Category Archives: Verbatim

Shepard Smith Tries to Calm Fox News Viewers

“There is no invasion. No one’s coming to get you. There’s nothing at all to worry about.”

— Fox News anchor Shepard Smith, dismissing President Trump’s claim of an invading caravan moving towards the Mexican border.

Another Authoritarian Jokes About Killing Journalists

“I love journalists, that’s why I may organize a special banquet for them this evening at the Saudi embassy.”

— Czech president Miloš Zeman, quoted by Euro News, apparently alluding to Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi’s death at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Trump Is Responsible for Recent Bad Acts

“Ordinarily, a politician cannot be held responsible for the actions of a deranged follower. But ordinarily, politicians don’t praise supporters who have mercilessly beaten a Latino man, as ‘very passionate.’ Ordinarily, they don’t offer to pay supporters’ legal bills if they assault protesters on the other side. They don’t praise acts of violence against the media. They don’t defend Nazi rioters as ‘fine people.’ They don’t justify sending bombs to their critics by blaming the media for airing criticism. Ordinarily, there is no historic surge in anti-Semitism, much of it targeted at Jewish critics, coinciding with a politician’s rise. And ordinarily, presidents do not blatantly exploit their authority in an effort to terrify white Americans into voting for their party.”

Adam Serwer

Gillum Demonstrates How to Call Someone a Racist Without Calling Them a Racist

“I’m not calling Mr. DeSantis a racist. I’m simply saying the racists believe he’s a racist.”

HuffPost, on challenger Ron DeSantis (R).

Biden: Trump Is More george Wallace than George Washington

“No president has ever led by fear. Not Lincoln. Not Roosevelt. Not Kennedy. Not Reagan. This president is more like George Wallace than George Washington!”

— Joe Biden, quoted by CNN at a rally in Florida.

Trump: ‘He’s Beautiful Ted’

“He’s not Lyin’ Ted anymore. He’s Beautiful Ted.”

— President Trump, saying he has buried the hatchet with his 2016 presidential rival Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) ahead of a campaign rally for the Republican senator in Houston, The Hill reports.

Graham Whines About Saudi Betrayal

“I’ve been the leading supporter along with John McCain of the U.S.-Saudi relationship. I feel completely betrayed.”

— Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), quoted by CNN.

Ted Cruz Won’t Call Trump a Friend

“He’s the president. I work with the president in delivering on our promises. What I told the president the week after the election, I said, ‘Mr. President, I want to do everything humanly possible to roll up my sleeves and lead the fight in the Senate to deliver on our promises.’”

— Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), declining to say whether he views President Trump as a friend or a foe, describing him as simply “the president,” the Washington Post reports.

Gillum: DeSantis is ‘Uniquely Unlikeable’

“He’s easily dislikable. I don’t think anybody could spend a lot of time with him and walk away feeling inspired or encouraged or believe that he in some way knows what it means to to live their life. They realize they can’t package him in that way.”

— Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum (D), telling the Tampa Bay Times that rival Ron DeSantis (R) is “a uniquely unlikeable candidate.”

Jared Kushner Is Not Qualified to Do Anything

“Is there anything that qualifies Jared Kushner to be dealing with any of these issues? He’s an unsuccessful real estate developer who inherited millions of dollars and married the president’s daughter. He’s completely unqualified. This is gross nepotism and it’s just an embarrassment that he has any power at all.”

— Jeffrey Toobin, quoted by The Hill.