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Stupidest Quotes of the Week – October 24, 2020

“He’ll listen to the scientists.  If I listened totally to the scientists, we would right now have a country that would be in a massive depression instead – we’re like a rocket ship.  Take a look at the numbers.”

President Donald Trump, at a rally in Carson City, Nevada, on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s pending response to the COVID-19 pandemic

“Who do these people think they are? Debate commission will mute the mics? Can you imagine if they’d-a told Abraham Lincoln we’re gonna mute the microphone if you don’t shut up, sir?

“Abe Lincoln would say, why do you think people are gonna be there? To watch you hit the mute button? Who do these people think they are?

“You know, if I didn’t know better, I would swear that the debate commission is trying to get Trump to pull out of this. I think they’re goading Trump. I think they’re trying to provoke him into pulling out of this thing by announcing they’re going to mute microphones.

“Look, I understand when these people — and these are tiny people compared to Donald Trump, folks. Whoever’s on this debate commission, they are tiny people. Now, they think that they are the country’s elite — and, hell, they may be.

“I mean, given the definition of elite and who these people that think they run the country are. But they are tiny people compared to the giant that is Donald Trump.

“Donald Trump is a giant of achievement, a giant of personality, a giant of appetite, a giant of energy. There isn’t a single person in American politics that can hold a candle to Donald Trump.

“There’s not a person that can keep up with him energy-wise. There isn’t a person with his drive. There isn’t anybody close to his ambition at his age.

That’s who they are. So they come along and they threaten to mute his microphone. I don’t think these people want Biden taking a risk of looking like a deer in the headlights when confronted with his treason.

“The treason that involves these deals between his son Hunter and Hunter’s buddies and Biden’s family members that resulted in the massive enrichment of the Biden family.

“Donald Trump, however he has earned his money, he has not done it via corruption of the United States government. Donald Trump has not enriched himself by sticking his hand into the U.S. Treasury like all of these other government players do.”

Rush Limbaugh, on his radio show, criticizing microphone muting rules for the October 22 presidential debate

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Worst Quote of the Week – October 24, 2020

“You turn on CNN, that’s all they talk about: COVID, COVID, pandemic, COVID, COVID, COVID.  People are tired of COVID. People are saying, ‘Whatever. Just leave us alone.’ They’re tired of it.”

President Donald Trump, lamenting ongoing coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, at a campaign rally in Las Vegas

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Best Quotes of the Week – October 24, 2020

“Trump is his own worst enemy.  He is basically helping Biden make his case about his response to the pandemic.  Dr. Fauci is one of the most popular figures in America, even if Trump’s base doesn’t like him.”

Cornell Belcher, Democratic pollster, on Donald Trump’s relentless criticism of Dr. Anthony Fauci

“I can’t imagine what purpose is served by going after a man trusted by 68% of Americans on the most important issue facing the country.”

Whit Ayres, Republican pollster, on Trump’s ongoing verbal attacks on Fauci

“Homosexuals have a right to be part of the family,” the pontiff said in. “They’re children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out, or be made miserable because of it.”

Pope Francis, startling the Catholic faithful with his sudden support of same-sex unions, in “Francesco,” a documentary about his life

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Tweets of the Week – October 17, 2020

Dr. Anthony Fauci throws first pitch of 2020 baseball season.

Mercedes Schlapp

Trump Adviser Mercedes Schlapp Defends Biden ‘Mr Rogers’ comment.

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Best Quotes of the Week – October 17, 2020

“I think this hearing is a sham.  I think it shows real messed up priorities from the Republican Party.  But I am here to do my job, to tell the truth.”

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, in her opening statement at the start of the confirm hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett

“Politicians should never decide what medical procedures a patient can and cannot receive.”

Nancy Northup, Center for Reproductive Rights, reacting to a court ruling that blocked a 2017 anti-abortion law passed by the Texas State Legislature

“I don’t like to be associated with anything political or with any political campaign.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci, on Good Morning America, 10/15/20

“I don’t get that.  You’re the president.  You’re not like someone’s crazy uncle who can just retweet whatever.”

Savannah Guthrie, during a live “town hall” meeting with Donald Trump, questioning his retweet of a QAnon-linked conspiracy theory

No to be outdone, Trump made a trite insult at Guthrie during a campaign stop the next day.

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Video of the Week – October 10, 2020

Donald Trump standing in the front White House balcony and defiantly removing his mask.  He then retreated into the building – still sans mask – where a number of Secret Service agents and other White House staffers waited.  Remember, he remains contagious.

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Tweet of the Week – October 10, 2020

President Donald Trump extolling the miracle of his COVID-19 healing.

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Dialogue

Last Wednesday’s debate between Vice-President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris was a glaringly stark contrast to the crap-fest between Donald Trump and Joe Biden the previous week.  For the most part, Pence and Harris showed those two other old curmudgeons how to remain relatively calm and focused during discussions about critical national issues.

I say ‘for the most part’ because of Pence’s tendency to interrupt Harris – the same way Trump repeatedly interrupted Biden – and to ramble beyond his slated time limit – again, like Trump.  I feel that both Trump and Pence fit the unpleasantly stereotypical image of the angry White male: men who believe only those exactly like them are qualified to speak out on any concern facing the country and should be allowed to speak adnauseam about it.

Harris, meanwhile, showed restraint and decorum by politely stating, “I’m speaking,” with a bright grin.  Many observers, especially women and non-Whites, viewed this as a typical response for someone like Harris.  Women and non-Whites, it seems, are always expected to maintain a sense of calm in the face of indignity and disrespect.  Otherwise, they’d be viewed as uppity or bitchy.  Harris, in effect, had to stay polite and professional; for if she had done a Joe Biden and yelled, “Shut up!” to Pence, political pundits – particularly those on the conservative end who already hate her for the mere fact she’s a dark-skinned woman daring to campaign for a national office, much like they did with Barack Obama – would have mercilessly slayed her.

Pence never really answered any question from moderator Susan Page who proved as equally powerless as Chris Wallace during the Trump-Biden fiasco.  But, for we independent observers – that is, those of us not satisfied with either Trump or Biden – Pence’s blatant disorientation during the debate signaled how dysfunctional the current White House administration is in the face of dual crises: the failing economy and the expanding COVID-19 pandemic.

To me Trump, Biden and Pence represent America’s past: still fighting the U.S. Civil War; the civil rights movement of the 1960s and 70s; law-and-order mantras; the Cold War; a caste society.  Harris, on the other hand, represents America’s future: attacks on economic inequality and social injustices; ending war; giving ALL citizens the chance to prove their merit and their value in a 21st century world.

Time doesn’t stagnate, except in the minds of conservatives.  Regardless of what one thinks of the vice-presidential debate, the 2020 presidential campaign continues.  It can’t end soon enough.

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Tweet of the Week – October 3, 2020

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Most Ironic Quotes of the Week – October 3, 2020

“Don’t ever use the word smart with me.”

“I wear a mask when needed, when needed I wear masks.  I don’t wear a mask like him.  Every time you see him he’s got a mask.  He could be speaking 200 feet away and he shows up with the biggest mask I’ve ever seen.”

Donald Trump, to Joe Biden during Tuesday night’s debate

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