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HEROES OF THE WEEK
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
Other bold claims made in the book (New York magazine published a whole chapter) include a deal hatched by Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump for Ivanka to one day run for president, Ivanka making fun of her father’s “comb-over” in private, Rupert Murdoch calling Trump a “f—ing idiot,” and Trump and his wife, Melania, not actually wanting to win the presidency and basically being disappointed that they had.
Aaron Blake of the Washington Post, writing about Michael Wolff’s new book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,”
Wolff, for example, writes that Thomas Barrack Jr., a billionaire friend of Trump’s, told a friend that Trump is “not only crazy, he’s stupid.” Barrack on Wednesday denied to a New York Times reporter that he ever said such a thing.
Katie Walsh, a former White House adviser, has also disputed a comment attributed to her by Wolff, that dealing with Trump was “like trying to figure out what a child wants.”
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders added her own skepticism during her daily briefing on Wednesday. “We know the book has a lot of things, so far that we’ve seen, that are completely untrue,” she said. She was not specific, but Sanders added that Wolff’s characterizations of White House operations were “the opposite of what I saw.”
Wolff, 64, has said his book was based on 200 interviews with White House and campaign staffers, including Bannon. He didn’t respond to multiple requests for comment.
Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi
“Do you have recordings of some of these interviews and some of these conversations?…Would you release any of those recordings, since your credibility is being questioned?”
NBC’s Savvanah Guthrie interviewing Wolff
“My credibility is being questioned by a man who has less credibility than perhaps anyone who has ever walked on Earth at this point.”
Wolff responding to Guthrie
“I authorized Zero access to White House (actually turned him down many times) for author of phony book! I never spoke to him for book. Full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don’t exist.”
“Can you tell me the biggest single thing the President has accomplished for the American people during his time on the golf course?”
Yahoo! News White House correspondent Hunter Walker questioning White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders at the first White House news briefing of 2018
“I think it would certainly be developing deeper and better relationships with members of Congress in which they have helped push forward the President’s agenda specifically when it comes to helping get the tax reform and tax cuts passed, a lot of that, I think, and the success of that came from strong relationships President has had, and he’s played golf with a number of senators and used that time certainly to accomplish that.”
Huckabee Sanders responding to Walker
“I do think that there is that moment where you step back and you go, when the president says I have absolute control over the Department of Justice, that we can all say: Well no; not on the norms, not on the guidelines. But the reality is that a president who does not respect those norms and those guidelines in fact has tremendous power. A president who does decide he’s going to use the vast powers of the Department of Justice and U.S. Attorneys to go after his political opponents and to protect himself, his family, and his allies, then we are in a completely new age. I noticed the Wall Street Journal editorial today said: Oh, there’s no Constitutional crisis; we shouldn’t be worried about, you know, authoritarianism. And yet there you have the President of the United States declaring his absolute power over the justice system.“
“When LYING LIB MEDIA makes up FAKE NEWS to smear me, the ANTIDOTE is to go right at them. Punch them in the nose & MAKE THEM TASTE THEIR OWN BLOOD. Nothing gets a bully like LYING LIB MEDIA”S attention better than to give them a taste of their own blood #neverbackdown.”
A tweet by former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke
“Official Sanctuary State. Felons, Illegals and MS13 Welcome! Democrats Need The Votes!”
Sign illegally posted below an official “Welcome to California” highway sign. It has since been removed. On Jan. 1, a new state law took effect that, among other things, bans jails from detaining undocumented immigrants solely at the request of federal immigration authorities.
“Who can you trust most not to show you their penis in a professional setting? Is it the candidate who doesn’t have a penis? I’d say so.”
Dana Nessel, a Democratic candidate for attorney general in Michigan, in a campaign video posted on Facebook that alludes to the wave of sexual harassment allegations against powerful men in politics and media. She says it’s the first time the word “penis” has been uttered in a political ad.
“I never thought I’d see it, but Al Franken has finally gotten around to calling a moving van.
“On CNN and MSNBC, they were thunderstruck by Franken’s magnanimous response to the charges: UNLIKE ROY MOORE, HE ADMITTED IT AND APOLOGIZED! Yeah — there’s a photo. So the part they had him dead to rights on he apologized for. What a guy.
“Everything else he denied.”
Ann Coulter on Al Franken finally leaving the US Senate
“The first time I was on ‘The Tonight Show’ with Johnny Carson I walked out and I had a beautiful silk blouse on and he went ‘Oh it’s cold backstage, huh?’ You would never see that now. That’s like crazy. It’s that ‘Mad Men’ sort of generation that got away with a lot of things. Women were just used to being discussed a certain way; body parts being focused on. You knew that there were certain auditions where you were like ‘uh oh’ did they really have to crawl on all fours wearing a bikini? You just kind of took it for granted that that was okay. It’s becoming not okay.”
Actress Marilu Henner saying she experienced some instances that would never be tolerated today
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
The new tell-all book about President Trump
STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK