Tag Archives: Republican Party
“I’m not a politician. I’m not an elected official. I don’t expect anybody to give two shits about my opinions. But I will say this, you know, those are lies.”
Michael Fanone, Capital Hill police officer who was stun-gunned several times and beaten with a flagpole during the attack, about the January 6 riots and denials by some Republicans on the severity of the event
Fanone, who said he suffered a concussion and a heart attack during the violence, added, “Peddling that bullshit is an assault on every officer that fought to defend the Capitol. It’s disgraceful.”
“Right now it’s basically the Titanic. We’re … in the middle of this slow sink. We have a band playing on the deck telling everybody it’s fine. And, meanwhile, Donald Trump’s running around trying to find women’s clothing and get on the first lifeboat.”
“We are up currently against the ticking time bomb of an unrelenting climate crisis and an economic crisis wearing down working people. Each day the process of passing an infrastructure package is delayed by performative negotiations with the GOP – who are clearly disinterested in working with Democrats – another day goes by that we are not healing our planet or getting people good jobs to support their families.”
Ellen Sciales, press secretary for Sunrise Movement, on the apparent unwillingness of Republicans to work with President Biden on his infrastructure bill proposal
“You know who else liked universal day care.”
Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), responding to President Biden’s child-care proposal and referencing a 1974 New York Times story about the prevalence of affordable child care in the former Soviet Union
“[The new administration] wants to jack up taxes in order to nudge families toward the kinds of jobs Democrats want them to have, in the kinds of industries Democrats want to exist, with the kinds of cars Democrats want them to drive, using the kinds of child-care arrangements that Democrats want them to pursue.”
“Abbott has purposefully injected a new infection into the state in the form of irresponsible policies that will promote unnecessary infection, hospitalization and death.”
“The Republican Party’s biggest problem is that too many people of color are exercising their right to vote. The party’s solution is a massive push for voter suppression that would make old-time Jim Crow segregationists proud.”
“I think a lot of us assumed that we were the dominant gene – if only because the country was changing so much – that out of its own self-interest the party would have to change. We saw the dark side. We thought it was a recessive gene. And I don’t know any conclusion to come to except that we were wrong.”
“When we defend equal rights of the people the world over, of women and girls, of LGBTQ individuals, indigenous communities and people with disabilities, the people of every ethnic background and religion, we also ensure that those rights are protected for our own children here in America.”
President Joe Biden, upon issuing a memorandum to protect LGBTQ rights as part of a human rights agenda for the United States
“There were a lot more Republican leaders, and their constituents, who attempted to push back then than there are now. To a large extent, the people who have inherited the Birch legacy today, I think, are more empowered [and] more visible within the Republican Party. There is much less criticism; there is much less of an effort to drum them out; there is a much greater fear of antagonizing them. They are the so-called Republican base.”
Matthew Dallek, political historian at George Washington University and author of an upcoming history of the John Birch Society, on the growing acceptance of extremism in the Republican Party
“The die is cast for the Republican Party. It will be destroyed on January 6th in much the same way the Whig party was destroyed by the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act in 1854. The act unraveled the Missouri compromise and allowed for the westward expansion of slavery. The party could not survive its factionalism. There could be no more accommodation, compromise and partnership between pro-slavery and anti-slavery Whigs. A new political party was born, the Republican Party. That party will divide into irreconcilable factions on January 6th. The 6th will commence a political civil war inside the GOP. The autocratic side will roll over the pro-democracy remnant of the GOP like the Wehrmacht did the Belgian Army in 1940. The ‘22 GOP primary season will be a bloodletting. The 6th will be a loyalty test.”
“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.”
“Politicians should never decide what medical procedures a patient can and cannot receive.”
“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.”
No to be outdone, Trump made a trite insult at Guthrie during a campaign stop the next day.
“Get a rope.”
– Sid Miller, Texas Agriculture Commissioner, responding to the refusal by organizers of a Veterans Day parade in his hometown of Stephenville, Texas, to allow a Confederate group to participate.
Miller was upset the group wasn’t granted requested permission to march in the parade and later said he borrowed the comment from a 1992 Pace Picante sauce commercial. People were equally – and justifiably – upset Miller didn’t seem to graph the legacy of lynching in the U.S. and how the comment, ‘get a rope’, is linked to it.
Then again, Miller is a right-wing Republican conservative; so while people are upset with him, they shouldn’t be surprised. And, while I’ll never apologize for my Texas heritage, I’m always embarrassed that the majority of voters in this state continually put these Civil War relics into office.
“What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled those people out that were products of rape and incest? Would there be any population of the world left if we did that? Considering all the wars and all the rapes and pillages taken place and whatever happened to culture after society? I know I can’t certify that I’m not a part of a product of that.”
– U.S. Congressman Steve King at the Westside Conservative Club in Urbandale, Iowa, on August 14; defending his position of not allowing exceptions for rape and incest in anti-abortion legislation he tried to pass in Congress.
This is what happens when people attend a family reunion to meet their ideal mate.
“Yes, I have changed my political affiliation to the Democratic Party. It doesn’t take much to see the culture of intolerance surrounding the Republican Party today. I have wondered before about the seemingly harsh undertones about immigrants and others. Look no further; a well-known organization recently confirms the intolerance of that which seems different or strange to them.”
– Pablo Pantoja, announcing his resignation as Director of Hispanic Outreach for the Republican National Party in Florida.
Pantoja cites the RNP’s inaction on immigration reform as a catalyst for his decision, but says a report by the extremist Heritage Foundation that suggested Hispanics have lower IQs finally just pushed him into the other camp. These days a southern Republican switching to the Democratic Party is like an Indian joining Custer’s army. I know a few Hispanics who vote Republican on a regular basis – including some in my own family – but I love them anyway. I keep saying that immigration is not the only issue affecting Hispanics. To most of us, the economy and jobs are top priority. And, since the Republican Party seems hell-bent on doing nothing about that, their “outreach” efforts will keep falling on its collective ass.