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Best Quotes of the Week – January 23, 2021

“This is our historic moment of crisis and challenge.  Unity is the path forward. And we must meet this moment as the United States of America. If we do that, I guarantee you we will not fail.”

President Joe Biden, in his inaugural address

“The idea that you can get up here and … let the science speak, it is somewhat of a liberating feeling.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci, speaking about the COVID-19 pandemic during a White House press conference

“We cut taxes for $5 trillion, almost all of it to the wealthiest people in America.  And we borrowed every penny to do that.”

Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), criticizing the sudden concern about the U.S. budget deficit by his Republican colleagues during a U.S. Senate hearing

Bennet added that “we’ve made some poor choices in terms of what we’ve borrowed money to spend on.  Two wars in the Middle East that lasted for 20 years that cost us something like $5.6 trillion, all of which was borrowed, none of which was paid for.”

“Opine all you like, but if you’re going to opine, begin with the truth and opine from there.  When people begin with a false premise and lead people astray, that’s injurious to society and it’s the antithesis of what we should be doing: Those of us who are so honored and grateful to have a platform of public influence have to use it for the public good.”

Shephard Smith, former FOX News host and current CNBC anchor, on why he left FOX

Smith also revealed that he stayed at Fox News from its 1996 inception until 2019 to act as a counterbalance to the network’s right-wing leanings.

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Best Quotes of the Week – January 9, 2021

“History will rightly remember today’s violence at the Capitol, incited by a sitting president who has continued to baselessly lie about the outcome of a lawful election, as a moment of great dishonor and shame for our nation.”

Barack Obama, in response to Wednesday’s riots in Washington, D.C.

“Well, the deaths are real deaths.  I mean, all you need to do is to go out into the trenches, go to the hospitals, see what the health care workers are dealing with.  They are under very stressed situations in many areas of the country.  The hospital beds are stretched.  People are running out of beds, running out of trained personnel who are exhausted right now. That’s real.  That’s not fake.  That’s real.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci, on ABC’s “This Week”, in response to guest host Martha Raddatz asking about a tweet by President Trump calling the coronavirus case and death toll “fake news” and blaming it on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention methodology

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Tweets of the Week – December 5, 2020

Charles M. Blow

Blow was responding to this tweet by Lauren Witzke, a former Republican U.S. Senate candidate:

Jack Posobiec

In response, Sen. Rand Paul said this:

They were both referring to a previous declaration by Dr. Anthony Fauci that schools should remain closed.

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Worst Quotes of the Week – November 14, 2020

“Whistleblowers and tipsters should turn over their evidence to local law enforcement. Anyone who provides information that leads to an arrest and final conviction of voter fraud will be paid a minimum of $25,000.”

– Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, offering $1 million from his own campaign to anyone anywhere in the U.S. who can prove voter fraud

Jim Clancy, former chairman of the Texas Ethics Commission, said handing out large sums of reward money may be improper if it’s being used to help prove Trump’s baseless claims of voter fraud.

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman had this response:

“Let me tell you something.  Every Christian, every pastor out there that voted for Joe Biden last night, you have brought a curse upon yourself and your family, your children, and your children’s children down to the third and fourth generation, and you need to repent.  You cannot call yourself a Christian and call yourself a [Democrat] and vote for Biden.  You are implementing the dark agenda.  Satan’s agenda. The kingdom of darkness. You are not supporting the kingdom of God. And if you cannot see that, if you do not repent, judgment will fall upon you, I believe, and your family and your children’s children down the third and fourth generation.”

Mark Taylor, QAnon conspiracy theorist and self-described “firefighter prophet”, on Christians who voted for Joe Biden

“We have 11 million people in our country who have already had COVID.  We should tell them to celebrate.  We should tell them to throw away their masks, go to restaurants, live again because these people are now immune.  But Dr. Fauci doesn’t want to admit to any of that.  Dr. Fauci’s like, ‘Oh, woe is me.’ Until the election occurs, and now, maybe he’ll be changing his attitude.”

Sen. Rand Paul, encouraging Americans to get rid of their face masks

“You can’t say that marriage is a union between one man and one woman.  Until very recently, that’s what the vast majority of Americans thought. Now it’s considered bigotry.  That this would happen after our decision in Obergefell should not have come as a surprise.  Yes, the opinion of the court included words meant to calm the fears of those who cling to traditional views of marriage. But I could see, and so did the other justices in dissent, where the decision would lead.”

