Category Archives: Verbatim

No GOPers Step Forward in Defense of McCain

“Why have no Republican U.S. Senators stepped forward and expressed their absolute f**king outrage about these attacks on American hero John McCain by a White House staffer? It is despicable and the cowardice is nauseating.”

— GOP strategist Steve Schmidt, on Twitter.

That’s No Reason to Vote for Haspel

“Nobody wants a weenie in that job.”

— Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA), quoted by the New York Times, on why he supports CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel.

Kelly ‘Fesses Up to Jingoistic, Racist Views

“They’re overwhelmingly rural people. In the countries they come from, fourth-, fifth-, sixth-grade educations are kind of the norm. They don’t speak English; obviously that’s a big thing… They don’t integrate well; they don’t have skills. They’re not bad people. They’re coming here for a reason. And I sympathize with the reason. But the laws are the laws.”

— White House chief of staff John Kelly, in a NPR interview.

Merkel: Europe Can No Longer Count on the U.S.

“It’s no longer the case that the United States will simply just protect us. Rather, Europe needs to take its fate into its own hands. That’s the task for the future.”

— German Chancellor Angela Merkel, saying Europe can no longer count on the U.S. for military protection and must “take its destiny into its own hands,” Bloomberg reports.

Thank You for Imprisoning and then Returning Our Citizens!

“We want to thank Kim Jong Un, who really was excellent to these three incredible people.”

— President Trump, quoted by Politico, on the return of three Americans who had been imprisoned by North Korea.

Pence Is Actually Worse than Trump

“Donald Trump, with his feral cunning, knew. The oleaginous Mike Pence, with his talent for toadyism and appetite for obsequiousness, could, Trump knew, become America’s most repulsive public figure. And Pence, who has reached this pinnacle by dethroning his benefactor, is augmenting the public stock of useful knowledge. Because his is the authentic voice of today’s lickspittle Republican Party, he clarifies this year’s elections: Vote Republican to ratify groveling as governing. … There will be negligible legislating by the next Congress, so ballots cast this November will be most important as validations or repudiations of the harmonizing voices of Trump, Pence, Arpaio and the like. Trump is what he is, a floundering, inarticulate jumble of gnawing insecurities and not-at-all compensating vanities, which is pathetic. Pence is what he has chosen to be, which is horrifying.”

George Will

Bigly in the Extreme

“One tragicomic element of Trump’s presidency is that the more he tries to tear down Obama’s legacy, the bigger he makes Obama look.”

— Ben Rhodes, former Obama Administration foreign policy advisor, reacting to Trump’s announcement that the United States will no longer participate in monitoring Iran’s nuclear program.

It’s Unclear Whether Trump Watches CNN

“I don’t watch them at all. I watched last night.”

— President Trump, in a Fox & Friends interview, insisting that he doesn’t watch CNN.

Macron Predicts Trump Will Pull Out of Iran Deal

“My view — I don’t know what your president will decide — is that he will get rid of this deal on his own, for domestic reasons. … It can work in the short term but it’s very insane in the medium to long term.”

— French President Emmanuel Macron, saying he believes President Trump will pull out of the Iran nuclear deal as part of “a strategy of increasing tension,” BuzzFeed News reports.

With Mulvaney, Money Talks

“We had a hierarchy in my office in Congress. If you’re a lobbyist who never gave us money, I didn’t talk to you. If you’re a lobbyist who gave us money, I might talk to you.”

— White House budget director Mick Mulvaney, quoted by the New York Times.