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It’s Official — The U.S. Is Now the Laughingstock of the Entire World

Kimberly Alters of the Week covered Donald Trump’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly today. Here’s how it went:

President Trump addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on Tuesday, speaking directly to the gathered world leaders for the second time in his presidency. “One year ago, I stood before you for the first time,” Trump said to begin his speech, explaining that he planned to update U.N. leaders on the “extraordinary progress we’ve made.”

Rote introduction dispensed with, Trump’s solemn tone forecasted a serious, on-message speech. That is, until his very next sentence. “In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country,” he said — prompting laughter from his audience. Trump interrupted himself to say his declaration was “so true,” which only evoked heartier laughter from the crowd.

After an awkward beat, Trump relented: “Didn’t expect that reaction, but that’s okay,” he said with a half-smile. Again, the crowd laughed, this time with applause. Watch the stunning moment below.

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Kavanaugh Hearings an ‘Intergalactic Freakshow’

“I’m fairly confident that our founding fathers did not intend the process to work this way. So far it’s pretty much been an intergalactic freak show.”

— Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA), quoted by The Hill, on the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh.

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Republicans Can Be Funny — Sometimes

“Just attended the largest book launch party in history. Period.”

— Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), on Twitter, about Sean Spicer’s book event last night.

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GOP Candidate Claims Christendom Under Attack

“We are being told that Western civilization is the problem in the world. Outside of Western civilization there is only barbarism. … Our Judeo-Christian ethic is what is civilization. And that is what is under attack here and abroad. It also goes by a different name. Christendom. It’s under attack. And even speaking about it can bring you under attack. It has brought me under attack.”

— Kansas state Sen. Steve Fitzgerald (R), who is running for Congress, told a group of Republicans that “outside of Western civilization there is only barbarism,” CNN reports.

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GOP Lawmaker Blames Porn for Scool Shootings

“It’s available on the shelf when you walk in the grocery store. Yeah, you have to reach up to get it, but there’s pornography there. All of this is available without parental guidance. I think that is a big part of the root cause.”

— Rep. Diane Black (R-TN), asserting that pornography is a “big part” of what is driving the spike in school shootings, the HuffPost reports. She didn’t clarify what it is about porn that she thinks is leading to school massacres.

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Politics 101: Learn Your Opponent’s Name

“I don’t even know his name. I forget it.”

— Actor Antonio Sabato Jr. (R), quoted by the Ventura County Star, on Republican opponent Jeffrey Burum.

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Giuliani: ‘Truth Is Relative’

“Truth is relative. They may have a different version of the truth than we do.”

— Rudy Giuliani, quoted by the Washington Post, saying special counsel Robert Mueller may be setting a “perjury trap” for President Trump.

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The Way We Wish It Were

“If you have an ‘R’ next to your name and you open your mouth, you’re hated. If you’re a Democrat, like Elizabeth Warren, you can say anything you please and get away with it. That’s where we are.”

— Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R), quoted by the Boston Globe, while campaigning for Massachusetts U.S. Senate candidate Geoff Diehl (R).

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Alaska Lawmaker Blames Holocaust on Jews’ Lack of Guns

“How many Jews were put in the ovens because they were unarmed?”

— Rep. Don Young (R-AK), quoted by Alaska Public Media.

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Newt Gingrich Is Still Delusional

“The great political surprise of 2018 will be the size of the Republican victory. After members of the elite media have spent two years savaging President Trump, lying about Republican legislation, and reassuring themselves that Republican defeat was inevitable, the size of the GOP victory in 2018 will be an enormous shock.”

— Newt Gingrich, writing for Fox News.