Category Archives: Verbatim

Lawmaker Accurately Describes Alabama’s Abortion Vote

“I think that we raped women last night.”

— Alabama state Sen. Bobby Singleton (D), in a CNN interview, on passing a bill outlawing abortion in his state.

Trump the Most ‘Fiscally Irresponsible’ President in Generations

“Donald Trump has shown himself to be the most fiscally irresponsible president we have had in generations. Here’s a guy who’s managed to rack up a $2 trillion deficit at a moment of full employment in the country, it’s almost impossible to do that.”

— Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), telling CBS News that President Trump was the most fiscally reckless president in decades.

Sounds Like a Constitutional Crisis

“Our constitutional system never contemplated a President like Donald Trump. The Framers anticipated friction among the three branches of government, which has been a constant throughout our history, but the Trump White House has now established a complete blockade against the legislative branch, thwarting any meaningful oversight. The system, it appears, may simply be incapable of responding to this kind of challenge.”

Jeffrey Toobin

Democrats Don’t Have a Power Agenda

“The Democratic Party has lots of policy ideas. But policymaking is downstream from power. The kinds of policies that get crafted, considered, and passed, reflect the balance of power in society. And for all the clarity and rigor Democrats bring to the policy debate, they don’t have a clear theory of power — who they think holds it, and what, if anything, they want to do about it.”

Ezra Klein

Blumenthal: Enforce the Subpoena of Donald Trump Jr.

“The subpoena should be enforced. If he refuses to obey it, he should be locked up. … There are no privileges for Donald Trump Jr. The son of the president doesn’t have any of those privileges.”

— Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said Donald Trump Jr. should go to jail if he doesn’t comply with a subpoena to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee, The Hill reports.

But the Weapons Testing IS Negotiating

“The relationship continues. We’ll see what happens. I know they want to negotiate. They are talking about negotiating, but I don’t think they are ready to negotiate.”

— President Trump, quoted by the Washington Post, on North Korea continuing weapons testing.

Texas Lawmaker Calls Vaccination Science ‘Sorcery’

“Make the case for your sorcery to consumers on your own dime. Like every other business. Quit using the heavy hand of government to make your business profitable through mandates and immunity. It’s disgusting. … Parental rights mean more to us than your self-enriching ‘science.’”

— Texas state Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R), responding to a top vaccine scientist’s tweets about vaccination exemptions by accusing him of ‘sorcery,’” The Hill reports.

Buttigieg on Countering Trump

“I have a very different energy than this president. There’s going to be a temptation to kind of play his game. If you’re playing his game, you’re losing. Nobody’s going to play his game better than he does and so we’ve got to do something completely different. The good news is Americans as a rule tend to go for the opposite of whatever they just had in a presidential election.”

— Mayor Pete Buttigieg, in an interview with NBC News.

New NRA President Is a Racist

“It is wrong to say like McBath said, that the reason she won was because of her anti-gun stance. That didn’t have anything to do with it — it had to do with being a minority female.”

— National Rifle Association president Carolyn Meadows, telling the Marietta Daily Journal that Rep. Lucy McBath (D-GA) only won her seat in 2018 because she’s black. McBath unseated Rep. Karen Handel (R-GA) on an anti-gun violence platform based on her backstory: Her son was shot and killed in 2012 after a loudness complaint.

Georgia Still Full of Racist ‘Christians’

“I have black friends, I hired black people. But when it comes to all this stuff you see on TV, when you see blacks and whites together, it makes my blood boil because that’s just not the way a Christian is supposed to live.”

— Councilman Jim Cleveland defending “the mayor of Hoschton, a nearly all-white community 50 miles northeast of Atlanta, [who] allegedly withheld a job candidate from consideration for city administrator because he was black,” the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. Mayor Theresa Kenerly told a member of the City Council she pulled the resume of Keith Henry from a packet of four finalists “because he is black, and the city isn’t ready for this.”