– Associate U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, about the landmark same-sex marriage case, in a speech to the Federalist Society

Alito noted that such cases are tantamount to the oppression of religious liberties.

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Best Quotes of the Week – November 14, 2020

“Whoa, whoa, whoa.  I just think we have to be very clear…She’s charging the other side as welcoming fraud and illegal voting.  Unless she has more details to back that up, I can’t in good countenance continue showing you this.”

Neil Cavuto, FOX news anchor, interrupting a briefing by White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany

McEnany had launched into a litany of conspiracy-laden allegations, accusing the Democrats of facilitating illegal voting and rigging the election to beat Donald Trump.

“I have no intention of leaving.  This is an important job. I’ve been doing it now for a very long time.  I’ve been doing it under six presidents.  It’s an important job, and my goal is to serve the American public no matter what the administration is.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci, on CNN

“I’m very concerned what he might do in his remaining 70 days in office.  Is he going to take some type of military action?  Is he going to release some type of information that could, in fact, threaten our national security interests?  If Vice President Pence and the cabinet had an ounce of fortitude and spine and patriotism, I think they would seriously consider invoking the 25th Amendment and pushing Donald Trump out because he is just very unpredictable now.”

John Brennan, former CIA Director, on Cuomo Prime Time, November 10

“My evolution started when the president doubled down in the lead-up to the 2020 election on his charges that our elections are rigged and fraudulent in a way that he hadn’t previously.  It became a systemic attack made completely without evidence, aimed at undermining a basic pillar of our democracy.  I know there’s no evidence for systemic fraud because I had spent the better part of every election for four decades working in Republican poll-watcher programs and elections day operations.  For the president of the United States, the leader of the free world and head of the Republican Party, to make completely unsubstantiated charges about our elections being rigged is not right.”

Ben Ginsberg, Republican “super-lawyer”, explaining why he has defied his party and condemned Trump’s refusal to concede

Ginsberg had been involved in the 2000 presidential recount debacle.

“There is no loss from him getting the briefings.  If that’s not occurring by Friday, I will step in as well and be able to push them and to say this needs to occur so that regardless of the outcome of the election, whichever way that it goes, people can be ready for that actual task.”

Sen. James Lankford, Republican of Oklahoma, declaring he will intervene if President-elect Joe Biden doesn’t start receiving security briefings by November 13

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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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Best Quotes of the Week – September 26, 2020

“You are not listening to what the director of the CDC said.  If you believe that 22% is herd immunity, I believe you’re alone in that.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci, to Sen. Rand Paul during a Senate hearing on COVID-19

“There’s absolutely no evidence that having a cold from a coronavirus in the past does anything to protect us.  If it did, we wouldn’t have the epidemic we’re having right now.”

Dr. Michael Saag, associate dean for global health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, to NBC News.

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“I hope that you and the President don’t dislocate your shoulders patting yourselves on the back saying good job.  We are 4% of the world’s population.  We’re 22% of the world’s deaths.  You bragged about the economy growing so fast – your words.  Our unemployment is significantly higher than Germany’s; significantly higher than France’s; twice what Taiwan’s is; almost 3x what South Korea and Japan’s is; much higher than Australia; twice what Britain’s rate is; twice what New Zealand’s rate is.  I mean I know you think the economy is doing well.  But, if you’re talking to your wealthy friends on Wall Street…but things are pretty bad for most working Americans.  They’re going to get worse unless you come up with a real package.”

Sen. Sherrod Brown, reacting to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s statement regarding U.S. economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Mnuchin had said, “I think we’ve made tremendous progress on testing.”

“When you have a president without shame, backed by a party without spine, amplified by a network without integrity, and by social networks that are marinated in conspiracy theories, behind whom are a lot of armed people — if you are not frightened by this, you are not paying attention.”

Thomas Friedman, commenting on Trump’s open refusal to concede if he loses the election, on CNN

Friedman also stated the U.S. is on the verge of a “potential second civil war” if Trump’s insinuations aren’t taken seriously.

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Best Quote of the Week – August 1, 2020

“So it sort of is curious: A man works for us – with us, very closely, Dr. Fauci, and Dr. Birx also highly thought of.  And yet, they’re highly thought of, but nobody likes me.  It can only be my personality.  That’s all.”

President Donald Trump, in a White House press briefing on July 29.

No, Donald, that’s not true.  A handful of people like you: Vladimir Putin, David Duke, most of your family, and a slew of delightfully deranged voters.  I personally pray for the latter group.

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