Category Archives: Verbatim

More Proof Arizona Is the Dumbest State

“The idea that we force someone to give up their liberty for the sake of the collective is not based on American values but rather, Communist.”

— Arizona state Rep. Kelly Townsend (R), quoted by the Arizona Republic, arguing against mandatory vaccinations. She signed her Facebook post “live free or die.”

Inslee Enters Democratic Primary Race

“We’re the first generation to feel the sting of climate change, and we’re the last who can do something about it. We went to the moon, and created technologies that have changed the world. Our country’s next mission must be to rise up to the most urgent challenge of our time — defeating climate change.

— Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) “became the latest Democrat to launch a 2020 presidential bid, asserting in a video that he is the only candidate who will make combating climate change the nation’s top priority,” the Washington Post reports.

Warren Pledges Not to Pardon if Elected President

“So let me be perfectly clear, in the way that everyone who might be President next should be: If I’m elected President of the United States, there will be no pardons for anyone implicated in these investigations.”

— Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), writing on Medium.

Hanoi: Amateur Hour and the Limits of Reality-TV Diplomacy

“What we saw in Hanoi was amateur hour with nuclear weapons at stake and the limits of reality-TV diplomacy.”

— Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), quoted by The Hill.

Gosar Explains Away Climate Change Via Photosynthesis

“Unfortunately you haven’t been taught about photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is where plants take carbon dioxide to produce oxygen. That’s a problem in today’s world. We haven’t taught kids exactly what’s going on in America and in science.”

— Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), offering an interesting explanation for why he thinks climate change isn’t real, Axios reports.

A Warning from Cohen for Republicans

“I did the same thing you’re doing now for 10 years… protecting Mr. Trump. The more people that follow Mr. Trump blindly are going to suffer the same consequences I’m suffering.”

— Michael Cohen, testifying at the House Oversight Committee hearing yesterday.

Christie: Why Are No Republicans Defending Trump?

“The interesting thing is that there hasn’t been one Republican yet who has tried to defend the president on the substance, and I think that’s something that should be concerning to the White House. Why are no Republicans standing up and defending the president on the substance?”

— Former Gov. Chris Christie (R), in an interview on ABC News about the Michael Cohen hearings.

Trump Explained — By Clinton

“I’ve had so many guys who did business with him in real estate say you know he’d have a $15 million dollar profit from a real estate deal which he would call $150 million and then he would call everybody and beg them not to contradict the press because he was going to tell them it was 150 million not 15 million. That’s how he sees negotiations. So if he can put lipstick on a pig and he can say OK this is what we’re going to do with North Korea. And he keeps saying it over and over again and Fox News says it over and over again and other outlets say it over and over again. And the so-called mainstream media does their both sides ism. Well he said this but then somebody else says that he wins the news he wins the news cycle.”

— Hillary Clinton, in an interview with Tina Brown, on President Trump’s negotiating style.

Castro Touts Work Ethic

“I don’t golf, so I’m going to work a lot harder than this president.”

— Julian Castro (D), quoted by the Dallas Morning News.

If Mueller’s Conducting a Witch Hunt, He’s Found the Coven

“We know he’s indicted 37 people and 199 different counts, including Trump’s inner circle. People like Michael Flynn, his national security adviser, Paul Manafort, his campaign manager, Michael Cohen, his personal lawyer. So if this is a witch hunt Mueller’s found a coven at this point.”

— Former acting Solicitor General Neil Katyal, on Meet the Press.