Category Archives: Verbatim

He Might Not Have Invented It, But He Perfected It

“I think one of the greatest of all terms I’ve come up with is ‘fake.’”

— President Trump, quoted by The Hill.

How the Republican Party’s Standards Have Fallen

“Republicans used to care a whole lot about how a president comported himself, and whether he acted at all times with the dignity his station demands. … But hey, that was then! In 2017, there’s a whole new bar for tolerable conduct by the commander in chief. Our original guide cataloged several dozen examples. Almost five months later, it’s clear that an update is necessary. This expanded list is meant to ensure that Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and other congressional Republicans never forget what they now condone in a president.”

New York Times editorial board

Trump’s Coming Staffing Crisis

“The biggest threat to the Trump presidency, the markets and our ability to deal with future crises is the coming staff exodus. We cannot stress enough how many essential staff and officials want out — if not this quarter, then soon after the new year.”

Mike Allen

Mulvaney Has an Epiphany

“I’ve come to the realization that Washington is not going to solve the debt problem, the deficit problem, through spending.”

— White House budget director Mick Mulvaney, quoted by Politico, explaining his change in position on federal budget deficits.

Corker Muses About Trump’s Tweets

“I don’t know why the president tweets out things that are not true. You know he does it, everyone knows he does it, but he does.”

— Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN)’ quoted by the New York Times.

No Need to Verify that Quote

“Sir, we didn’t need to verify that he called you a moron, he did it behind your back.”

— MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle, responding on MSNBC to President Trump’s criticism that she never verified Rex Tillerson’s quote with him.

Why Americans Want Guns

“There is a sense that society is collapsing — the culture is collapsing. We’re collapsing in crime. The world is collapsing. Crazy people with bad haircuts have nukes. Everything is going bad — terrorism, etc. They want to be fully armed on their hill, at home… They’re Americans, and they want to go down fighting.”

— Peggy Noonan on “Morning Joe”

GOP Governors Launch ‘Fake News’ Site

“The Republican Governors Association has quietly launched an online publication that looks like a media outlet and is branded as such on social media. The Free Telegraph blares headlines about the virtues of GOP governors, while framing Democrats negatively. It asks readers to sign up for breaking news alerts. It launched in the summer bearing no acknowledgement that it was a product of an official party committee whose sole purpose is to get more Republicans elected. … Only after the Associated Press inquired about the site last week was a disclosure added to The Free Telegraph’s pages identifying the publication’s partisan source.”

Associated Press

The Looming Republican Rebellion

“I think there’s going to be a rebellion against everybody, not just leadership. If we get to December and we’ve not repealed Obamacare, don’t build the wall… it’s not going to be pretty.”

— Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), quoted by Axios.

The One Thing Ivanka Is Good For — Ending Meetings

“Mr. Trump often invites his daughter Ivanka Trump into meetings to signal their conclusion — or to keep his interlocutors off balance. When Ms. Trump entered the office toward the end of the discussion on Wednesday, ostensibly to discuss tax reform, Republicans in the room reacted with astonishment and annoyance. … Mr. McConnell, who is barely on speaking terms with the president, quietly seethed, according to two people familiar with the situation. He breezed past other lawmakers and staff members in purse-lipped silence when he returned to the Capitol.”

New York Times