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.
“We are building a wall on the southern border, which is absolutely necessary.Now the obstructionist Democrats would like us not to do it, but believe me, if we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall. Let me be very clear to Democrats in Congress, who oppose a border wall and stand in the way of border security — you are putting all of America’s safety at risk. You’re doing that. You’re doing that. My administration will never back down in demanding immigration control. The American people voted for immigration control. That’s one of the reasons I’m here. And that is what the American people deserve and they are going to get it.”
President Trump at a rally in Phoenix
“Conservatives spent an awful long time ignoring things: the birthers, the bigots, the xenophobes, the alternative-reality media. We had assumed that they were postcards from the fringe. Had Trump been defeated, I think we would be going through this period of deep introspection, and conservatives would be asking themselves really hard questions. But I’m less upset with Trump himself than watching all the other conservatives who decided to roll over and support him. The real horror for me is watching people who I thought were principled conservatives become sycophantic propagandists for this guy.
“I wake up every day in disbelief. It’s not that just that Donald Trump is president. It’s that he has empowered the worst people in the world: people who would’ve been regarded as misfits and crackpots just a few years ago. We’re being tested in a fundamental way, and I think we operate in a system that simply assumes that you have honorable people who will be constrained within political norms. Now they’re being violated on a daily basis. I don’t think America comes out on the other end of this unaffected. We’re not immune to history.”
Charlie Sykes in an interview with the New York Times
What’s the end game for these preening, posturing doofuses who call themselves Republicans, but who can’t pass a CNN camera without slamming their party’s president?
See, the base isn’t supposed to be activated. It’s supposed to be obedient. It’s supposed to turn out on election day to do volunteer work and write checks. It’s not supposed to try to have input. That’s for our betters, not for us.
But the thing is, now we’re woke, and we’ve realized that our establishment sucks, and that we’re tired of being the suckees. They didn’t listen to us when we gave them the Tea Party, so now we gave them Trump. And they’re very, very upset with us. That’s a key reason they want to undercut Trump.
But what’s the end game? What are they thinking is going to happen? Do they think that one morning Trump is going to wake up and think “Gosh, all these people telling me I’m wrong and mean and crude and tweet too darn much must be right. I’ll change, because I always take the advice of people who I’ve already broken and humiliated.”
Unlikely, because Trump doesn’t respect you. And he doesn’t respect you because he’s already beaten you. He’s not a gracious winner, but to be fair, you’ve hardly been gracious losers. Oh, how it must gall you to be so utterly defeated by someone you consider your moral and intellectual inferior.
So if you’re not going to change Trump, what do you think you’re going to do? Do you think you’re going to somehow drive Trump out of office?
Or maybe you think our voters would just be so disgusted that they would let the Democrats grab a majority on Capitol Hill and the White House too. Maybe you figure you could live with that.
Except it won’t work that way. Through all this Tea Partying and Trumping, we normals got a taste for power, and we like it.
Kurt Schlichter in a column about Never Trumpers on Townhall.com
“This is not ok, I thought. It was the second presidential debate and Donald Trump was looming behind me. Two days before, the world heard him brag about groping women. Now we were on a small stage and no matter where I walked he followed me closely, staring at me, making faces. It was incredibly uncomfortable. He was literally breathing down my neck. My skin crawled. It was one of those moments where you wish you could hit pause, and ask everyone watching, “Well, what would you do?” Do you stay calm, keep smiling and carry on as if he weren’t repeatedly invading your space? Or do you turn, look him in the eye and say loudly and clearly, “Back up, you creep. Get away from me. I know you love to intimidate women but you can’t intimidate me. So back up.” I chose Option A. I kept my cool, aided by a lifetime of dealing with difficult men trying to throw me off. I did, however, grip the microphone extra hard.”
In Hillary Clinton’s new tell-all book, “What Happened,” she reveals, in part, how she felt about Donald Trump’s debate style. She was particularly unnerved by Trump’s behavior during their second, town hall-style debate in St. Louis, Missouri. Trump intimidatingly stood behind Clinton as she answered questions.
“Hillary Clinton is lying. It’s what she does. Perhaps she felt like Trump was stalking her all over the stage, but he wasn’t. For the most part, Trump stood in the immediate vicinity of his assigned chair the entire time, including during the moments that he was supposedly ‘breathing down’ Clinton’s neck. Unlike Al Gore’s weird decision to walk across the stage and stand right next to George W. Bush at a 2000 debate, Trump stayed put. Even in his ‘lurkiest’ moments, Trump was basically anchored in the same spot — in, or adjacent to, his designated turf. And at no point was he close enough for her to feel his breath on her skin.”
Guy Benson, Townhall.com’s Political Editor
“After being advised specifically not to look at the sun without protective glasses — true story — President Trump stared at the eclipse today without protective glasses. He did it after they told him not to. So afterwards, everyone started advising him: Whatever you do, don’t resign.”
Late night talk show host Conan O’Brien commenting on images of Donald Trump peeking at the eclipse without protective glasses
“Well, I think he’s getting a raw deal. I’ve been watching pro ball for a long time, and I think that if you look at all the quarterbacks in the league right now, I think you have to say he is one, two, three, four. I don’t think anybody can do the things that he (does). So I just wish somebody would open up and give him a chance to do his thing and say, ‘Hey, he’s entitled to whatever he did, and let’s forget about it.’”
Hank Aaron on Colin Kaepernick
“If you’re a football player, play football. … I’m going to give you the real deal: I’m an American; I don’t desecrate my flag and my national anthem. I’m not going to do anything against the flag and the national anthem. I’m going to work within those situations. But this is my country, and I work out the problems, but I do it in an intelligent manner.”
NFL legend Jim Brown on Colin Kaepernick
“All of the self-congratulatory back-patting Hollywood’s been doing over Wonder Woman has been so misguided. She’s an objectified icon, and it’s just male Hollywood doing the same old thing,” he said. “I’m not saying I didn’t like the movie but, to me, it’s a step backwards.”
Director James Cameron
“I believe women can and should be EVERYTHING just like male lead characters should be. There is no right and wrong kind of powerful woman. And the massive female audience who made the film a hit it is, can surely choose to judge their own icons of progress.”
Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
With all the negative stories about Foxconn, this was refreshing
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
The eclipse. Warranted? I lean yes.
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK