trump Wants Us to Believe He’s Not as Dumb as We Think He Is

“Knowing all of this, is anybody dumb enough to believe that I would say something inappropriate with a foreign leader while on such a potentially ‘heavily populated’ call. I would only do what is right anyway, and only do good for the USA!”

— President Trump insisted on Twitter that he would never “say something inappropriate with a foreign leader” over the phone because he’s well aware “many people” listen into his calls.

McCarthy Suggests Annexing Mexico

“There is a process to become states for the United States. Clearly 30 million Mexican illegal immigrants want to be United States citizens, probably half the country wants to be United States citizens.”

— Daniel McCarthy (R), who is challenging Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) in the Republican primary, suggesting the United States annex Mexico, RealClearPolitics reports. McCarthy also suggested that adding some “beachfront property” to U.S. territory might be nice.

Manchin Brings Clarity to O’Rourke Gun Comments

“Beto’s one human being. He gave his own opinion, OK? I think it was very harmful to make it look like all the Democrats. I can tell you one thing: Beto O’Rourke’s not taking my guns away from me. You tell Beto that, OK?”

— Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), quoted by the Wall Street Journal.

Swalwell Prepped for Lewandowski Testimony with His 2-Year-Old

“I practiced at home yesterday with my two-year old.”

— Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), telling KCBS Radio how he prepared for Corey Lewandowski’s combative testimony before the House Judiciary Committee.

Pay Attention to What They Do, Not What They Say

“It’s so easy to get distracted by political theatrics, but it’s so important not to lose sight of the forest for the trees. Tectonic changes in public policy under the Trump administration will have a vastly greater impact on the lives of everyday Americans than anything he tweets or any stunt his former campaign manager pulls on Capitol Hill. A flurry of mostly under-the-radar stories over the past 24 hours put in stark relief why it’s more important to pay attention to what the president and his appointees do than what they say.”

James Hohman

Carter Calls Trump a ‘Disaster’

“I don’t know who I will vote for, but I will vote for one of them. I voted for Bernie the last time. But one of the major factors I have in my mind is who can beat Trump. Because I think it would be a disaster to have four more years of Trump.”

— Former President Jimmy Carter called President Trump “a disaster,” the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

Lewandowski Admits Lying to Media

“I have no obligation to be honest to the media because they’re just as dishonest as anybody else.”

— Corey Lewandowski, quoted by Axios, during testimony before the House Judiciary Committee.

Sean Spicer Embarrasses Himself — Again

“Despite its best efforts, America could not shame Sean Spicer out of joining Dancing With the Stars. So there was the former White House press secretary on the ABC reality show’s 28th season premiere on Monday night, wearing a frilly yellow shirt that evoked Big Bird and a pair of tight-fitting white pants. … It didn’t get any better after that.”

Daily Beast