Category Archives: Verbatim

Attorney General Sessions Doesn’t Understand Judicial System

“I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the President of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and Constitutional power.”

— Attorney General Jeff Sessions, quoted by CNN, criticizing a federal judge in Hawaii that has blocked President Trump’s travel ban.

Cruz Tries to Pre-Blame Dems for GOP’s Government Shutdown

“You know, I very much hope we don’t have a shutdown. I will say I’m concerned. I think Chuck Schumer and the Democrats want a shutdown.”

— Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), quoted by the Texas Tribune.

Mitch McConnell Fears Elizabeth Warren

“I’ve spoken to him, but he has not spoken to me. I say hello to Mitch every chance I get, and he turns his head.”

— Sen. Elizabeth Waren (D-MA), quoted by the Boston Globe, noting how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has given her the cold shoulder.

There’s No Point in Trying to Understand Trump

“What on earth is the point of trying to understand him when there is nothing to understand? Calling him a liar is true enough, but liars have some cognitive grip on reality, and he doesn’t. Liars remember what they have said before. His brain is a neural Etch A Sketch. He doesn’t speak, we realize; he emits random noises. He refuses to take responsibility for anything. He can accuse his predecessor and Obama’s national security adviser of crimes, and provide no evidence for either. He has no strategy beyond the next 24 hours, no guiding philosophy, no politics, no consistency at all — just whatever makes him feel good about himself this second. He therefore believes whatever bizarre nonfact he can instantly cook up in his addled head, or whatever the last person who spoke to him said. He makes Chauncey Gardiner look like Abraham Lincoln.”

Andrew Sullivan

A Fired Bannon’s ‘Kill Bill’ Scenario

“I asked friends and foes alike to imagine how, should Bannon get the boot, the pugnacious populist might exact his revenge. … Taken together, their suggestions amount to an epic, Kill Bill-style revenge saga that starts with Bannon leaking personal dirt on his enemies to the tabloids, using the megaphone of Breitbart News to exacerbate divisions inside the administration, and siccing an army of internet trolls on his adversaries to harass and defame them. It ends with Bannon using Cambridge Analytica data to identify and primary their vulnerable allies in Congress, then releasing a ‘Where Trump Went Wrong’ documentary on the eve of the November midterms and finally—in this revenge fantasy’s epic climax—running against Trump himself in 2020.”

Ben Schreckinger

Trump’s Broken Promises Making It Harder for GOP to Win in Midterms

“It’s hard to win if you don’t govern. If you make these promises, it’s going to be hard for us to win in the midterms.”

— RNC chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel, quoted by the Washington Examiner.

Congressman Claims to Pay Own Congressional Salary

“You say you pay for me to do this? That’s bullcrap. I pay for myself. I paid enough taxes before I got here and continue to through my company to pay my own salary.”

— Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), quoted by The Hill, telling constituents at a town hall meeting that they don’t pay his salary.

An Expert’s Analysis of On-Air Lying

“You can turn on the TV — more than you can read in the paper because I assume editors are still doing their jobs in most places — and people literally say things that just aren’t true.”

— Kellyanne Conway, quoted by Elle, as the audience at the Newseum burst into laughter.

Amash Wants a Healthcare Do-Over

“Let’s start over in a bipartisan way… We should have worked with Democrats from the very beginning. At the end of the day, you cannot pass legislation … that affects so many people and not have it be bipartisan.”

— Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), quoted by MLive, on the failed GOP effort to repeal Obamacare.

Why Trump Should Keep Bannon Close

“If Bannon is cut loose, the old Washington adage of ‘better to have your enemy inside the tent pissing out’ will come into play. The coverage of Trump in the Bannon/Mercer echo chamber will go from ‘gushing hagiography’ to ‘more in sorrow than in anger’ to ‘Trump is now a globalist cuck shill for the ZOG’ faster than Andrew Breitbart can rotate in his grave. … Another reason firing Bannon is fraught with risk: Bannon is running the Russia pushback operation from inside the White House. He’s up to his ample ass in the Nunes shenanigan with NSC staffer Ezra Cohen-Watnik and White House Counsel’s Office staffer Mike Ellis. Bannon doesn’t just want to protect Trump over the Russia allegations; he wants to protect Russia, a nation he sees as an essential ally in his new alliance of white Christian nations against the Muslim horde. Does Trump really want Bannon, angry and in the wind, declaring his own jihad?”

Rick Wilson