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
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“[We] won many new [House] seats with many more on the way. This was also the year of the Republican woman. More Republican women were elected to Congress than ever before. I won the largest share of non-white voters of any Republican in 60 years including historic numbers of Latino, African-American, Asian American and Native American voters. The largest ever in our history. We grew our party by 4 million voters. The greatest turnout in Republican Party history…Republicans have become the Party of the American worker and we are also I believe the Party of inclusions.”
“They would not call FL even though it was so blindingly obvious he won it big. But then Fox called AZ very early… There’s been a double standard…a rush to call states for Biden to create a narrative. Welcome to year 4 of false media narratives against the American people.”
Elizabeth Harrington, RNC
“When America sees everything we are uncovering they will be disgusted and even the media won’t be able to pretend voter fraud isn’t real. Ending this crap once and for all will be fundamental to preserving our republic and faith in democracy.”
“This is a fraud on the American public. This is an embarrassment to our country. We were getting ready to win this election. Frankly, we did win this election. Our goal now is to ensure the integrity for the good of this nation. While the votes continue to be counted we’re going to remain vigilant.”
Vice President Pence
“This is a very big moment. This is a major fraud on our nation … So we’ll be going to the U.S. Supreme Court. We want all voting to stop. We don’t want them to find any ballots at four o’clock in the morning and add them to the list. We will win this and as far as I’m concerned we already have won it.”
“Every legally cast vote should be counted. Every illegally cast vote should not. This should not be controversial. This is not a partisan statement — free and fair elections are the foundation of our democracy.”
“My father wants this country to be wealthy. He wants this country to be successful, he wants people to be able to live the American dream. It’s very different than Biden who talks about a dark winter is coming, a dark winter is coming. No, not a dark winter is coming. We live in the greatest country on Earth, we have the greatest flag, we have the greatest national anthem, we’ve got the greatest pledge of allegiance. We live in the greatest nation on Earth and that should be celebrated and not destroyed and that is exactly what the radical left will do.”
“The Presidency hangs in the balance and the American people are shut out of a transparent process. That means the results will be questioned by 50 per cent of this country.”
Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union
“The liberal hope for the 2020 presidential election was a decisive repudiation of Donald Trump and the Republican Party. This is no longer on the table. A Joe Biden win, if it happens, will be as narrow an Electoral College win as Trump’s was in 2016. Biden has won the national popular vote — which matters for popular legitimacy, even if it doesn’t weigh on the outcome — but Trump outperformed his job approval, winning more total votes than any Republican presidential nominee in history.
“In spite of everything, the president expanded his support, most likely saving the Republican Senate majority in the process. A Trump loss is still possible — perhaps even probable, since Biden holds a lead in states totaling 270 electoral votes — but there’s every reason to think Trumpism will survive as a viable strategy for winning national elections.”
Jamelle Bouie, New York Times Opinion columnist
“Guess what, Mr. President? We’re gonna count the votes, and if they favor you, we’re gonna show that. And if they don’t, we’re gonna show that. That’s how democracy works. We’re just counting the votes.”
CNN’s John King
“Um, no, that’s not the way it works. News channels don’t count a damn thing. They just report numbers shipped out by election offices in various counties across the country, and if CNN or any other news outfit were actually doing their jobs, they would be alert for patterns suggesting fraud in the numbers they report.”
Frank Miele, the retired editor of the Daily Inter Lake in Kalispell Mont., is a columnist for RealClearPolitics
“And then BLM and Antifa, the anarchists would take to the streets. This isn’t our side that’s going to riot in the streets. That would be the other side if they don’t get the result they want.”
US Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin on what would happen if Biden loses
“There are people who are calling for investigations of the pollsters who had Joe Biden winning by 10 points, 12 points. The biggest one of all is The Washington Post poll that had – as we’re watching Wisconsin a one-point lead, The Washington Post poll just a few days ago had Joe Biden winning by 17 points. That’s not a mistake. That’s not an error. That’s polling malpractice.
“And you have to go to tremendous lengths to be able to get something that wrong so close to the election, and there’s significant review by all the media outlets of the work that they were doing. The fact is the published polling was so wrong, and not just for presidents but for House races, for the Senate races, that the American people really had no idea that this was going to happen, and you know what? Actually Donald Trump was correct.
“Donald Trump’s pollsters were correct that this was much closer than anybody realized, and we are going through the ramifications of that.
GOP pollster Frank Luntz
“The most basic question the polls raise: Is this a free country? If you’re afraid to express a political view in public — you could be fired for it, banished for it — is that a free society? The answer is, of course not.
“I can name some of the people that should be fired immediately, and I think I will. I just need to calm enough to get their names on paper. The first way to fix it is by holding the people who screwed up accountable. And that’s just by firing them. And they can go do something useful like hang drywall or learn to paint or do something else. But they cannot keep discrediting the work of the rest of us by screwing up in the way they have. I think that is a fair ask.
Tucker Carlson, FOX News
“Modern American polling is dead and modern American pollsters should find another vocation so they stop wasting all of our collective time and helping to gaslight the media and American public.“
John McCain’s daughter Meghan, a conservative commentator
“One thing we DO know for certain, however, is that pollsters are a bunch of monkeys – ridiculous, biased, utterly inept, poop-flinging monkeys.“
Once Upon a Time in America star James Woods
“I would absolutely expect the president to stay involved in politics and would absolutely put him on the shortlist of people who are likely to run in 2024.”
Former Trump chief of staff Mick Mulvaney
“He has a very dedicated fan base compared to most politicians. In a primary, those voters would give him a significant advantage. On top of that, given how things have gone since November 3rd, if Trump loses, a lot of Republicans will believe he was cheated. In those situations, people sometimes look at giving the candidate another crack at it as just the right thing to do.”
Blogger John Hawkins
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
Death by lockdown
Catholic voters split on Trump and pro-abortion Biden
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
That blue wave
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK