A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…
HEROES OF THE WEEK
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“Many Democratic leaders are engaging in self-deception and looking for excuses. The Electoral College is a prime villain. More than 4.8 million people have signed a petition calling on electors to support the winner of the most ballots, Hillary Clinton. This would prevent Donald Trump from taking office as the fifth president who won an Electoral College majority without winning the popular vote.
“But it isn’t the Founders’ fault that the Clinton campaign failed to turn out African-American voters in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Detroit and Milwaukee. The Electoral College didn’t force blue-collar voters and rural Democrats in the Midwest to defect from the Democratic Party.
“Democrats refuse to face the truth: They lost the presidency principally because voters demanded change. Mr. Trump promised it in abundance, while Mrs. Clinton represented the status quo. Her main selling point—her qualifications and experience—showed how out of touch with voters she was. If Mrs. Clinton had portrayed herself as an agent of change, she might have won the White House by keeping intact the “blue wall” of Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.”
“I think it is fair to say that she’s hurting. I think all of us know who watch that campaign, it was a very hard campaign for her. The name-calling, the email intrusion, the misinterpretation of what she had done with the e-mails. Eleven hours in front of a committee while she was a candidate.”
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) when asked by MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell how Hillary Clinton is doing after getting trumped at the polls
“Putin publicly blamed me for the outpouring of outrage by his own people, and that is the direct line between what he said back then and what he did in this election.”
Hillary Clinton telling her top supporters that Russian President Vladimir Putin directed interference in the U.S. election out of a ‘personal beef’ against her. She spoke at a party she threw for top donors in New York.
“When a foreign country interferes in your election and the outcome is in doubt, the legitimacy of the government, I don’t know how it works constitutionally, I’m not a lawyer, constitutional lawyer, but I’m deeply disturbed by the fact that the Russians interfered. And I would like to see the evidence. Because if the evidence is there, I don’t see any other way than to vote again.”
CNN’s Robert Baer
“I’ll be the first one to come out and point at Russia if there’s clear evidence, but there is no clear evidence — even now. There’s a lot of innuendo, lots of circumstantial evidence, that’s it.”
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and a member of the Trump transition team
“Russia’s getting out of hand? So says the defeated. Not to worry… remember I can keep an eye on them from here.”
“I get it when I need it. I’m, like, a smart person. I don’t’ have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years.”
President-elect Donald Trump, downplaying the importance of receiving daily intelligence briefings
“Now, we’re feeling what not having hope feels like. Hope is necessary. It’s a necessary concept. What else do you have if you don’t have hope?
“Our children respond to crisis the way they see us respond. You know, it’s like the toddler bumps his head on the table and they look up at you to figure out whether it hurts and if you’re like (gasp) ‘oh my God’ they’re crying but if you’re like ‘you know what, babe it’s OK’. And I feel that way about the nation, I feel that Barack has been that for the nation in ways that people will come to appreciate.”
Michelle Obama in an interview with Oprah Winfrey
“It’s a very serious concern. I just went on TV twice today on Fox and MSNBC on the Cabinet appointments and I winged it. You need something right now. Trump every day is doing something outrageous. What do we do? Criticize everything he does? Hold back a bit? I know we need to develop an economic message but that’s long term. We need something now. Most of the Democrats I talk to are down, and they’re asking who’s in charge.”
Bill Richardson, the former Democratic New Mexico governor and 2008 presidential candidate
“Who’s the messenger? It’s bigger than his first 100 days. If Trump controls the message, which he has continued to do and will only do more as the sitting president of the United States, this could snowball into a very big issue for Democrats and independent voters out there. We are totally letting him control the message and control the story. He’s setting traps and we’re taking the bait.”
Boyd Brown, a South Carolina Democrat, and a former DNC member
“Yet here’s something that’s particularly intriguing even if it we can’t brand it decisive. In exit polls, 18 per cent of voters identified themselves as negative toward both major party candidates. Even so, 78 per cent of them reported having voted for one of the two – again, it’s a two-party country. What’s surprising is how they divided: 49 per cent for Mr. Trump, only 29 per cent for Ms. Clinton.”
Clifford Orwin is a professor of political science and senior fellow of Massey College at the University of Toronto
“Well, what changed is that now he is elected and now it is very important that we support the president and that we come together and stop whining. When someone is elected, then you get 100 percent behind them and you help them help them shape the future. It’s very hard for people to do that but that’s the effort we all have to make.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger who came out against Trump during the election, urged Americans to get behind the president-elect
“I’ve lived all my life in America, and I’m 80 years old. So I have seen discrimination at its worst. I understand slavery. I study history. The only thing I have always done, I’ve tried to make sure that I was a decent person, and that I worked outside of myself to make things better. So I don’t always look at black and white. But I’m going to say this to you, and I don’t ever say this: The three greatest people in my life were white. Okay? My high school coach, my high school superintendent, and my mentor. In Manhassett, Long Island. I never had a father, really. My great-grandmother raised me. But I was in this country where I got help from people that were not of my same color. So when I come out of the box, I don’t come out of the box as racial. I look for good people, and people that will be like-minded and help me try to do good for other human beings. So that’s truly where I’m coming from.”
NFL legend Jim Brown when asked by CNN if he was bothered by Trump’s emerging Cabinet. After meeting with Trump Brown said he “fell in love” with the President-Elect.
“The absurdity of the situation was laid bare on March 3, 2016, when CNN, Fox and MSNBC prepared to air what was billed as Trump’s much-anticipated rebuttal to Mitt Romney’s claim that the GOP front-runner was a ‘phony’ and a ‘fraud.’ Trump was supposed to start talking at 1:30 p.m., but he was strategically, playfully late.
“The live shot of a flag-backed podium in Maine sat empty for five, 10, 15, eventually 30 minutes of Donald-free empty space that illustrated the vacuity of the celebrity-driven frenzy that defined Trump’s early campaign. CNN officials dismissed the incident, arguing that the image was just that—a static picture—that provided a backdrop for a stream of talking-head banter, much of it critical of Trump. For Trump, the point was clear: He was so much more important than any of his rivals that even his absence was more newsworthy than their presence, and the networks did nothing to dispel that view, airing his speeches in their entirety when no other candidate or even President Obama was afforded that privilege.”
Glenn Thrush writing in POLITICO
“The man you’re going to see today is just a man in a suit dressed up like Santa, but Santa does not exist.”
Texas Pastor David Grisham, heckling kids and parents waiting in line to meet Santa at an Amarillo mall
“We don’t need you over here blabbin’ whatever the hell you’re blabbin'”
An annoyed parent shot back at Pastor Grisham in a viral video of the scene
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
The Russians hacked the election
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK