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…
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“This may be the most important speech I’ve ever made. I want to provide an update on our efforts to expose the tremendous voter fraud and irregularities which took place during the ridiculously long November 3 elections. We used to have what was called Election Day. Now we have election days, weeks, and months and lots of bad things happened during this ridiculous period of time, especially since you have to prove almost nothing to exercise our greatest privilege, the right to vote. As president, I have no higher duty than to defend the laws and the Constitution of the United States. That is why I am determined to protect our election system, which is under coordinated assault and siege.
“The constitutional process must be allowed to continue. We are going to defend the honesty of the vote by ensuring every legal ballot is counted and that no illegal ballot is counted. This is not just about honoring the votes of 74 million Americans who voted for me; it’s about ensuring that Americans can have faith in this election and all future elections.”
“I think that this was one of the most lawless elections in U.S. history. All you have to do is compare the conduct with what the laws are in the state legislature. And they used COVID fear to justify lawlessness, and within that lawlessness they created a system where we can’t have faith, and now we’re proving that all the flaws had a direct impact.
“It’s real clear if people step back and look at it. This was a lawless election. And it was lawless in the same framework and design in all of these key swing states, particularly in the urban areas that are controlled by blue elected officials. The evidence is clear.
“There is obvious evidence to present to the Supreme Court that a two tier election system was created with the help of private funds. I do think there’s also the possibility of state attorneys general and saying it’s wrong for states to manage elections so dramatically differently, and it disenfranchises the voters of one state as compared to another in the presidential election.”
Phill Kline, former Republican Kansas attorney general
“To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election. “There’s a growing tendency to use the criminal justice system as sort of a default fix-all, and people don’t like something they want the Department of Justice to come in and ‘investigate.’”
US Attorney General William Barr
“With all due respect to the Attorney General, there hasn’t been any semblance of a Department of Justice investigation. We have gathered ample evidence of illegal voting in at least six states, which they have not examined. We have many witnesses swearing under oath they saw crimes being committed in connection with voter fraud. As far as we know, not a single one has been interviewed by the DOJ. The Justice Department also hasn’t audited any voting machines or used their subpoena powers to determine the truth.”
Rudy Giuliani, a Trump lawyer, and Jenna Ellis, a Trump campaign attorney, said in a joint statement
“We are simpatico on our philosophy of government and simpatico on how we want to approach these issues that we are facing. When we disagree— so far, it’s been just like when Barack and I did. It’s in private. She’ll (Kamala Harris) say, ‘I think we should do A, B, C, or D.’ And I’ll say, ‘I like A, don’t like B and C. And let’s go, OK.’
“And like I told Barack, if I reached something where there’s a fundamental disagreement we have based on a moral principle, I’ll develop some disease and say I have to resign.”
“The thing that these conservative Senators don’t seem to understand is that I’ve actually had a physically difficult working-class job without good healthcare most of my adult life. I bring that work ethic to Congress & to my community. They sit around on leather chairs all day.
“Republicans like to make fun of the fact that I used to be a waitress, but we all know if they ever had to do a double they’d be the ones found crying in the walk-in fridge halfway through their first shift bc someone yelled at them for bringing seltzer when they wanted sparkling.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.
“This is wrong. I was a waitress for 5+ years throughout high school and college. I am a Republican and I cried in walk-in fridges just like you. The difference between us? I don’t expect the gvt to provide for me. I make my own $ and provide for myself.”
Kasey Lovett, press secretary for HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson wrote
“I spent my first week in the Army on 4 hours of sleep a night and a sprained ankle, digging one hole to fill in the hole I had just dug the hour before. Cry me a river (‘cuz I didn’t).”
Daily Caller associate editor Virginia Kruta told the congresswoman
“During high school, I woke up at 4:30AM to work at a before school program with kids until I had to go to school. After school I’d work at an after school program for another three hours. I worked my butt off to support myself since I didn’t have supportive parents. But go off. And that was just when I was a teenager. I work even more than that now. Some of the hardest working people I know are Republicans.”
Lone Conservative founder Kassy Dillon responding to AOC
“I don’t think anyone should mock the fact that a representative worked her way up, but millions of people work long days without needing a trophy.”
The Blaze social media editor Jessica O’Donnell
“They talk about ‘trickle-down wealth,’ but socialism is trickle-up poverty. It just impoverishes everything. Capitalism is the greatest thing humanity’s ever done. We’ve told a bad narrative, and we’ve let the enemies of business and the enemies of capitalism put out a narrative about us that’s wrong, it’s inaccurate — and it’s doing tremendous damage to the minds of young people. The Marxists and socialists, the academic community is generally hostile to business. It always has been. This is not new.
“We have to recognize that some of the progressive insights are important and they shouldn’t go away, but we can’t throw out capitalism and replace it with socialism, that will be a disaster. Socialism has been tried 42 times in the last 100 years, and 42 failures, it doesn’t work, it’s the wrong way. We have to keep capitalism, I would argue, we need conscious capitalism.”
Whole Foods CEO John Mackey
“COVID-19 has turned every man, woman and child into a potential serial killer. So far, I’ve been fortunate. But not a day goes by that I don’t wonder whether my streak of good luck is about to end, because the person in front of me in the grocery line is wearing a mask below his nose — expelling a cloud of radioactive COVID dust that I cannot escape, short of dropping $50 on the conveyor belt and trying to outrun the security guard.
“It’s bad enough that we have to fear contracting a deadly virus from a stranger at T.J.Maxx who reaches for the same decorative throw pillow. What’s worse is the brutal reality that the people we love and trust most in this world bring us the same risk. More risk, because these are the people with whom we have regular and close contact. Any sustained encounter with those we love — kisses, hugs, laughs, conversations — could bring fever, blood clots, fluid-filled lungs, and death.
“If there is a fear worse than contracting a deadly illness from someone you love, it is giving a deadly illness to someone you love. A day at work, a bus ride home or a restaurant stop to pick up a carryout dinner is only part of the daily land-mine course that risks exposure to coronavirus. Bringing that bug home to our kids, husband, wife or parents is terrifying.”
Michael J. Stern, a member of USA TODAY’s Board of Contributors, was a federal prosecutor for 25 years in Detroit and Los Angeles
“The reality is that December, January and February are going to be rough times. I actually believe they’re going to be the most difficult time in the public health history of this nation.”
CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield
“U.S. hospitals slammed with COVID-19 patients are trying to lure nurses and doctors out of retirement, recruiting students and new graduates who have yet to earn their licenses and offering eye-popping salaries in a desperate bid to ease staffing shortages.
“Wausau, Wisconsin-based Aspirus Health Care is offering signing bonuses of up to $15,000 for nurses with a year of experience.
“Hospitals also are turning to nurses who travel from state to state. But that’s expensive, because hospitals around the country are competing for them, driving salaries as high as $6,200 per week, according to postings for travel nursing jobs.
“Doctors are in demand, too.
“I don’t even practice anymore, and I’ve gotten lots of emails asking me to travel across the country to work in ERs,” said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association.”
The Associated Press
“The worker shortage continues to frustrate our state’s small business owners. Finding qualified workers is also a challenge, according to (a new) survey, with 89 percent of the employers saying they struggle to find qualified applicants for the job openings they have available. While it’s great news that one in five small
business owners plan to create new jobs in the coming months, let’s not forget that according to another recent NFIB survey that one in five small business owners say that if economic conditions don’t improve in the next six months, they may have to close their doors.”
Bill G. Smith, NFIB Wisconsin State Director
“It’s difficult for me to think about. I rerun the scenario in my head. Very emotional. So much so that I can’t really think about it. It kind of implodes. What can you think about that besides anger, sorrow? Like any bereavement, the only way out is to remember how good it was with John. Because I can’t get over the senseless act. I can’t think about it. I’m sure it’s some form of denial. But denial is the only way that I can deal with it.
“But you know, after he was killed, he was taken to Frank Campbell’s funeral parlor in New York. I’m often passing that. I never pass it without saying: ‘All right, John. Hi, John.’”
Paul McCartney on the murder of John Lennon in an interview with The New York Times Magazine
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
All praise Joe Biden
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK