Week-ends (02/08/20)

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

James Ingley

Keith Rollins

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

Nancy Pelosi

Mitt Romney

Travis Sarandos

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“We’re grateful to the people in this room for the love they show to religion. Not one religion, but many religions. They are brave. They are brilliant. They are fighters. They like people. And sometimes they hate people. I’m sorry. I apologize. I’m trying to learn. (Laughter.) It’s not easy. It’s not easy. (Applause.) When they impeach you for nothing, then you’re supposed to like them? It’s not easy, folks. (Laughter.) I do my best.”
President Trump at the national prayer Breakfast in Washington

“For three years, this push for impeachment came straight from the president’s opponents and when it finally reached a crescendo, it put this body, the United States Senate, into a horrible position.

“What the House Democrats have done to president himself, and to this body is outrageous. They have cheapened the awesome power of impeachment and unfortunately of course the country is not better for that. We urge this body to dispense with these partisan articles of impeachment for the sake of the nation, for the sake of the constitution.

“The real issue is policy disputes. Elections have consequences. We all know that and if you do not like the policies of a particular administration or a particular candidate, you’re free and welcome to vote for another candidate. The answer is elections. Not impeachment.”
Trump defense lawyer Jay Sekulow during the impeachment trial’s closing arguments

“At the end of the day we put our faith in the Senate. You’ll vindicate the rule of law. End the era of impeachment once and for all.”
White House counsel Pat Cipollone

“It was evil, it was corrupt. This should never ever happen to another president, ever. We went through hell, unfairly. We did nothing wrong.”
President Trump after being acquitted of impeachment

“Wolf, he wasn’t acquitted. It was a rigged trial.”
Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) arguing with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer

“There was a roll call, guilty or not guilty. Not guilty was the majority and the Chief Justice announced that he was acquitted.”
Blitzer pointing out the obvious to Hirono

“The only ‘news’ made at the impeachment trial was Mitt Romney’s split vote on the two articles of impeachment. He voted guilty on abuse of power, becoming the only Republican in the trial to vote to remove the president, and not guilty on obstruction of Congress. It was typical Mitt. He’s always standing in the middle of the road – and then wonders why he gets run over. That was his big problem in 2012 when he ran against President Obama as a wishy-washy conservative.”
Michael Reagan

“Our families are flourishing. Our values are renewed. Our pride is restored. And for all these reasons, I say to the people of our great country, and to the members of Congress before me: The State of our Union is stronger than ever before!”
President Trump in his State of the Union address

“Three years ago, we launched the great American comeback. Tonight, I stand before you to share the incredible results. Jobs are booming, incomes are soaring, poverty is plummeting, crime is falling, confidence is surging and our country is thriving and highly respected again.”
President Trump at the SOTU address

“In just three short years, we have shattered the mentality of American decline and we have rejected the downsizing of America’s destiny. We have totally rejected the downsizing. We are moving forward at a pace that was unimaginable just a short time ago, and we are never, ever going back!”
President Trump at the SOTU address

“A special man, someone beloved by millions of Americans, who just received a stage 4 advanced cancer diagnosis. This is not good news, but what is good news is that he is the greatest fighter and winner that you will ever meet. Rush Limbaugh, thank you for your decades of tireless devotion to our country.”
President Trump introducing Rush Limbaugh at the SOTU address. Trump awarded the country’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Limbaugh. First lady Melania Trump hung the medal around his neck.

“I tore it up. It was the courteous thing to do considering the alternatives.”
Nancy Pelosi when asked why she ripped a copy of the SOTU speech

“She didn’t just tear up some papers, she tore up a speech that had American heroes in it. She tore up a speech that had a vision for our country in it. And what’s worse, she had the speech pre-torn before she stood up to do it.”
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham on Nancy Pelosi ripping her copy of the SOTU speech

“What is wrong with her? Who mutters to themselves through a State of the Union? She looked like she was reading the Cheesecake Factory menu all night going through every single page.”
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway

“With this reporting debacle, it may be the end” (of the Iowa caucuses’ coveted status).
Joe Trippi, a longtime Democratic presidential campaign operative and veteran of multiple Iowa campaigns

“It is on life-support at best. It has most likely taken its last breath as first-in-the-nation.”
Jeremy Bird, a former Obama campaign adviser on the Iowa caucuses

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

Nancy Pelosi’s antics

Hatred towards Rush Limbaugh

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

Liberal Supreme Court justice candidate Jill Karofsky and guns

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

Mitt Romney is brave and courageous

MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

Why liberal white women pay a lot of money to learn over dinner how they’re racist

 

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