Week-ends (01/02/21)

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…

THIS IS A SPECIAL YEAR-END EDITION OF WEEK-ENDS RE: 2020

HEROES OF THE YEAR

Doctors, nurses, grocery store clerks, the post office, UPS, FedEx, truckers, all essential workers

Small businesspeople and restaurateurs who persevered when public officials worked to kill their operations

President Trump

Melania Trump

Li Wenliang

Mary Daniel

Mitchell Couch

???….

VILLAINS OF THE YEAR

COVID-19

Flip flopper Dr. Anthony Fauci

Lockdown-crazy governors, i.e. Tony Evers

BLM

Looters, violent protesters

Mask people

WI Supreme Court Justice Brian Hagedorn, alleged conservative

Snitches

QUOTES OF THE YEAR

January quotes

“Soleimani was plotting imminent and sinister attacks on American diplomats and military personnel, but we caught him in the act and terminated him. Under my leadership, America’s policy is unambiguous to terrorists who harm or intend to harm any American. We will find you. We will eliminate you. We will always protect our diplomats, service members, all Americans and our allies.

“For years the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and its ruthless Quds Force under Soleimani’s leadership has targeted, injured and murdered hundreds of American civilians and servicemen. The recent attacks on US targets in Iraq including rocket strikes that killed an American and injured four American servicemen very badly, as well as a violent assault on our embassy in Baghdad, were carried out at the direction of Soleimani.

“Soleimani made the death of innocent people his sick passion, contributing to terrorist plots as far away as New Delhi and London. Today we remember and honor the victims of Soleimani’s many atrocities and we take comfort in knowing that his reign of terror is over.

“We took action to stop a war. We did not take action to start a war.

“The United States has the best military by far anywhere in the world. We have the best intelligence in the world. If Americans anywhere are threatened, we have all of those targets already fully identified, and I am ready and prepared to take whatever action is necessary, and that in particular refers to Iran.”
President Trump after a drone strike on  killed Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Quds Force

“President Trump’s order to take out Qasem Soleimani was morally, constitutionally and strategically correct. It deserves more bipartisan support than the begrudging or negative reactions it has received thus far from my fellow Democrats.”
Joseph I. Lieberman is a former Democratic U.S. senator from Connecticut, and the 2000 Democratic nominee for vice president of the United States. He is chairman of No Labels, a national organization working to revive bipartisanship.

“The Democrats are outraged that we killed this terrorist monster even though this monster was behind hundreds and hundreds of deaths. Great percentages of people don’t have legs or arms because of this son of a bitch.”
President Trump speaking at a campaign rally in Milwaukee, ripping Democrats who were debating in Iowa as he was stumping over their reaction to the killing of Iran’s Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani

“We don’t want a second Benghazi. We made it known. Don’t mess with the USA.”
 Louis Medina, 53, of Miami, one of the thousands who attended a Trump rally Friday in Miami

“Since Trump’s become president we’ve developed a rhythm of what to expect. Somebody’s going to criticize the president, he’s going to fight back on Twitter. I don’t think it’s a grab bag full of surprises anymore; it’s Trump being Trump.”
Presidential historian Douglas Brinkley, a professor at Rice University said that by year three the public has grown more accustomed to Mr. Trump’s style

“He likes me, I like him, we get along. He did sign an agreement talking about denuclearization. … I think he’s a man of his word, so we’re going to find out.”
President Trump, speaking with reporters at his annual New Year’s Eve party at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, said he still has “a very good relationship” with Kim, with whom he has met three times

“This final display neatly distilled the House’s entire partisan process into one perfect visual. It was a transparently partisan process from beginning to end.”
Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell opened the Senate trial of impeachment proceedings, decrying Nancy Pelosi’s decision to hand out “souvenir pens” on Wednesday after she signed the resolution to transmit the charges to the Senate

“As a progressive, to see those two have that level of vitriol was very dispiriting. I want to say that tonight for me was dispiriting. Democrats have to do better than what we saw tonight. There was nothing I saw tonight that would be able to take Donald Trump out. I want to see a Democrat in the White House as soon as possible. There was nothing tonight that if you’re looking at this thing, are any of these people prepared for what Donald Trump is going to do to us? And to see further division is very dispiriting.”
CNN contributor Van Jones after a Democrat debate

“Nobody looked good on that debate stage last night. Just saying what everybody’s saying behind the scenes. I mean, who I’ve talked to. Nobody looked good on the debate stage last night. It was — it was probably everybody’s weakest performance. If they’re debating over policy, that’s one thing. But here we are, on the same night that Donald Trump, the President of the United States, called Democrats ‘traitors.’ They’re not shaking each other’s hands.”
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough on the Democratic debate

“To win in Wisconsin (and in turn America), the president and his team will have to do two things quite well:

• Explain to voters how the president’s policies are actually working for the country and making their lives and the lives of their families better now and in the future.

• Define his opposition as having ideas that would make their lives and the lives of their families worse in the future.

“These are simple concepts but will require a comprehensive plan to implement in Wisconsin — as well as in key states like Michigan, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Ohio, North Carolina, Florida and Arizona.”
Former WI Governor Scott Walker

“To all the women here today, your devotion and your leadership uplifts our entire nation and we thank you for that. The tens of thousands of Americans gathered today not only stand for life – it’s really here that they stand for it so proudly together. And I want to thank everybody for that. You stand for life each and every day. You provide housing, education, jobs, and medical care to the women that you serve. You find loving families for children in need of a forever home. You host baby showers for expecting moms. You make – you just make it your life’s mission to help spread God’s grace.

“And to all the moms here today, we celebrate you and we declare that mothers are heroes. [applause] Your strength, devotion, and drive is what powers our nation. Because of you, our country has been blessed with amazing souls who have changed the course of human history.

“We cannot know what our citizens yet unborn will achieve. The dreams they will imagine. The masterpieces they will create. The discoveries they will make. But we know this: every life brings love into this world. Every child brings joy to a family. Every person is worth protecting.”
President Trump at The March For Life

“I think the most extraordinarily powerful tool and the most destructive development in modern life is the current media. Everybody has a voice — and I think it’s great for people to have a voice — but there’s no way to verify what’s true and what’s not. It has no context; it’s just a 24/7 rage about what’s pissing people off across the board from the left to the right. It could be a unifying factor, but it’s a dividing factor, frankly. And that really troubles me as much as anything. I don’t know how we get beyond that. I don’t know what leader can come along and say, ‘Look, we’re all in this together. We’ve got to find a way to work together.’ This is obviously the most unsettling time I’ve ever experienced in national politics, and I’m not saying that just from an ideological point of view. I’m not saying that as a Democrat or a Republican. I’m saying that as a journalist and as a citizen and as a grandfather.”
Veteran newsman Tom Brokaw in a magazine article

“Have them understand that, if I get fined and look like an idiot in front of the 500 people at the game, or if I get in trouble with the law, because I’m an idiot, maybe that’s what needs to happen. If they have a mom or dad that are going to take things a little bit too far, it’s not only going to reflect poorly on them, but also their child that’s going to be playing in the game.”
Ben Schambow, head coach of the Columbus Boys Basketball Team. New legislation proposed in Wisconsin could mean a hefty fine or jail time for parents who harass sports officials. If passed, the legislation would make it a crime to fight with sporting officials. It could cost parents up to $10,000 worth of fines or nine months of jail time.

“I think if parents could just remember that it’s for the kids. And the kids are trying hard and the officials are trying hard. If that can be the message. And enjoy the experience.”
Jeff Schweitzer, a Columbus referee

“I’m not a regular user, I just wanted to try it out and see if I liked it.”
Trent Yager, of Kenosha, waited outside of RiSE in Mundelein, Illinois, on with his father. It’s the closest dispensary to Wisconsin. Yager said he planned on buying a few plants. On New Year’s Day, Illinois became the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana. However, legislators say marijuana legalization in Wisconsin, especially for recreational use is a long way out. The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department said it will continue to operate as normal enforcing state and local laws and ordinances.

“The man seated on that side of the courtroom, despite what your eyes are looking at, is not a harmless old man.”
Harvey Weinstein, 67, was portrayed as a “sexual predator and a rapist” by Assistant District Attorney Meghan Hast during opening statements at his rape and sexual assault trial in Manhattan. Hast told the jury Weinstein is a sex fiend who exploited his power as a movie mogul to prey on aspiring actresses.

“If you do win an award tonight, don’t use it as a platform to make a political speech. You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything. You know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than [17-year-old environmentalist] Greta Thunberg. So if you win, come up, accept your little award, thank your agent and your god, and f— off.”
Comedian Ricky Gervais hosting the Golden Globe Awards in Hollywood

“You all look lovely all dolled up, you came here in your limos. I came here in a limo and the license plate was made by Felicity Huffman.”
Comedian Ricky Gervais hosting the Golden Globe Awards in Hollywood. Huffman recently completed a stint in prison for her role in the college admissions scandal.

“Could Jones have made a better hire? In McCarthy, he has a well-established head coach. A proven winner, who posted a 125-77-2 record in 13 seasons in Green Bay while guiding his team to the playoffs eight times. A man who boasts a Super Bowl ring 15 years newer than Jones’ last. A man who has worked with the likes of Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers.  A man who understands both how to deal with the lofty expectations of coaching a storied franchise.”
Mike Jones of USA TODAY after Cowboys owner Jerry Jones hired former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy to coach Dallas

“We’re just 11 months away from Election Day 2020 and just five days away from when the Green Bay Packers defeat Nancy Pelosi’s 49ers in the NFC Championship game.”
Vice President Mike Pence at a Milwaukee rally

“We knew they were going to try to run the football, and they absolutely got after us in the run game. But one thing I can say about our team, these guys are a bunch of fighters, and you don’t always get that when you’re down 27-0. These guys kept battling, and I can’t tell you how much that means to myself, our staff … these guys care about one another. That’s why it hurts so bad, because we’ve accomplished a lot of great things this season and ultimately, at the end of the year only one team is going to be happy.”
Packer coach Matt LaFleur after Green Bay lost to San Francisco in the NFC Championship 37-20

“(Aaron Rodgers) can still sling the ball. He can still create when plays break down. He can still throw darts while on the move. But Green Bay’s loss showed that Rodgers, the quarterback of the Packers, is at a stage in his career where he needs more help if he wants to win another Super Bowl. ‘It definitely hurts a little more than it does earlier in your career, just because you realize just how difficult it is to get to this spot,’ Rodgers said after the game. He’s not wrong. Rodgers is now 36 and will enter his 16th season next year. He’s no longer at the level where he can carry a team all on his own, like, say, Patrick Mahomes can. The Packers aren’t far off from a Super Bowl. But this showed that another offensive weapon or two and defensive improvement is a necessity to get there.”
Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY

February quotes

“This was totally avoidable, and on the part of some people I can go as far as to say irresponsible. Here’s one of the most important people in the world who comes to a tragic end like this and you say, ‘Why? What the hell happened?’ The weather is not good enough for the police to fly. Why should Kobe do it?’’
Robert Ditchey, a longtime airplane pilot, aeronautical engineer and former airline executive who lives in Los Angeles on the death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant. Many are wondering why he and others were flying in foggy conditions that prompted the police department to ground its helicopters.

“So, what the hell has happened to @FoxNews. Only I know! Chris Wallace and others should be on Fake News CNN or MSDNC. How’s Shep Smith doing? Watch, this will be the beginning of the end for Fox, just like the other two which are dying in the ratings. Social Media is great!”
President Trump

“I know the governor couldn’t be with us today so let’s make sure he hears this: We’re not going to let that happen.”
VP Mike Pence during a school choice speech at the state capitol in Madison. The former Indiana governor, who said he “was for school choice before it was cool,”  took shots at a Democratic bill to phase out school vouchers while drawing attention to Gov. Tony Evers’ absence from the Capitol. The crowd cheered.

“This should be a no-brainer. I should not have to wake up and really think about do I straighten my hair or can I wear my hair naturally curly?”
State Rep. Lakeshia Myers (D-Milwaukee) is pushing the Crown Act. The bill would make it illegal for an employer, schools and sports organizations to discriminate based on a person’s cultural hairstyle, like dreadlocks and twists braids.

“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

“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

“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

“I don’t understand why pro-life people want to know if they are ‘welcome’ to join the democrat party. Why would any civilized person want to support a barbaric platform that champions abortion for any reason through all nine months funded by taxpayers?”
“Everybody Loves Raymond” actress Patricia Heaton

“The universe is run by me and they don’t get to complain when they get stepped on, spit on, demoralized and, yes, raped and abused by me — the king.”
Prosecutor Joan Illuzzi-Orbon mimicking Harvey Weinstein as he spoke to a jury. Weinstein believed he was so powerful he could get away with denigrating aspiring actresses drawn into a world where the Hollywood big shot considered them “complete disposables,” the prosecutor told a jury in closing arguments Friday at his New York City rape trial.

“Between 2017 and 2018, the use of vapor products increased 78% among high school students, and by 48% among middle school students. Nearly half of 12th graders reported using vapor products. After decades of smoking going down, suddenly the numbers have been spiking again. It is what can only be described as a public health crisis.”
State Representative John Spiros (R-Marshfield) on the passage of Assembly Bill 422 that would increase the age to purchase cigarettes, tobacco, nicotine, and vapor products from 18 to 21. The bill would penalize both licensed and non-licensed retailers who sell these products to individuals under the age of 21. The bill now goes to the state Senate.

“I’d like to talk about who we’re running against: a billionaire who calls women ‘fat broads’ and ‘horse-faced lesbians.’ And no, I’m not talking about Donald Trump. I’m talking about Mayor Bloomberg. Democrats are not going to win if we have a nominee who has a history of hiding his tax returns, of harassing women and supporting racist policies like redlining and stop and frisk.”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) at a Democratic debate slamming Mike Bloomberg

“When you asked Bernie how much it cost last time he said…‘We’ll find out.’ “It costs over $35 trillion, let’s get real.”
Joe Biden a Democratic debate after Bernie Sanders defended the cost of his signature “Medicare for All” healthcare plan, which would eliminate the private insurance industry in favor of a government-backed healthcare system that would cover all Americans

“Eleven years ago today, near the bottom of the worst recession in generations, I signed the Recovery Act, paving the way for more than a decade of economic growth and the longest streak of job creation in American history.”
Barack Obama in a tweet, trying to take credit for the economy

“With an economy this good, it’s no wonder Barack Obama is trying to take credit. But I believe the saying is: ‘You didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen’.”
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA)

“We want to express our most profound and everlasting gratitude to President Trump. How do you properly thank someone who has given you back the freedom that was stolen from you? He didn’t have to do this. He’s a Republican president. I was a Democratic governor. And doing this does nothing to help his politics. President Trump is a man who is tough and outspoken, but he also has a kind heart.”
Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, speaking to the press eight years since he went to prison on corruption-related crimes, including trying to sell Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat. President Trump commuted Rod Blagojevich’s corruption sentence.

“I feel every single guy over there deserves a beating. I think the commissioner completely handled it the wrong way. But that’s the way he did it and we got to live with that. I know a lot of people disagreed with the way he handled this decision. He should be embarrassed of himself.”
Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis became the latest major leaguer to take aim at the Houston Astros in the wake of their sign-stealing scandal. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred suspended Houston manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow for one season for the team’s actions in using video to steal catcher’s signs in 2017 and 2018, and the pair were fired by Astros owner Jim Crane. Manfred fined the Astros $5 million and stripped them of their next two first- and second-round draft picks.

“Earlier today, a wicked murderer opened fire at a Molson Coors brewing company plant, taking the lives of five people. Our hearts break for them and their loved ones. We send our condolences. We’ll be with them.”

President Trump speaking at a news conference

“This is a time for us to think about those families because there were five individuals who went to work today, just like everyone goes to work, and they thought they were going to go to work, finish their day and return to their families. They didn’t, and tragically they never will.”
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett after a gunman killed five people — and then himself — during a rampage Wednesday afternoon on the Milwaukee campus of Molson Coors

“The vile and heinous deadly violence that was perpetrated at the brewery complex today has no place in our society and makes no sense. The cold disregard for human lives and the lack of value for human life that was shown must be categorically denounced across Milwaukee, across Wisconsin and throughout our nation.”
Milwaukee Ald. Russell Stamper, whose district includes the Molson Coors brewery, offered condolences to the victims and their co-workers

“Obviously, we all wish he was sleeping in his own bed right now, but he appeared to be as healthy as possible, although his vital signs might not have been ideal, but he was trying to motivate me and passing the message along to the rest of the team to keep fighting for him.

“He’s been consistent from the day I met him about his innocence, and he’s still very forceful in proclaiming that ‘I didn’t sexually assault anyone and I didn’t rape anyone.”
New York defense attorney Arthur Aidala on Harvey Weinstein who was convicted of two felony counts — criminal sexual assault and third-degree rape — for attacking former production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006 and aspiring actress Jessica Mann in 2013.

“Lent is a time to give up useless words, gossip, rumors, tittle-tattle and speak to God on a first name basis. We live in an atmosphere polluted by too much verbal violence, too many offensive and harmful words, which are amplified by the internet. Today, people insult each other as if they were saying ‘Good Day.’”
Pope Francis added a modern twist to the list of things to quit during the season and beyond: insulting people on social media

March quotes

March quotes

“Democrats are using this (the coronavirus) for their political gain to try and stoke fear in the American people, which is shameful, wrong, and I think un-American.” 
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel

“Anything that they can use to try to hurt Trump, they will. For them to try to take a pandemic and seemingly hope that it comes here and kills millions of people so that they could end Donald Trump’s streak of winning is a new level of sickness.”
Donald Trump Jr

“Seriously people – STOP BUYING MASKS! They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus, but if healthcare providers can’t get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk!”
Surgeon General Jerome Adams

“I want to tell you, Gorsuch, I want to tell you, Kavanaugh, you have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”
While speaking to pro-abortion protesters in front of the Supreme Court, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer threatened two sitting justices with repercussions if they ruled to uphold a Louisiana law requiring abortion providers to gain admitting privileges to hospitals before offering their services to women

“It’s conceivable that Schumer — who, like the rest of his party, doesn’t have the slightest interest in protecting babies who’ve survive botched abortions — can’t think of any good reason for hospital-admitting privileges. But treating as an ‘undue burden’ any laws that require abortion clinics to provide basic medical facilities for women is just an example of the Democrats’ extremism on the issue. Threatening justices over the case is hysterical.”
David Harsanyi, senior writer at The Federalist

“You feel like you’re staggering around, you’ve been in a 15 round prize fight that was extended to 30 rounds and here’s something that will take your mind off it for a while, that’s what happens. Because there, whatever life – not just me. Everybody’s life has pressures and disappointments, terrors, fears of whatever.

“Things I did to manage my anxieties for years. I’m a different, totally different person than I was, a lot of that stuff 20 years ago.”
In an explosive documentary on DailyMailTV Bill Clinton claims that his affair with Monica Lewinsky while he was in office helped with his own issues

“I went and sat on the bed and talked to her. I told her exactly what happened, when it happened. I said I feel terrible about it. We’ve been through quite a bit in the last few years. I said I have no defense, it’s inexcusable what I did.”
Bill Clinton in the documentary about telling Hillary of the affair

“I was just devastated. I could not believe it. I was so personally just hurt and I can’t believe this, I can’t believe you lied.”
Hillary in the documentary

“Heroin preyed on me at my weakest moments. It beat me and it kicked me when I was down. It lied to me and filled me with false promises. Heroin brought me to places I would’ve never gone. It had me do things I never thought I would do.”
Cassandra Nygren, daughter of state Representative John Nygren (R-Marinette), testifying at a hearing where she was sentenced to 13 years in prison for playing a role in supplying drugs that led to the overdose death of a pregnant woman. Nygren was sentenced for various offenses, including first-degree reckless homicide and delivery of heroin, among others.

“It started as a joke: Before leaving a post-practice interview session Rudy Gobert touched all the tape recorders that were placed before him on a table, devices that reporters who cover the Utah Jazz were using during an availability with him on Monday before a game with the Detroit Pistons. It isn’t so funny now — not with two Jazz players now having tested positive for the virus, and with a league on edge.”
The Associated Press

“This is much bigger than basketball. This is a global pandemic where people’s lives are at stake. I’m a lot more worried about my kids, and my mom is 82 years old, and talking to her, and telling her to stay in the house, than I am about when we play our next game.”
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban after the NBA suspended its season

“Baseball is obviously secondary to what’s happening in the world. I think that the general health and safety and well-being of the American public is far more important and significant than baseball or baseball games or anything like that. Certainly, we defer to all those people and trust that they’re leading us in the right direction.”
Milwaukee Brewer Ryan Braun

“You have to get solid valuable information out to the public. It has to be morning, noon and night.”
Former secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during George W. Bush’s first presidential term, Tommy Thompson offered suggestions on how to deal with the coronavirus outbreak

“I was an international businessperson before my father got into politics. That’s what we did. I’m not going to say I haven’t benefited from my father’s last name, just like Hunter Biden did, I’d be foolish to say that.  I haven’t benefited from my father’s taxpayer funded office. Hunter Biden, his father becomes VP, all of a sudden he goes over to the Ukraine and he’s making $83,000 a month.

“I’d 100% debate [Hunter Biden]. Let’s talk about who profited off of whose public service. Let’s make it happen.” 
Donald Trump Jr

“To all the women who had that sickening feeling of having to choose between preserving their careers vs speaking out against their abuser, and who managed to find their voice, thank you. To those who chose otherwise, you’re loved & supported too.”
Megyn Kelly after Harvey Weinstein’s sentencing

“Seeing Weinstein’s sentence today reminds me of the story of the judge who sentences an old man to 20 years in jail. The old man says ‘I shall die before I get out.’ The judge says, very kindly, ‘Well, just do as many as you can.’”
John Cleese

“I see what they know and what they don’t know. And they certainly don’t know about second world war or what happened to the Jews and about the Holocaust.”
Holocaust survivor Eva Zaret at a state Senate committee public hearing in Madison testified she was 7 years old when she saw piles of dead bodies on the streets in the Budapest, Hungary, neighborhood she was living in. She said she tells her stories to show them what hatred can bring, and to teach them empathy and love. A bill that would require Wisconsin schools to incorporate the Holocaust and other genocides into social studies standards will likely pass the state Senate’s committee on education.


“What do you say to Americans who are watching you right now who are scared?”

NBC News reporter Peter Alexander questioning President Trump at a news conference

“I say that you’re a terrible reporter, that’s what I say…The American people are looking for answers, and they’re looking for hope. And you’re doing sensationalism…”
President Trump responding to Alexander

“If people do what we’re telling them to do we’ll save a lot of lives. We are looking to save the maximum number of lives. Everything is going to come back. The economy is going to come roaring back…it’s all pent up. I think we’ll have an economy like never before.” 
President Trump

“We can only be certain that shutting down virtually every part of society will result in a large number of people economically ruined, life savings depleted, decades of work building a restaurant or some other small business destroyed. As if that were not bad enough, the ancillary effects would include increased depression and divorce and other personal tragedies. The effects of closing schools for weeks or months will include family chaos, vast numbers of bored young people, health care providers who will have to stay home and more. Yet young people are the least likely people to become ill from the virus.”
Nationally-syndicated radio talk show host Dennis Prager

“To put the left’s complete idiocy in perspective, you won’t find anyone on that side of the political persuasion disagreeing with any sort of social distancing proposals, right down to declaring martial law and banning all nonessential people movement on pain of felony. They’re perfectly happy to shut down the entire U.S. economy in the name of fighting coronavirus for as long as necessary, with absolutely no regard for the people THAT action will hurt. However, there IS one thing no true leftist would ever agree to do, under any circumstances, no matter how dangerous the costs could be for not doing so – close the U.S. / Mexico border.”
Scott Morefield, a reporter for The Daily Caller and a weekly columnist at Townhall

“I know the COVID-19 outbreak has been difficult and has disrupted the lives of people across our state. Issuing a Safer at Home order isn’t something I thought we’d have to do and it’s not something I take lightly, but here’s the bottom line: folks need to start taking this seriously. Each and every one of us has to do our part to help slow the spread of COVID-19 so we can flatten the curve to ensure our doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers have the opportunity to do their important work.”
WI Gov. Evers

“Our first concern is with everyone’s well-being so our customers, our employees, we will do whatever we can to help educate and make it more safe for people. But there’s no hiding behind the fact that this will be a tremendous economic hardship for the thousands of people who work for us.”
Tavern League of Wisconsin spokesman Scott Stenger after Gov. Tony Evers on Monday banned gatherings of 50 people or more, requiring bars and restaurants to limit their patrons

“Our staff, who is our family, and our businesses are at tremendous personal risk. There are few workers in the state of Wisconsin who are as vulnerable and as valuable as the artists, artisans and creative forces that fuel our businesses. We in the hospitality industry are at a loss when we are not able to serve others. We are asking you and trusting you, the Governor, to help guide us and take action as soon as possible.”
In Madison, a statement—first posted by Francesca Hong, the chef and owner of Morris Ramen—to Gov. Tony Evers asking to help the restaurant industry. The statement asks for the administration to support emergency unemployment benefits to all hourly and salaried workers furloughed; eliminate sales, use and payroll taxes; and call for rent and loan abatement for workers and employers.


“Thank you for the letter, but Tony Evers & Andrea Palm are failures. Not including factories, department/grocery stores, childcare, etc only allows the problem to grow. Evers & Palm have dropped the axe on thousands of service industry people. He should declare martial law or claim to be a dictator.”
A post on Instagram by appletonbartender reacting to Hong’s statement

The Tokyo Olympic Games “must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020, but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community.”
The International Olympic Committee 

“Maybe people aren’t going to be shaking hands anymore. He (Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) was saying the regular flu would be cut down by quite a bit if we didn’t do that, if we didn’t shake hands.”
President Trump

“If I could marinate myself in sanitizer I would.
Dr. Sharon Levine, the section chief for geriatric medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston

April quotes

“Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’ refusal to push for a delay of his state’s Tuesday primary has infuriated fellow Democrats in the state, who are now openly accusing him of failing to prevent an impending train wreck”

POLITICO

There’s this enormous conflict between what we need to do in a democracy in the midst of a pandemic. You can’t have a stay-at-home order but then tell millions of people to go stand in line and congregate near one another across the state. Having an election in the middle of a stay-at-home order makes no sense. It did not have to be this way.”
Racine Mayor Cory Mason

“I had a conversation with him (Evers) several weeks back, I expressed my frustrations to him. I didn’t want to file a lawsuit but said that was my intention if things were not resolved. I’ve been very upfront with him and his staff and legislators about how strongly we feel about how difficult it would be and how wrongheaded it would be to move forward with an election. But unfortunately, we have gotten no action.”
Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich 

“This is a significant concern and a very unnecessary public health risk. I can’t move this election or change it on my own. My hands are tied.”
WI Gov. Tony Evers called a special legislative session to extend the election date to May 19 and convert the contest entirely to a mail-in election. His idea was rejected by GOP legislative leaders.

“Hundreds of thousands of workers are going to their jobs every day, serving in essential roles in our society. There’s no question that an election is just as important as getting take-out food. If the governor had legitimate concerns, we could have come to a bipartisan solution weeks ago.”
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said in a statement

“No matter what the push back is, my goal is to create more family-supporting jobs in the neighborhoods, close to where the people who need the jobs live.”
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett who ran for re-election

“What will he do in the next four years that he hasn’t done in the last 16?  We deserve better.”
State Senator Lena Taylor who ran against Barrett


“Mr. President, we hear from a lot of people who see these briefings as sort of ‘happy talk’ briefings.”

CNN’s Jim Acosta accused President Trump of engaging in “happy talk” during daily briefings on Wuhan coronavirus

“This is not happy talk. Maybe it’s happy talk for you. It’s not happy talk for me. We’re talking about death. We’re talking about the greatest economy in the world one day I have to close it off. And we did the right thing because maybe it would have been two million people died instead of whatever that final number will be. Which could be 60, 70, could 75, could be 55 [thousand]. Thousands of people have died. There’s nothing happy about it Jim. This is sad talk. These are the saddest news conference that I’ve ever had. I don’t like doing them, you know why? Because I’m talking about death. I’m talking about taking the greatest economy ever created. We had the greatest numbers we’ve ever had in almost every aspect of economics. There’s no happy talk Jim. This is the real deal and I’ve got to make the biggest decision of my life,” he continued in reference to opening the economy. “I’ve made a lot of big decisions in my life…this is by far the biggest decision of my life.”
President Trump responding to Acosta

“I want to go on record and say we could be unnecessarily destroying our economy. COVID IS NOT AIRBORNE (droplets yes, airborne no). My GOD we’re over reacting.”
Michelle Litjens Vos, a conservative pundit and former state lawmaker, on her personal Facebook page

“Imagine playing Monopoly and being told you’re not allowed to take a turn while being stuck on the other player’s property. Meanwhile, the other player is allowed to keep playing and demand rent for every turn you are ordered to stay on that space. That’s what real life has become for most of us. We’re not allowed to earn an income, but the landlords demand rent, credit card interest continues accruing, and necessities still cost money. If one player isn’t allowed to play while the other is, the game is broken.”
Brian Dzyak of Northridge, CA, in a letter to the editor of the LA Times

“People died for my right to vote, so if I have to take a risk to vote that’s what I have to do.”
Michael Claus, 66, who was among several hundred people waiting in an early morning line to vote Tuesday at Milwaukee’s Riverside University High School

“I’m disgusted. I requested an absentee ballot almost three weeks ago and never got it. I have a father dying from lung disease and I have to risk my life and his just to exercise my right to vote.”
Milwaukee resident Jennifer Taff

“The recipe for these (stay at home) protests are elected officials going too far with their stay-at-home orders, local media not reflecting the concerns of the people, and a national media that would rather fight the President than fairly cover the pandemic.

“In Colorado, a father was detained by police while playing t-ball with his daughter in a park and obeying social distancing rules. Church-goers in Mississippi were cited and initially fined $500 for attending a drive-in church in their own cars with the windows up all while drive-in restaurants were allowed to operate. Residents in Michigan are told which products in a grocery store are essential and which are not. In Denver, pot stores are considered essential businesses and remain open only because they have good lobbyists with connections to the Mayor’s office. The same city has cited appliance and craft stores for remaining open. In Raleigh, North Carolina, the police deemed protesting a ‘non-essential activity’.”
Jeff Hunt is the Director of the Centennial Institute

“Better safe than sorry” seems to have replaced Americans’ treasured love of liberty. We are settling for being controlled by politicians and ‘experts’ who are afraid to let Americans take control of their lives. President Trump has done a masterful job of reacting quickly to shut down travel with China in the face of COVID-19. He’s successfully managed a consistent measured federal response to the pandemic while giving governors and local leaders more say in how they respond. He has now released a reasonable three-phase plan to an economic recovery rollout. It’s time to let more people begin to go back to work!”
Terry Paulson, PhD is a psychologist, and award-winning professional speaker


“I feel like our constitutional rights are being taken from us. And I’m just not willing anymore. What’s going to happen is going to happen.”

Dan Zierath, owner of Jackson’s Blue Ribbon Pub in Wauwatosa, was the first bar owner to publicly say he would be opening on May 1, in defiance of the governor’s stay-at-home order

“People die every day because of this and the more we screw around with it, the more people die. Political power should not trump life. This is an extraordinary day unlike any other, frankly, I’ve ever witnessed as governor or even before I was governor. This is a power grab by the Legislative Republicans who are telling 4,600 plus in the state of Wisconsin who have contracted COVID-19 and the families of the 242 people who have died, we don’t care about you — we care about our political power.”
Gov. Tony Evers

“If you weren’t convinced that Democrats are crazy, insane and a danger to us all, I now have clear and irrefutable proof. It’s hydroxychloroquine. That’s the anti-malaria drug that has become a weapon in our arsenal to defeat coronavirus. The stories of its remarkable success in the battle versus this terrible, deadly pandemic are everywhere. They are no longer ‘anecdotal.’ This Trump-touted drug appears to be a miracle drug.

“… let me mention the latest Rasmussen poll, which shows that only 18 percent of Democrats would take hydroxychloroquine if they were sick with coronavirus. Folks, that’s just nuts. Democrats are suicidal. They not only don’t value human life; they don’t even value their own lives.”
Wayne Allyn Root, nationally syndicated conservative TV and radio host known as “the Capitalist Evangelist” and “the conservative warrior”

“We have to write off 2020. It’s already the year that didn’t happen. We’re not going to make any money because there are no revenues with TV and movies not getting made. Anyone who says that everything is not totally f****** is lying. Everything has changed in what we do.”
An unidentified Hollywood movie industry agent

There’s this enormous conflict between what we need to do in a democracy in the midst of a pandemic. You can’t have a stay-at-home order but then tell millions of people to go stand in line and congregate near one another across the state. Having an election in the middle of a stay-at-home order makes no sense. It did not have to be this way.”
Racine Mayor Cory Mason

“I had a conversation with him (Evers) several weeks back, I expressed my frustrations to him. I didn’t want to file a lawsuit but said that was my intention if things were not resolved. I’ve been very upfront with him and his staff and legislators about how strongly we feel about how difficult it would be and how wrongheaded it would be to move forward with an election. But unfortunately, we have gotten no action.”
Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich 

“This is a significant concern and a very unnecessary public health risk. I can’t move this election or change it on my own. My hands are tied.”
WI Gov. Tony Evers called a special legislative session to extend the election date to May 19 and convert the contest entirely to a mail-in election. His idea was rejected by GOP legislative leaders.

“Hundreds of thousands of workers are going to their jobs every day, serving in essential roles in our society. There’s no question that an election is just as important as getting take-out food. If the governor had legitimate concerns, we could have come to a bipartisan solution weeks ago.”
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said in a statement

“No matter what the push back is, my goal is to create more family-supporting jobs in the neighborhoods, close to where the people who need the jobs live.”
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett who ran for re-election

“What will he do in the next four years that he hasn’t done in the last 16?  We deserve better.”
State Senator Lena Taylor who ran against Barrett

“Mr. President, we hear from a lot of people who see these briefings as sort of ‘happy talk’ briefings.”

CNN’s Jim Acosta accused President Trump of engaging in “happy talk” during daily briefings on Wuhan coronavirus

“This is not happy talk. Maybe it’s happy talk for you. It’s not happy talk for me. We’re talking about death. We’re talking about the greatest economy in the world one day I have to close it off. And we did the right thing because maybe it would have been two million people died instead of whatever that final number will be. Which could be 60, 70, could 75, could be 55 [thousand]. Thousands of people have died. There’s nothing happy about it Jim. This is sad talk. These are the saddest news conference that I’ve ever had. I don’t like doing them, you know why? Because I’m talking about death. I’m talking about taking the greatest economy ever created. We had the greatest numbers we’ve ever had in almost every aspect of economics. There’s no happy talk Jim. This is the real deal and I’ve got to make the biggest decision of my life,” he continued in reference to opening the economy. “I’ve made a lot of big decisions in my life…this is by far the biggest decision of my life.”
President Trump responding to Acosta

“I want to go on record and say we could be unnecessarily destroying our economy. COVID IS NOT AIRBORNE (droplets yes, airborne no). My GOD we’re over reacting.”
Michelle Litjens Vos, a conservative pundit and former state lawmaker, on her personal Facebook page

“Imagine playing Monopoly and being told you’re not allowed to take a turn while being stuck on the other player’s property. Meanwhile, the other player is allowed to keep playing and demand rent for every turn you are ordered to stay on that space. That’s what real life has become for most of us. We’re not allowed to earn an income, but the landlords demand rent, credit card interest continues accruing, and necessities still cost money. If one player isn’t allowed to play while the other is, the game is broken.”
Brian Dzyak of Northridge, CA, in a letter to the editor of the LA Times

“People died for my right to vote, so if I have to take a risk to vote that’s what I have to do.”
Michael Claus, 66, who was among several hundred people waiting in an early morning line to vote Tuesday at Milwaukee’s Riverside University High School

“I’m disgusted. I requested an absentee ballot almost three weeks ago and never got it. I have a father dying from lung disease and I have to risk my life and his just to exercise my right to vote.”
Milwaukee resident Jennifer Taff

“The recipe for these (stay at home) protests are elected officials going too far with their stay-at-home orders, local media not reflecting the concerns of the people, and a national media that would rather fight the President than fairly cover the pandemic.

“In Colorado, a father was detained by police while playing t-ball with his daughter in a park and obeying social distancing rules. Church-goers in Mississippi were cited and initially fined $500 for attending a drive-in church in their own cars with the windows up all while drive-in restaurants were allowed to operate. Residents in Michigan are told which products in a grocery store are essential and which are not. In Denver, pot stores are considered essential businesses and remain open only because they have good lobbyists with connections to the Mayor’s office. The same city has cited appliance and craft stores for remaining open. In Raleigh, North Carolina, the police deemed protesting a ‘non-essential activity’.”
Jeff Hunt is the Director of the Centennial Institute

“Better safe than sorry” seems to have replaced Americans’ treasured love of liberty. We are settling for being controlled by politicians and ‘experts’ who are afraid to let Americans take control of their lives. President Trump has done a masterful job of reacting quickly to shut down travel with China in the face of COVID-19. He’s successfully managed a consistent measured federal response to the pandemic while giving governors and local leaders more say in how they respond. He has now released a reasonable three-phase plan to an economic recovery rollout. It’s time to let more people begin to go back to work!”
Terry Paulson, PhD is a psychologist, and award-winning professional speaker


“I feel like our constitutional rights are being taken from us. And I’m just not willing anymore. What’s going to happen is going to happen.”

Dan Zierath, owner of Jackson’s Blue Ribbon Pub in Wauwatosa, was the first bar owner to publicly say he would be opening on May 1, in defiance of the governor’s stay-at-home order

“People die every day because of this and the more we screw around with it, the more people die. Political power should not trump life. This is an extraordinary day unlike any other, frankly, I’ve ever witnessed as governor or even before I was governor. This is a power grab by the Legislative Republicans who are telling 4,600 plus in the state of Wisconsin who have contracted COVID-19 and the families of the 242 people who have died, we don’t care about you — we care about our political power.”
Gov. Tony Evers

“If you weren’t convinced that Democrats are crazy, insane and a danger to us all, I now have clear and irrefutable proof. It’s hydroxychloroquine. That’s the anti-malaria drug that has become a weapon in our arsenal to defeat coronavirus. The stories of its remarkable success in the battle versus this terrible, deadly pandemic are everywhere. They are no longer ‘anecdotal.’ This Trump-touted drug appears to be a miracle drug.

“… let me mention the latest Rasmussen poll, which shows that only 18 percent of Democrats would take hydroxychloroquine if they were sick with coronavirus. Folks, that’s just nuts. Democrats are suicidal. They not only don’t value human life; they don’t even value their own lives.”
Wayne Allyn Root, nationally syndicated conservative TV and radio host known as “the Capitalist Evangelist” and “the conservative warrior”

“We have to write off 2020. It’s already the year that didn’t happen. We’re not going to make any money because there are no revenues with TV and movies not getting made. Anyone who says that everything is not totally f****** is lying. Everything has changed in what we do.”
An unidentified Hollywood movie industry agent

May quotes

“As it pertained to Dr. [Christine Blasey] Ford, high-level Democrats said she should be believed, that they believed it happened. You said, if someone like Dr. Ford were to come out, the essence of what she is saying has to be believed, has to be real. Why? Why? Why is it real for Dr. Ford, but not for Tara Reade? Are women to be believed unless it pertains to you?”
MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski confronted former Vice President Joe Biden over his past comments on the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, in light of Biden’s own denial of a sexual assault claim lodged against him by Tara Reade

“Look, women are to be believed, given the benefit of the doubt. If they come forward and say something that they said happened to them, they should start off with the presumption that they’re telling the truth. Then you have to look at the circumstances and the facts. And the facts in this case do not exist. They never happened.

“I’m not going to question her motive, I’m not going to get into that at all. I don’t know why these she’s saying this. I don’t know why after 27 years all of a sudden this gets raised. I don’t understand that. But I’m not going to go in and question her motive. I’m not going to attack her. She has a right to say whatever she wants to say. But I have a right to say, look at the facts, check it out. Find out if what any of what she says is true.”
Biden’s response

“I wish he would (drop out of the race). He won’t, but I wish he would. I want to say, you and I were there, Joe Biden. Please step forward and be held accountable. You should not be running on character for the president of the United States.”
Tara Reade, the woman who has accused Joe Biden of sexual assault

“I’m saying, unequivocally, it never, never happened.”
Joe Biden

What is the number of Americans who would have died from the Wuhan Flu under President Biden? That seems like a pretty basic question that no one ever asks these bozos (the media). You have to have a scale to measure these things by. Where is the cut-off between a good outcome and a bad one in terms of mortality? Is it 10,000? 20,000? What’s the number? All we know is that one death is acceptable. If it weren’t, the Dems would have cast off Floatin’ Ted Kennedy the minute he showed up with a neck brace and a martini.
Columnist Kurt Schlichter

“My question for you is, where in the Constitution did the people of Wisconsin confer authority on a single unelected cabinet secretary to compel almost six million people to stay at home and close their businesses and face imprisonment if they don’t comply — with no input from the legislature — without the consent of the people. Isn’t it the very definition of tyranny for one person to order people to be imprisoned for going to work, among other ordinarily lawful activities? Where does the Constitution say that’s permissible counsel?”
The WI Supreme Court heard oral arguments regarding Gov. Evers’ extension of his stay-at-home order. Assistant Attorney General Colin T. Roth had just begun his argument in defense of Gov. Evers when Justice Rebecca Bradley questioned him.

“As much as people believe we’re going to return to the good old days — that’s just not going to happen.”
WI Gov. Tony Evers

“Let us remember how small our differences are in the face of this shared threat. In the final analysis, we are not partisan combatants. We’re human beings, equally vulnerable and equally wonderful in the sight of God. We rise or fall together. And we’re determined to rise.”
Former President George W. Bush urged the nation in a video message to show compassion and empathy during a “challenging and solemn time in the life our nation and world.”

“Oh bye the way, I appreciate the message from former President Bush, but where was he during Impeachment calling for putting partisanship aside. He was nowhere to be found in speaking up against the greatest Hoax in American history!”
Tweet by President Trump

“Giving in to panic is like surrendering to the enemy.”
Russian World War II veteran Valentina Efremova (96). On the 75th anniversary of the allied victory in the World War II, The Associated Press spoke to veterans in ex-Soviet countries.

“War teaches us that fear kills worse than disease. I was not afraid of diseases then, I’m not afraid even now.”
Anatoly Grakovich (91) who fought the Nazis as a teenage member of partisan formations in Soviet Belarus

This case is about the assertion of power by one unelected official, Andrea Palm, and her order to all people within Wisconsin to remain in their homes, not to travel and to close all businesses that she declares are not “essential” in Emergency Order 28.

We conclude that Emergency Order 28 is a rule under the controlling precedent of this court, and therefore is subject to statutory emergency rulemaking procedures established by the Legislature. Because Palm did not follow the law in creating Order 28, there can be no criminal penalties for violations of her order. We do not conclude that Palm was without any power to act in the face of this pandemic. However, Palm must follow the law that is applicable to state-wide emergencies. We further conclude that Palm’s order confining all people to their homes, forbidding travel and closing businesses exceeded the statutory authority of Wis. Stat. §252.02 upon which Palm claims to rely.

The dispute in this case involves whether the Secretary-designee of DHS issued an order in violation of the laws of Wisconsin——an order that impacts every person in Wisconsin, as well as persons who come into Wisconsin, and every “non-essential” business.

Palm’s order confining all people to their homes, forbidding travel and closing businesses exceeded the statutory authority of Wis. Stat. §252.02, upon which Palm claims to rely. By the Court.—Palm’s Emergency Order 28 is declared unlawful, invalid, and unenforceable.
From the WI Supreme Court’s ruling against the state-imposed stay-at-home order

“Ms. Palm came here as Governor Evers’ hired gun, and she will leave with Wisconsin’s corpse if she continues.”
Sen. Tom Tiffany, who was elected to Congress in a special election, said Palm should step down as leader of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services because of how she handled the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic

“Why do I have to stay home just because you are scared? How about you stay home … you stay in your house indefinitely, you wear a mask, you socially distance yourself from me, you avoid restaurants, you avoid baseball games, you stay off the roads, you avoid malls and beaches and parks … I’m done playing your dumb game … I’m no longer going to be a prisoner of your fear. I’m no longer staying in my house or catering to you because you are scared … your fear is not an excuse to destroy America. Your fear is not my fear and your fear does not have the right to interfere with my life, my job, my income or my future as a free American citizen.”
Rock musician Ted Nugent

“Well I tell you what, if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”
Joe Biden in an interview

“That is as arrogant and offensive and demeaning as I can imagine in this time we are living.  Race-baiting in the 21st century is an ineffective tool to attract one of the most intelligent voting blocks in the nation.”
Tim Scott of South Carolina, the sole black Republican serving in the US Senate

“As far as the president is concerned, he’s our president and I would rather he not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists, especially in his age group and in his, shall we say, weight group, morbidly obese, they say. So, I think it’s not a good idea.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., chastised President Donald Trump on Monday for his decision to take hydroxychloroquine, saying that health experts have warned about its effects and that it could be harmful to the president

“Pelosi is a sick woman. She’s got a lot of problems, a lot of mental problems. We’re dealing with people that have to get their act together for the good of the country.”
President Trump responding to Pelosi


“Please, please, please, I can’t breathe.”

George Floyd

“What I was saying was, I was asked 11 questions as to why churches would be allowed to reopen. It was a bit peculiar to be asked these 11 questions in a row. And for the onus and the focus solely to be on why churches are essential, I’ve never been asked why liquor stores was essential. So I was merely pointing that out. And to the point about questioning the journalists and asking why they’re asking certain questions, I field hundreds of questions a day. Journalists are not above being questioned themselves. Journalism is a great and noble profession, but there’s been a dearth of journalists asking the real questions for President Obama, the criminal leak of Michael Flynn’s identity, who leaked that identity, the dossier which was used to launch a three-year investigation into this president and spy on his campaign. Why aren’t those questions being asked? It’s journalistic malpractice not to ask those questions.”
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany pushed back on criticism after she took issue with the number of questions she received at a press briefing about churches being considered essential

“Barely five months before the most important presidential election of our lifetime, with the Supreme Court on the line, is no time to convert the election machinery of more than 100,000 election precincts to an unprecedented, untested system of any kind (mail-in ballots). Yet Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer seeks to send absentee ballot applications to 7.7 million people on an error-ridden list of potential voters.

“States can more easily manage the integrity of a small number of mail-in ballots compared with being overwhelmed by everyone, even illegal aliens, voting by mail.

“The costs are staggering, and states ask Congress to force taxpayers to foot the bill for this folly.

“Democrats even want unions to be allowed to collect ballots, but that would add unwanted intimidation of voters to the process. Unionized workers should be free from union coercion when they mark their ballots.

“Allowing votes to be mailed until Election Day means that counting ballots and declaring a winner may not occur until weeks later. The post office can take up to ten days to deliver a letter, particularly amid high volume, and in a close election the outcome could change when ballots are lost in the mail.”
John and Andy Schlafly are sons of Phyllis Schlafly (1924-2016) and lead the continuing Phyllis Schlafly Eagles organizations with writing and policy work

“There have been many cycles, but this is the third wave, and this current wave, I have to tell you, is kicking my ass. For the last seven days, I have been virtually worthless, virtually useless. I haven’t left the house. I haven’t done much of anything except just try to rest and relax. Every day, I wake up and the first thing I do is thank God that I did. Just waking up is a blessing.”
69-year old radio host Rush Limbaugh, who is battling advanced lung cancer

“It’s an agonizing, terrible decision, but one that we felt was the right decision…what we struggled with here at the Wisconsin State Fair is how to put together a safe venue that everybody would feel secure, that we would know that we did everything right and doing everything right meant unfortunately we had to cancel.”
WI State Fair Park Board Chairman John Yingling on his decision to cancel the fair this year

June quotes

“When you block law enforcement from allowing fire services to get to a home that has caught on fire, you are not inspiring change. When you knock out windows of businesses that had nothing to do with this, you are not inspiring change. That’s an insult to the cause.”
Richmond VA Mayor Levar Stoney. Rioters intentionally set a home on fire with a child inside of it. The rioters then used vehicles to block firefighters from reaching the home.

“OK, protesters. You won your battle. You stood up for justice and woke up the world to a problem that has existed for too long in our criminal justice system and needs to be solved ASAP. Now it’s time for you to do something else for the good of your country. Get off the streets. Go home before your peaceful protests do us any more harm.

“Then get rid of the Democrats who’ve been running – and wrecking – most of our biggest cities for the last half century. They’re the politicians who’ve failed to police their police for decades — not President Trump.”
Michael Reagan, a political consultant, and the author of “Lessons My Father Taught Me: The Strength, Integrity, and Faith of Ronald Reagan” 

THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT IS HAPPENING

Scare people with a virus. Place them in quarantine. Count the number of dead every second of every day in every news headline. Close all businesses. 40,000,000 out of jobs. Peak unemployment. Remove entertainment: parks, gyms, bars, restaurants, sports. No dating. No touching. Mask people. Dehumanize them. Close temples and churches. Create a vacuum. Let depression and anxiety and desperation set in. Then… ignite hatred and civil war. Civil unrest. Empty the prisons because of the virus and fill the streets with criminals. Send in Antifa to vandalize property as if they are freedom fighters. Undermine the law. Loot. Attack law enforcement, but tell government to order a stand-down. We are all being baited by adversarial governments who want to destroy America – China, Iran, Russia. Have the Far Left abuse the racial wars to fuel the fires. And, in an election year, have Democrats blame all of it on the President.

This is what modern warfare looks like.
Comment seen on Facebook

“I’m fairly confident that he will be defeated, Mr. Trump will be defeated, in the election. And the next morning, a lot of Republicans will say, Trump? I don’t recognize the name. They’ll get over this fairly fast. Our parties are very durable. Our two parties have formulated the political competition in this country since the Republicans first ran a presidential ticket in 1856. The Republican party will survive. What the Republican party needs like we parents say when dealing with an intractable child, it needs a timeout, and I think they’re going to get one.”
In an interview with MSNBC’s Joy Reid on Wednesday, syndicated columnist George Will  said he hopes Trump loses because the Republican party needs a “time out”

“The time has come and gone for us to continue with this idiotic charade of wearing masks in public. But if you really want to wear that mask, OK. Go ahead and wear it. It’s time to stop giving the stink-eye, or worse, a piece of your Karen mind, to people who aren’t impressed with your Mask Virtue and are breathing normally.

“It’s so bad that the roads are covered with morons driving alone with masks on. The only way to explain that idiocy is that those people have been convinced the mask is essentially an amulet that magically protects against contracting the virus. Here’s a quick reality check: magic amulets don’t work.

“But if you really want to wear a mask, again, fine. Go ahead and wear one. Do not mistreat your fellow citizens because they don’t want to. That makes you both obnoxious and stupid.”

Scott McKay is publisher of the Hayride, which offers news and commentary on Louisiana and national politics

“Democrats are insane. No industry is safe from the Democrats’ abolish culture.  First they wanted to abolish private health insurance, then it was capitalism and now it’s the police. What’s next? The fire department?”
National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Michael McAdams

“Without police, there is chaos. Without law there is anarchy. And without safety there is catastrophe. We need leaders at every level of government who have the moral clarity to state these obvious facts.”
President Trump

“I am on the old side of 70 and have had numerous contacts with police officers. Was even pulled over one day as a suspect in a bank robbery during my noon lunch time. Never has a police officer hurt me, hit me, cuffed me, tazed me, stepped on me, knelt on me, or shot me. Want to know why? Because I don’t act like an *******.

“If you choose to act out, spit at, fight, run, pull a knife, pull a gun, shoot at or try to run over a police officer, there will be consequences. Don’t like the consequences?….Don’t act like an *******. You got caught. Deal with it.”
Allen Coss of Milwaukee commenting on Facebook

“People don’t have a job, people don’t know where to go, they don’t know what to do. Now we have over 120 million dead from COVID.”

Joe Biden. At the time there had been more than 122,000 – not million — coronavirus deaths in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins figures.

“Joe Biden is very confused. He just falsely claimed 120 million Americans (more than one-third of the country) died from the coronavirus. He’s not playing with a full deck, folks. #BarelyThereBiden.”
President Trump’s campaign

“Don’t bust up s–t, don’t trash the place. You can peacefully protest.My father would have said, ‘They ain’t nothing but devils.’ My father said, ‘All lives matter.’ I don’t think he’d agree (with the BLM movement). “I think it’s racist.

“Police don’t wake up and think, ‘I’m going to kill a n—-r today or kill a white man.’ “They’re just trying to make it back home to their family in one piece.


“Not all the police are bad, there’s just a few. There’s a handful of police that are crooked, they should be locked up. I never had a bad scene with a cop. They’ve always been nice and protect me. I don’t have a problem with them.

“(BLM) pitting black people against everyone else. It starts racial things to happen; I hate that.

“I think Trump’s a good president. My father would have supported him. Trump’s not a racist, he’s for all the people. Democrats are the ones who are racist and not for everybody.

“These [Democrat politicians] saying Black Lives Matter, who the hell are you to say that? You’re not even black.

“Trump is much better than Clinton and Obama. … The only one to do what he said he would do is Donald Trump.”
Muhammad Ali Jr. who like his father is Muslim

July quotes

“Many were not happy with the proposal to swap a holiday celebrating emancipation with Columbus Day. I was in no way deprecating Christopher Columbus’ achievements or expressing any value judgment regarding his place in history. As I stated in an interview with the Milwaukee Press Club last Friday, I do not support efforts to erase America’s rich history — not the good, the bad or the ugly.

“Instead of eliminating a current holiday to make room for Juneteenth Day, I will be proposing to reduce the number of paid leave days federal employees receive, to offset the cost of the new holiday celebrating emancipation. This modification both preserves Columbus Day and the dollars of hard-working taxpayers.”
U.S. Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin backtracked his support for an amendment that would have replaced Columbus Day with Juneteenth or “Emancipation Day” as a paid federal holiday. Johnson filed an amendment to a bipartisan bill on July 1, asking that Juneteenth replace Columbus Day, so as not to add an additional federal holiday in order to “protect taxpayers from the fiscal burden of having to fund an 11th paid holiday for federal employees.”

“I am here as your president to proclaim before the country and before the world, this monument will never be desecrated. These heroes will never be defamed. Their legacy will never ever be destroyed. Their achievements will never be forgotten. And Mount Rushmore will stand forever as an eternal tribute to our forefathers and to our freedom.”
President Trump during his speech at Mount Rushmore

“Angry mobs are trying to tear down statues of our founders to face our most sacred memorials and unleash a wave of violent crime in our cities. Many of these people have no idea why they’re doing this, but some know exactly what they are doing. They think the American people are weak and soft and submissive, but now the American people are strong and proud and they will not allow our country and all of its values, history and culture to be taken from them.”
President Trump during  his speech at Mount Rushmore

“Well, it’s happened. COVID panic porn is back. New cases are surging. The country is on fire again, except if you want to participate in a Pride parade, go on outside. If you want to protest police brutality, get on out there. If you’re still rioting and want to defund the police, it’s fine. But if you want to re-open your business, you’re a selfish a**hole.”
Matt Vespa, Senior Editor at Townhall.com

“I want to make one thing clear: the men honored on Mount Rushmore weren’t perfect; nobody is. They all had flaws. But they all had tremendous virtues as well, and they did incredible things for our country. Today, America is the greatest nation in the history of the world, and that is in no small part thanks to each president memorialized on Mount Rushmore. We can learn from their successes, and we can also learn from their mistakes. And in doing so, we must continue to fight for the American ideal that each of them spent their lives striving for: ‘All men are created equal.’”
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem. There have been calls to demolish Mount Rushmore. Noem vowed “not on my watch.”

“Opinion writers are avoiding mention of the fact that homicides and murders in New York, Chicago and numerous other cities have suddenly risen far above the numbers for 2019 and previous years. Most of the dead are black, but apparently, those black lives don’t really matter.”
Michael Barone is senior political analyst for the Washington Examiner and resident fellow at American Enterprise Institute

“We need to plan to keep our schools reopened. I think this is really the important message and that’s why we’re having these discussions to get people to understand we need to reopen schools. We can do this safely. We need to commit to it. We need to just get it done.”
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield

“Do you want to open the bars now or do you want to open the schools and the day care centers in a few short weeks? I vote for the latter.”
White House adviser Kellyanne Conway told Fox News that schools are essential to getting people back to work

“Masks by themselves do not prevent anything. The best practice is to make sure you’re washing your hands and staying physically distant from someone. Masks can certainly help. If you are asymptomatic and you might have the chance of impacting somebody else by being too close to them. Certainly they can help but this is not the only way this can spread and it’s not the only way to prevent spreading it.

“By and large there are far, far, far many things that people do that are a little bit riskier when they’re wearing masks because they forget about washing their hands or they get hot so they pull it down or pull it up, or they wear it around their ear or take it off with their hands and then lick their hand, all sorts of things that you’re not thinking about because you think the mask keeps me safe.”
Franklin’s Director of Health and Human Services Courtney Day at Tuesday’s meeting of the Franklin Common Council

“BREAKING: Just when you thought the news couldn’t more depressing…8.3 million guns have been sold in the United States since March, meaning 2020 is on course to be the biggest year for gun sales in American history.”
British journalist Piers Morgan on Twitter complaining about surging firearms sales 

“What exactly is depressing about more Americans buying guns? How is responsible, law-abiding gun ownership ‘excessive’? It’s wonderful to see more people—especially first-time buyers who are women, younger, and people of color—purchasing firearms en masse. The Second Amendment, after all, is for all law-abiding Americans.”
Gabriella Hoffman is a media strategist, conservative political columnist, and award-winning outdoor writer based in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area

“We don’t want a bunch of Karens making complaints. If someone isn’t wearing a mask we aren’t encouraging people to call 911 or 211. We don’t want people being isolated. We don’t know if they have a silent illness, or a disability, or a mental health condition where they can’t wear a mask.”
City of Milwaukee Health Commissioner Jeanette Kowalik referring to the city’s just-approved mask mandate

“You’ve said that you’d require mandatory masks in all public places. Does this mean that someone in a place with virtually no cases, like Hawaii, for example, needs to put on a mask to walk their dog or relax on the beach?”
Author Dave Seminara, citing just one question the press should ask Joe Biden, but never will

Police cannot and should not be the first responder for all social ills. Being a Milwaukee Police Department officer in 2020 means being a part-time therapist, drug addiction counselor, landlord-tenant arbitrator, homelessness advocate, private security guard, traffic controller, parking attendant, family counselor and animal control officer. We need to admit that we are all open to change.

We also need to know what defunding MPD looks like. Our Common Council has suggested a 10% cut. It’s approximately $30 million, which would roughly equate to up to 375 officers in addition to the 60 officers cut last year. That would be a 25% reduction in police officers in Milwaukee in just two years.

How would that defunding occur? And what does it mean to reinvest into “social services?”  Exactly which social services? Currently, the Milwaukee Police Department responds to more than 700 calls a day. Will that organization respond to a call at 2 a.m.? How about on a weekend?

If implemented for the 2021 budget, will there be a comprehensive plan by Jan. 1, 2021? The calls will be coming. Who will be there to respond?
MPD Police Chief Alfonso Morales in an op-ed piece in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“Besides showing how little some teachers actually care about their students, the debate over reopening schools has proved what hypocrites and fakes liberal Democrats are. They tell us over and over they care deeply about the poor, the working class and Black and brown people – their party’s core votership. Well, whose children do they think are going to be hurt by keeping the public schools closed?”
Michael Reagan, the eldest son of Ronald Reagan, is heard daily by over 5 million listeners via his nationally syndicated talk radio program, “The Michael Reagan Show” 

“What I see is if the election goes to Biden then there is a good chance that the Democrats will then control all two branches of Congress and the White House, and considering the kinds of things that they are proposing, that can well mean the point of no return for this country.”
Economist Thomas Sowell

“This uptick in crime that is happening right now is with a $6 billion dollar New York City Police Department budget. So our $6 billion dollars – up to $11 billion – but up to our $6 billion dollar budget, has not prevented this uptick in crime.

“Maybe this has to do with the fact that people aren’t paying their rent and are scared to pay their rent and so they go out, and they need to feed their child and they don’t have money, so they feel like they either need to shoplift some bread or go hungry that night. Maybe it’s the fact that unemployment provisions haven’t been given to everyone. Maybe it’s the fact that some people still haven’t gotten their stimulus checks yet.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) defended cuts to the New York City Police Department (NYPD)

“This uptick in crime is directly related to the anti-police sentiment that is plaguing our nation. The movement to defund the police, whether that’s reallocating resources or completely abolishing law enforcement agencies, has had a direct impact on crime. Criminals know that they can take advantage of the public’s disdain for law enforcement. They know they’re more likely to get away with committing crimes because officers are afraid of doing something that will get them fired, or worse, facing criminal charges.”
Beth Baumann is an Associate Editor for Townhall

“Virtually every retailer in the country is now requiring customers wear masks in order to shop in stores beginning this week.”

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“This is a new experience for everyone. We are not used to going out in public and having to wear face coverings or not see other people’s faces.”
Maura Grasshoff, UW Health behavioral health therapist. Behavioral health professionals say it’s possible some aren’t complying with mask requirement because of anxiety.

“Sixty-three percent of religious Americans say that the novel coronavirus pandemic is a sign from God, telling humanity to change its ways of living, according a new poll. The poll, which was conducted by the Associated Press/NORC, surveyed 1,002 U.S. adults who say they believe in God. The poll was conducted from April 30 to May 4 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.”
Newsweek.com

“The thing that forced me to vote no on this bill was the request that Justice Thurgood Marshall be given a bust in the U.S. Capitol. Marshall not only voted to legalize abortion in the Roe v. Wade decision, finding it a Constitutional right after decades of the practice being illegal, but also according to his biography, Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary, the initial draft of the majority opinion of Roe v. Wade only covered the first three months of pregnancy and it was Justice Marshall and Justice Brennan who successfully lobbied to take the extreme step of making abortion legal in the United States all the way to viability, otherwise known as late-term abortions.”
Congressman Glenn Grothman (R-Wis.) after voting no on H.R. 7573, a bill that would remove statues from the U.S. Capitol and replace one of the busts with that of Justice Thurgood Marshall

“Man, what the hell are y’all doing? Y’all want racial equality. We all do. I don’t understand how insulting another group helps our cause. We can’t allow black people to be prejudiced also. Especially if we’re asking for white folks to respect us, give us economic opportunity, and things like that. I’m so disappointed in these men, but I don’t understand how you beat hatred with more hatred. We gotta do better. I want allies. I don’t want to alienate anybody. And to take shots at the Jewish race, the white race, I just don’t like it because it’s not right.”
Basketball legend Charles Barkley is calling out black celebrities for their anti-Semitic and anti-white racism

“It’s strange. I don’t want to tell you it’s not strange. It’s strange without fans. There is no point where it’s not strange without fans. There’s really not.”
Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell on playing in an empty Wrigley Field in Chicago Friday night. The Cubs beat the Brewers 3-0.

August quotes

“I’m 79, you know, I don’t like to be ordered around. We live in the United States and we’re not used to being ordered around. I liked it better when I went into the library and they said nicely, ‘We would really appreciate it if you put on the mask’ and I put it on. I think people are going to get sick from wearing the masks. I think it’s all political. I would like to see Scott Walker back in office. I think he would be handling this much better.”
Bonnie Johnson of Waukesha County

“All these mandates” are making America “more like a communist country. “I think it should be free will. I’m kind of concerned right now, the way it’s going with all the mandates. I know it’s for a good cause, but I think it will cause people to rebel.”
Judy Panyk of Mount Pleasant

“Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers released an order for mandatory masks in public. There hasn’t been any ‘mask law’ passed through our state legislature. The Washburn County Sheriff’s Office will not participate in any enforcement in regards to the wearing of masks. We believe it is government overreach and unconstitutional on many levels.”
Washburn County Sheriff’s Department

“The biggest risk would come from school closures lasting longer than a year. It may take two years, or longer, before America is completely safe from Covid-19. Each crisis, though, tends to ratchet up standards for safety. Keep-the-schools-closed advocates claim that we can’t open until it’s safe. What “safe” means varies. Some teachers demand better hygiene, testing, and smaller classes. Others say that schools can’t open until we have an effective vaccine. But a typical flu season kills more children than Covid-19 has so far. By current standards of safety, school closures will become the norm.”
Allison Schrager is a senor fellow at the Manhattan Institute

“No, I haven’t taken a test? Why the hell would I take a test? That’s like saying … before you got on this program, you’re taking a test whether you’re taking cocaine or not. What do you think? Huh? Are you a junkie?”
Joe Biden is pushing back at Republican assertions that he should take a cognitive test to disprove President Donald Trump’s claim that the Democrat isn’t fit for the Oval Office. Biden grew testy when CBS News correspondent Errol Barnett asked the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee about the matter in an interview.

“We are not trying to alienate our fan base, and think it is important to support our players. I am very proud of our players and support their right to peacefully protest as they try to bring about meaningful change in our society. When players kneel, they are not disrespecting the flag or the country, but bringing attention to systemic racism and police brutality. Black Lives Matter is not a terrorist or Marxist organization, and I know that they are trying to bring an end to racial inequality. The NFL has decided to play “Lift Every Voice and Sing” (commonly referred to as the Black national anthem) as part of the broadcasts for all games in the first weekend.”
Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy

“It would be foolish of me to stay and lose my pension or have that drop in pension. The only choice was to leave. The facts will come out. I did everything transparently, I was honest, and I really cared about the men and women of the Milwaukee Police Department, both sworn and civilian.”
Milwaukee’s former police chief, Alfonso Morales who was demoted to captain in part for using tear gas against protesters demonstrating over George Floyd’s death, has chosen to retire instead of staying with the department

“Do I seem rattled?”
An internal investigation has been launched into the shooting of a 51-year-old suspect by a Secret Service officer near the White House complex late Monday, which prompted agents to briefly remove President Trump from a press briefing. He responded when  he was asked if he was rattled by the experience.

“Kamala Harris is the meanest, most horrible, most disrespectful, MOST LIBERAL of anyone in the U.S. Senate, and I cannot believe that Joe Biden would pick her as his running mate.”
President Trump

“I know from being in an NFL locker room for 20 years, regardless of race, background, money you grew up with, we were all brothers it didn’t matter. Guys got along great. Will that be the same (with kneeling scenario)? I don’t know. If one guy chooses to stand for his cause and another guy chooses to kneel for his cause, is one right and the other wrong? I don’t believe so. We tend to be fixed on highs.

“I don’t know what it’s like to be Black. It’s not for me to say what’s right and what’s wrong. I do know we should all be treated equal. If you can’t do that, you shouldn’t be in America.”
Hall of Fame QB Brett Favre

“There’s nothing Milwaukee about the convention at all. We got hosed.”
An anonymous source quoted by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. When the logo for the 2020 Democratic National Convention was unveiled early this year, Wisconsin was at the heart of it — its silhouette formed the center of the zero in “D20.” But Wisconsin was recently replaced by a silhouette of the United States of America on the 2020 Democratic National Convention website and elsewhere. Local officials noticed and were “taken aback” at the change.

“Joseph Bidens.”
Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes represented Wisconsin on the DNC virtual roll call, and he slipped when he cast 67 Wisconsin votes for “Joseph Bidens.” He quickly corrected the error by saying “Joseph R. Biden.”

“What just baffles me is he (Biden) can’t even do a symbolic visit. He can’t get on a private plane and come to Milwaukee to accept the nomination.”
Wisconsin GOP Chairman Andrew Hitt

“I think it is very odd and I think the American people should be asking some very serious questions about why (Biden) isn’t more available” to reporters. 
GOP Sen. Ron Johnson of WI

“How sad it would be if for the COVID-19 vaccine priority is given to the richest. It would be sad if this vaccine were to become the property of this nation or another, rather than universal and for all. The pandemic has laid bare the difficult situation of the poor and the great inequality that reigns in the world.  And the virus, while it doesn’t make exceptions among persons, has found in its path, devastating, great inequalities and discrimination and it has increased them.”
Pope Francis

“Jacob Blake was shot in the back multiple times, in broad daylight, in Kenosha. Kathy and I join his family, friends and neighbors in hoping earnestly that he will not succumb to his injuries. While we do not have all the details yet, what we know for certain is he is not the first Black man or person to have been shot or injured or mercilessly killed at the hands of individuals in law enforcement in our state or in our country.

“I have said all along that although we must offer our empathy, equally important is our action. In the coming days, we will demand just that of elected officials in our state who have failed to recognize the racism in our state and our country for far too long.”
Gov. Evers on the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha

“Governor Evers issues a timid, spineless response to the out-of-control riots in Kenosha. Are you kidding me?! Kenosha’s a war zone & two people died last night. There’s nothing peaceful about this. Evers, swallow your pride & your ideology. Take President Trump up on his offer for more National Guardsmen & end this now! Do your job & protect our Wisconsin citizens.”
WI Congressman Sean Duffy

“Those people did not have to die, and because of Tony Evers’ actions, they’re dead. People are literally dead because folks have had to take to themselves to try to protect their own property. The riots were out of control and tragically, two people lost their lives because of it. If the state had accepted help sooner or fulfilled the request of the local officials, people would not have felt the need to take the law into their own hands.”
Wisconsin’s Assembly Speaker Robin Vos suggested Gov. Tony Evers was to blame for the deaths of two people by creating a situation that invited an Illinois teenager to bring a semiautomatic rifle to Kenosha Kyle Rittenhouse was arrested in Antioch, Illinois, on charges of first-degree intentional homicide after he allegedly shot at least three people and killed two of them during Tuesday’s melee in Kenosha.

“People are getting injured and our job is to protect this business. And my job also is to protect people. If someone is hurt, I’m running into harm’s way. That’s why I have my rifle; I’ve gotta protect myself, obviously. But I also have my med kit.”
Kyle Rittenhouse in an interview with the Daily Caller in front of a boarded-up building

“In a new term as President, we will again build the greatest economy in history — quickly returning to full employment, soaring incomes, and RECORD prosperity! We will DEFEND AMERICA against all threats, and protect America against all dangers. We will LEAD AMERICA into new frontiers of ambition and discovery, and we will reach for new heights of national achievement. We will rekindle new faith in our values, new pride in our history, and a new spirit of unity that can ONLY be realized through love for our country. Because we understand that America is NOT a land cloaked in darkness, America is the torch that enlightens the entire world.”
President Trump at the RNC

“If you give power to Joe Biden, the radical left will defund police departments all across America. …They will make every city look like Democrat-run Portland, Oregon. No one will be safe in Biden’s America.”
President Trump at the RNC

“I look forward to the day that the media returns to providing balanced, responsible and accountable news coverage. I know President Trump hopes for that, too. I know you’ll agree with me when I say no one in this county has been a victim of unfair media coverage more than President Donald Trump.”
Nicholas Sandmann, the teenager who won settlements in lawsuits multiple news outlets in the wake of their coverage of his viral confrontation with protesters in Washington

“I look forward to the day that the media returns to providing balanced, responsible and accountable news coverage. I know President Trump hopes for that, too. I know you’ll agree with me when I say no one in this county has been a victim of unfair media coverage more than President Donald Trump.”
Nicholas Sandmann, the teenager who won settlements in lawsuits multiple news outlets in the wake of their coverage of his viral confrontation with protesters in Washington

September quotes

“The Bucks dug this hole the moment they diverted their attention away from basketball to fight for the life of a criminal suspect who doesn’t care all that much about his own life. Twenty seconds of an edited cell phone video provoked the Bucks to shut down the NBA Bubble and other parts of the sports world.

“The Bucks are suffering from Post Traumatic Black Lives Matter Disorder. It’s the mental lapse that happens when a professional athlete realizes he’s allowed Twitter race-hustlers to dupe him into caring more about the life of a criminal suspect than the criminal suspect cares about his own life. 

“You dragged us into something that we haven’t thought through and don’t have, you know, that strong opinions on. Yes, we’re all addicted to Twitter and social media and we’ve all bought the Black Lives Matter B.S., but damn, you just shut our league down and now we’re forced to sit out games and we’re forced to answer questions and take a very strong opinion on Jacob Blake before all the information is available.

“It’s unlikely anyone will ask the Bucks if their Blake stunt shook their focus. And if the question is asked, they’ll be allowed to pretend it was all worth it.” 
Sports columnist Jason Whitlock after the Bucks dropped to 0-2 in their playoff series against the Miami Heat. The Bucks lost again and face almost certain playoff elimination.

“Local Congressman Bryan Steil called the White House asking for federal assistance to restore law and order. Donald Trump answered his call. The president immediately ordered his Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to reach out to the current governor of Wisconsin. Initially, Democratic Gov. Tony Evers didn’t return Mr. Meadows’ call. They got back to Mr. Meadows, but amazingly it was to turn down the offer of help from the federal government.

“Only after three nights of chaos and, tragically, two deaths, Mr. Evers accepted help from the White House. Thankfully, things have calmed down in Kenosha since then as the rioters realize local law enforcement now has the support they need to keep the community safe.

“The fundamental role of government at any level is to keep people safe. Donald Trump and Bryan Steil passed the test. Joe Biden and Tony Evers failed.”
Former WI Governor Scott Walker

“He also exhibited incredible restraint and presence and situational awareness. He didn’t empty a magazine into a crowd.I think the strongest thing he has for him is the actual video evidence. And if I were on a jury and all I had was the evidence that I have been able to acquire through social media and the videos that are out there, I would not convict him of a single one of these charges.

“What does it say about our country where this lawlessness is going on to this extent that a 17-year-old feels compelled to stop it? To be the one to turn the tide? I think it says a lot for the 17-year-old.”
Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie defended the 17-year old who fatally shot two protesters and injured a third in Kenosha, Wisconsin last week. Kyle Rittenhouse has been charged with two counts of first-degree homicide and several other felony counts after traveling from Illinois to Kenosha on Aug. 25 and shooting three protesters, two of whom died.

“Former Vice President Joe Biden emerged from his bunker again to hold a press conference in Wilmington, Delaware. It was a circus act. We had tremendous economic news in that we added 1.4 million jobs in August and the unemployment rate dipped below 10 percent. Half of the jobs lost due to the COVID lockdowns have been recovered, Joe. Yet, he thinks we’re still pretty much into a new Great Depression. Yeah, that only reinforces the notion that his mind is being eaten by worms.”
Townhall.com

“He’s 100 percent sharp. I know a 78-year-old who’s not so sharp.”
President Donald Trump during a V-J Day speech honoring war veterans on Wednesday in North Carolina referred to 97-year-old Hershel “Woody” Williams, the sole surviving Marine from WWII to receive the Medal of Honor. He also took a swipe at Joe Biden.

“It was a terrible thing that somebody could say the kind of things — and especially to me ’cause I’ve done more for the military than almost anyone anybody else. I would be willing to swear on anything that I never said that about our fallen heroes. There is nobody that respects them more. No animal — nobody — what animal would say such a thing?

“It’s a hoax. Just like the fake dossier was a hoax. Just like the Russia-Russia-Russia was a hoax. It was a total hoax.You’ll hear more of these things, totally unrelated, as we get closer to election.”
President Trump

“The Atlantic story is not true.  It has become a very dangerous time when anonymous sources are believed above all else, & no one knows their motivation. This is not journalism – It is activism. And it is a disservice to the people of our great nation.”
Melania Trump

“So to be clear, Bob Woodward supposedly had a Trump quote from Feb 7 saying he knew the virus was airborne and deadly. But it couldn’t be released until his book came out in… September, 8 wks before the election. Okay then.”

Jazz Shaw on Twitter

“Jacob Jr. told Sen. Harris that he was proud of her, and the senator told Jacob that she was also proud of him and how he is working through his pain. Jacob Jr. assured her that he was not going to give up on life for the sake of his children.”
Civil rights attorney Ben Crump on Kamala Harris meeting with the family of Jacob Blake Jr in Kenosha

“PROUD of him? He’s accused of breaking into a sleeping woman’s house, sexually assaulting her, humiliating her & later returning to harass her. Then the cops she called for help say he resisted arrest, assaulted them & went for his knife. How about a word for his victim, Senator?”
Megyn Kelly on Kamala Harris

“Does Donald Trump deserve the Nobel Peace Prize? Who can say, really, the whole thing is a little silly. But what we can say is that he clearly deserves it a whole bunch more than Barack Obama ever did. Certainly more than Barack Obama did when he was still measuring drapes at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. So congratulations to President Trump on his nomination. It is an honor well deserved.”
David Marcus is the Federalist’s New York Correspondent

“My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”

According to NPR, days before she died Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dictated a final statement to her granddaughter Claire Spera

“We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court Justices. We have this obligation, without delay!”
President Trump

“Twenty-nine times in American history there has been an open Supreme Court vacancy in a presidential election year, or in a lame-duck session before the next presidential inauguration. The president made a nomination in all twenty-nine cases. George Washington did it three times. John Adams did it. Thomas Jefferson did it. Abraham Lincoln did it. Ulysses S. Grant did it. Franklin D. Roosevelt did it. Dwight Eisenhower did it. Barack Obama, of course, did it. Twenty-two of the 44 men to hold the office faced this situation, and all twenty-two made the decision to send up a nomination, whether or not they had the votes in the Senate.”
Dan McLaughlin of the National Review

“The total panic here is bound to get more intense and more insane as we come closer to Election Day. Oh, and you can bet that COVID panic porn is over.”
Columnist Matt Vespa

“RIP to the more than 30 million innocent babies that have been murdered during the decades that Ruth Bader Ginsburg defended pro-abortion laws. With @realDonaldTrump nominating a replacement that values human life, generations of unborn children have a chance to live.”
GOP Rep. Doug Collins in a tweet following Ginsburg’s death

“Am I just a wimp? Maybe, but there’s so much hate targeted towards Trump and his supporters. Here’s what I saw on my morning walk today. A newly erected Trump sign is already vandalized, thrown to the ground and spray painted over with a curse word. 

“A little further down the road, a tidy Biden sign remains standing for weeks now.  So on my way back, I stop at the defaced and trampled Trump sign. I ‘fix’ it as best as I can and I feel a lot better about myself and who I am. I’ve never been super passionate about politics and I am not one for public debates about politics or religion. That’s not how I was raised. But, I support Trump and, for a brief moment on that busy road this morning, I was no longer a secret suburban Trump supporter.”
The Spectatortracked down a series of so-called ‘closet Trump’ voters, women from the suburbs who would never publicly voice their support for the President for fear of recrimination in their social circles. This was one of them.

“For months, the radical Left’s ‘defund the police’ movement has promoted violence, chaos and anarchy in cities across our country—while villainizing and attacking the brave men and women in law enforcement who risk their lives to keep us safe. Now, these dangerous Leftists have started putting words into violent action—targeting and brutally attacking law enforcement. That’s why today, I am calling for convicted cop killers in America to be sentenced to death. President Trump is exactly right—we have to get tough, and we have to draw the line. If we’re going to be a nation of safety and security, we must be unified in our commitment to ending the senseless violence against law enforcement officers once and for all.”
Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler

“Why not listen to [RBG’s] dying wish apparently to allow the next president to make this decision?”
A reporter questioning Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell about his decision to move forward on the new Supreme Court vacancy

“I prefer another thing she said recently, which was she thought the number of the Supreme Court ought to be nine.”
McConnell’s response

“Ginsburg was a champion of something, but it wasn’t justice for the unborn. Sure, the left’s superhero was a tireless and relentless liberal judge, but she won’t go down in history as the saint Democrats suggest, far from it… because of her pro-abortion stance, millions of unborn babies won’t have the opportunity to remember Ginsburg, who fought up until the end for the legal right for mothers to kill their unborn babies. 

“What an awful legacy to leave behind, let alone carry into the hereafter.

“While I’m sorry for her family’s loss, let’s be honest; the crocodile tears flowing down leftists’ faces have little to do with Ginsburg. Democrats mourn because they are about to lose their “insurance policy,” with the Supreme Court set to return to its commonsensical roots of interpreting the law rather than legislating it. 

“Oh, the agony.”

Columnist Susan Stamper Brown

Did you see he did a lid this morning again? Lid. Lid. Do you know what a ‘lid’ is? A ‘lid’ is when you put out word you’re not going to be campaigning today. So he does a lid all the time.

I’m working my ass off. I’m in Texas, I’m in Ohio–I’m in North Carolina, South Carolina. I’m in Michigan. I’m all over the place. Michigan, Wisconsin…But he puts a lid on.

So a lid. I didn’t know what the hell a lid is. I’ve only been doing this for three and a half years, right? But a lid is, you know, you’re not going to go out today. You’re going to stay in your apartment or, let’s put it this way, in his basement. So early in the morning, he’s put a lid on. That means nothing for the day. I guess they do that for the press. The fake news goes home, and they say how great he is as a candidate.
President Trump on Biden

October quotes

“Nobody’s been more critical of Trump over covid than me. But I don’t want him or his wife to die from it. Those who do are despicable.”
Piers Morgan

“The reaction from the liberal media has been overall quite despicable. There’s a lot of chortling. There’s a lot of schadenfreude. This is to be expected. It’s the Left. They’re garbage human beings. And yes, many have wished death upon Trump.”
Matt Vespa at Townhall.com

“The Coast Guard’s got nothing on Chris Wallace in terms of tossing drowning men life preservers.

“Now, the prissycons are all up in arms because Trump was mean and interrupted people. Boo hoo – tighten the hell up, people. Why would you be smiley while getting tagged-teamed by a media hack and Methuselah? The sensitive folks who are all about the decorum were not the target audience for those tactics. Trump likely figured, rightly, that the ‘Oh well I never!’ has nowhere else to go. None of them is thinking, ‘Yeah, I love conservative justices upholding free speech, free exercise and gun rights in an unpacked Supreme Court, a rebuilt military, a hardline on China, Mideast peace plus support for Israel, and not offing babies up to kindergarten, but Trump was really argumentative so I’m voting for the rioting Marxists who want to ban Buicks and BBQ grills’.” 
Columnist Kurt Schlichter

“I feel great. I feel like, perfect. I think this was a blessing from God, that I caught it. This was a blessing in disguise. I caught it, I heard about this drug, I said let me take it, it was my suggestion. I said, let me take it. And it was incredible the way it worked, incredible. And I think if I didn’t catch it, we’d be looking at that like a number of other drugs. But it really did a fantastic job. I want to get for you what I got. I’m going to make it free, you’re not going to pay for it.” 
President Trump after he returned to the White House

“I am not here on a mission to destroy the Affordable Care Act. I’m just here to apply the law and adhere to the rule of law.”
Judge Barrett

“The liberal left is attacking Judge Barrett in this way because they can’t attack her on her qualifications or character. No woman should have to deal with this kind of blatant sexism.”
Senator Joni Ernst

“Do you hate little warm puppies?”
Sen. John Kennedy questioning Judge Barrett

“I do not hate little warm puppies.”
Judge Barrett

“So, instead of anybody coming at you, and the first thing you do is shoot to kill, you shoot them in the leg!”
At ABC’s town hall event, Democratic candidate Joe Biden had a plan to deal with the so-called problem of police brutality. Biden said police should be trained not to shoot violent suspects in the center of mass.

“We shoot to stop the threat. You could be endangering the public by shooting and missing. Nowhere have I ever heard in police training that we shoot to kill. We shoot to stop the threat. We do not shoot to kill.”
Lawrence O’Toole, a lieutenant colonel with the St. Louis Police Department

“Shooting someone in the leg does not stop someone immediately. You’re trying to stop an immediate threat. And shooting someone in the leg doesn’t stop them from killing or shooting someone else.” A deer-hunting relative “once asked me, ‘Why don’t cops just shoot suspects in the leg?’ And I told him, ‘The next time you shoot at a deer, aim for the leg.’ He got it immediately.”
Dave Grossman, a retired Lt. Col. in the United States Army

“Joe, I ran because of you. I ran because of Barack Obama. Because you did a poor job. If I thought you did a good job, I would have never run.”

President Trump at a debate

“Why haven’t you seen any stories from NPR about the NY Post’s Hunter Biden story?”
Kelly McBride, NPR’s “public editor”

“We don’t want to waste our time on stories that are not really stories, and we don’t want to waste the listeners’ and readers’ time on stories that are just pure distractions. And quite frankly, that’s where we ended up, this was … a politically driven event and we decided to treat it that way.”
Terence Samuel, NPR’s managing editor for news

“Public broadcasting is a comical phrase. Its audience is not the public. It is the left. PBS and NPR don’t care one iota what everyone else thinks … even if everyone else pays a chunk of their budget through taxes.”
Tim Graham is executive editor of NewsBusters and director of media analysis for the Media Research Center

“My Vote is for what makes this country great, freedom of speech & religion, 2nd Amnd, hard working tax paying citizens, police & military. In this election, we have freedom of choice, which all should respect. For me & these principles, my Vote is for @RealDonaldTrump.”
Former Packer great Brett Favre

“Trump has tightened virtually every one of these swing states to the point where—what are they saying this morning? … ‘Biden’s five points ahead in Wisconsin… maybe three [to five] points ahead in Florida, two points ahead in Arizona.’ Listen, don’t believe these polls, first of all. And second of all, the Trump vote is always being undercounted. Pollsters, when they actually call a real Trump voter, the Trump voter is very suspicious of the Deep State calling them and asking them who they’re voting for.

“So it is not an accurate count. I think the safe thing to do—this is not scientific, I’m just saying from my experience of being a Michigander—whatever they’re saying the Biden lead is, cut it in half, right now, in your head. Cut it in half, and now you’re within the four-point margin of error. That’s how close this is. That’s how desperately close this is!” 
Filmmaker and staunch Democrat Michael Moore

November quotes

“[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.”
President Trum

“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.”

President Trump
“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

“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
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

“There’s a lot at stake for humanity. If we get it right, the world can be saved.”
Pfizer Chairman and CEO Albert Bourla on a possible vaccine for the coronavirus

The restrictions imposed by political leaders in order to contain the coronavirus pandemic have “resulted in previously unimaginable restrictions on individual liberty.” The restrictions “highlighted distinct trends that were already present before the virus struck” such as “the dominance of lawmaking by executive fiat rather than legislation.”
Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito

“I was talking with my U.K. colleagues who are saying the U.K. is similar to where we are now, because each of our countries have that independent spirit. I can understand that, but now is the time to do what you’re told.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned it was time for people to “do what they’re told” by health experts and government officials to help bring down surging coronavirus numbers

“I’m like, that sounds like gunfire. We look up, we see people running, little kids crying, people pushing their strollers. We were all scared out of our minds. We all just sat on the floor praying. It was the scariest experience of my whole life. I spent 15 years in the military, but that was scary.”
Gloria Hall said she was on the second floor of Mayfair mall with her niece when she heard a “pow, pow, pow, pow, pow” Friday. A gunman opened fire inside the mall in Wauwatosa, injuring seven adults and one teenager. She stayed in the back of the PINK store for hours while police looked for the gunman. The manager locked the doors and turned the lights off.

“Well, they were good. I don’t know that they were that good, because they made significant mistakes like all crooks do, and we caught them.”
Rudy Giuliani on Joe Biden’s assertion about having the “most extensive” voter fraud operation in American history

“Ice-road truckers in Alaska know it was stolen. Pineapple farmers on Molokai know it was stolen. I wouldn’t be surprised, if I were backpacking in Papua New Guinea or rafting up the Amazon or climbing some Himalayan mountain in Nepal, to encounter a remote tribe whose first question would be: ‘How are the recounts going?’ 

“Not only are the media lying about the steal, they’re smearing the people who are doing the job they should be doing. They’re casting Rudy Giuliani, who accomplished more real positive change in the lives of more American citizens than perhaps any politician in my lifetime, as some kind of nut.”
Bruce Bawer is the author of While Europe SleptSurrender, and The Victims’ Revolution

“We’re Badgers and we’re gonna beat this enemy, but let’s do it together. It’s not a Democrat. It’s not a Republican. It’s not a commie. It’s not a Baptist. It’s not a Catholic. It’s a common enemy, and that common enemy is COVID-19.

“I’m sad. What I’m really sad about is the fact that the worst is still to come. Until we get a vaccine, thousands of people, millions of people, are going to suffer from this insidious disease. And it’s nothing to take lightly.

“You’ve got to be serious about this thing. You got to take care of yourself and your family. And the only thing we’ve got in order to protect ourselves is wearing a mask, washing our hands, getting tested and social distancing.”
UW President and former WI Governor Tommy Thompson

“There is utterly unfounded public hysteria driven by the media and politicians, it’s outrageous, this is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on an unsuspecting public…politics playing medicine, and that’s a very dangerous game.”
Top pathologist Dr. Roger Hodkinson


“So don’t feel a need to hide cars, cover with leaves or walk 3 blocks so your house doesn’t become a target of the Governor. The constant barrage of Government Regulations and control over your daily lives has added to mass depression, the exacerbation of other medical conditions due to stress and the disruption of your normal routine.”
Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino

“I remember a testimonial I got from a black cab driver roughly four years ago when I was covering Donald’s first campaign. As we sped away from the Trump National Doral Miami, the driver thought he heard me on my telephone alluding to Donald’s bigotry. When I had finished my telephone conversation, he politely told me Donald was not a bigot. I informed him that my remarks had been misinterpreted. He continued by telling me that much of the staff at the hotel were black and even the head of security was a black man from New York City. I was touched by his loyalty to Donald and insisted that I had been misunderstood. Neither I nor my interlocutor on the telephone thought Donald was a racist. I tipped the driver handsomely.”
R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. is the founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator

“I’ve always been someone who felt we (Hollywood actors) are court jesters. That’s what we do. As far as I’m concerned, you should step away from saying anything so that you can still be seen by the audience in any character. There’s no reason entertainers can’t learn just as much as anybody else about a subject, whatever it is. But I think that what’s sad about it is that they lose their status as a court jester. And I’m a court jester. That’s what I was born to do.”
Actor Kurt Russell

December quotes


 “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

“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

“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

“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

 “Trump led on election night, and then they started counting again, with no witnesses. That overnight count kept coming in batches of 25,000 Biden votes to zero Trump votes, 100,000 to zero, 300,000 to zero. And no signatures were verified. And Republicans were not allowed in the room. Or they were kept so far away they needed binoculars.

“Or one side kept counting ballots for days after the election, until it was ahead.

“Or batches of ballots were not only 100,000 to zero favoring Biden; they were pristine and perfect, as if they’d never been touched or mailed, as if they were manufactured that way, straight from a printing press.

“Or hundreds of thousands of ballots only had one name filled out: Biden — as if they were filled out in a hurry and there was no time to add a vote for any down-ballot candidate.

“Or U.S. Postal Service drivers were coming out of the woodwork to admit that the day after the election, they drove trucks with hundreds of thousands of ballots from New York to Pennsylvania and witnessed those ballots being backdated to the day before the election.

“Or we had video of every witness being ordered out of the Atlanta counting room because of a ‘water main break’.

“Suddenly, we clearly saw suitcases of ballots appear out-of-the-blue and new ballots be added to the count — with no Republican witnesses in the room.

“Anyone who believes this election wasn’t stolen is an idiot. You couldn’t get away with such blatant fraud in a football game. In Vegas, you’d have your legs broken for even trying.”
Wayne Allyn Root is the author of the new No. 1 national bestselling book “TRUMP RULES.” Wayne is a CEO, entrepreneur, and host of a daily nationally syndicated show.

“A lot of people in the MAGA-verse, in Trumpland honestly do not understand that the election is over. And when reality strikes and they realize that Donald Trump is not going to be sworn in as president, it’s going to come as a shock to them. We haven’t reached that point with some of the more deranged and deluded supporters out there. How many of these sociopaths do you need to act out on this?”
Charlie Sykes

“The right to vote is one of the most vital pillars of our democracy, the foundations of which are election integrity and confidence in our democratic processes. The ease with which someone is able to steal the ballot of a deceased person and cast an illegitimate vote should disturb, alarm, and outrage every American citizen, no matter what side of the aisle they sit on. To protect our democratic process and Americans’ faith in our elections, we must ensure that deceased individuals are not allowed to remain on state voter rolls.

“My bill will prevent any funds from the U.S. Departments of Transportation or Education, with the exception of those going toward law enforcement agency grants, from going to counties of any state that do not annually check their voter lists against the Social Security Administration’s most recent death records in order to purge them of any individuals found to be deceased. All elected officials, from your local city council member to your U.S. President, have an obligation to obey the law and prevent fraud in our elections, and Congress should not be awarding taxpayer dollars to any counties or states that refuse to do the job they swore to do.”
Congressman Brian Babin (R-Texas) proposed the You Must Be Alive to Vote Act

 “The WHO now recommends against hugging over the holidays. Like we said last week, pretty soon you won’t be able to say Merry Christmas.”
Rep. Jim Jordan
 
“I have, we have, great confidence in our son. I am not concerned about any accusations being made against him. It’s used to get to me. I think it’s kind of foul play but look, it is what it is and he’s a grown man, he is the smartest man I know. I mean, from a pure intellectual capacity – and as long as he’s good, we’re good.”
Joe Biden

“It’s important to understand that the media didn’t make a mistake by failing to cover this [Hunter Biden] story. They intentionally failed to cover this story. They knew that the Hunter Biden drama would affect Joe Biden’s prospects of winning the election and they didn’t want him to lose and so they suppressed this in every way.”

Mollie Hemingway

“The triumph of evil is always a bitter pill to swallow. In a few weeks, in Georgia, we will see if America itself can survive the onslaught. Well, it was obviously naive to think that anyone, even a President, could overcome the Deep State, Big Tech, the mainstream media, business moguls eager for cheap labor, and every cultural institution. Still, at the end, the Left had to terrorize cities and cheat to win the White House, installing a poor old man who can hardly read a teleprompter and a woman of ill repute. These nefarious tactics are a tribute to half of the American people who have stood fast, waving the flag and merrily singing the national anthem.
Retired university professor and author Thomas C. Reeves who lives in SE WI

“Madame First Lady—Mrs. Biden—Jill—kiddo: a bit of advice on what may seem like a small but I think is a not unimportant matter. Any chance you might drop the ‘Dr.’ before your name? ‘Dr. Jill Biden’ sounds and feels fraudulent, not to say a touch comic. Your degree is, I believe, an Ed.D., a doctor of education, earned at the University of Delaware through a dissertation with the unpromising title ‘Student Retention at the Community College Level: Meeting Students’ Needs.’ A wise man once said that no one should call himself ‘Dr.’ unless he has delivered a child. Think about it, Dr. Jill, and forthwith drop the doc.”
Joseph Epstein, a writer and former adjunct lecturer at Northwestern University for 30 years

“How did we go from starting a revolution over a tax on tea to collectively shrugging our shoulders when the government locks us in our homes, keeps us from seeing our families and arbitrarily closes our small businesses?”

Congresswoman-elect Lauren Boebert

“Remember that time brilliant negotiator Nancy Pelosi turned down a $1.8 trillion deal from Steve Mnuchin?” 
Ben Shapiro regarding the $900 billion COVID relief bill

“Heartless, arrogant, unelected CDC bureaucrats have decided that the lives of elderly Americans just don’t count. For months the CDC has been telling us that the elderly are the most vulnerable. But now, they are recommending a 100 million so-called ‘essential workers,’ which means healthy people working at everything from liquor stores to telephone companies, that they can get the vaccine before our grandparents can. That members of Congress like me can get the vaccine before at risk seniors can. People like my aunt, who is imprisoned in her own home because of the danger that if she catches the disease, she could die. This is immoral and bad health policy.”
Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard ripped Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials for prioritizing the Wuhan coronavirus vaccine for 100 million “essential workers” ahead of elderly populations 

“I wasn’t expected to be alive today. I wasn’t expected to make it to October, and then to November, and then to December. And yet, here I am, and today, got some problems, but I’m feeling pretty good today.

“My point in everything today that I’m sharing with you about this is to say thanks and to tell everybody involved how much I love you from the bottom of a sizable and growing and still beating heart, and there’s room for much more. All because I have learned what love really is during this. You know, I have a philosophy there’s good that happens in everything. It may not reveal itself immediately, and even in the most dire circumstances, if you just wait, if you just remain open to things, the good in it will reveal itself. And that has happened to me as well in countless, countless ways.”
Rush Limbaugh during his last radio program of 2020

OUTRAGES OF THE YEAR

Election fraud

Lockdowns

The Great Unreason

Heartbroken kids

Defund the police

Closure of churches

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE YEAR

COVID-19,even though it has a recovery rate greater than 99%

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORIES OF THE YEAR

Hunter Biden

Anything pro-life

Why Property Taxes Always Go Up In Wisconsin

MOST UNUSUAL STORIES OF THE YEAR

Tokyo 2020 bed makers reassure athletes recycled beds won’t collapse during sex

Gwyneth Paltrow’s scented candle

Florida man not allowed to bring cutout of Trump to dialysis appointment

They bought how much toilet paper?

For Roommates Under Coronavirus Lockdown, There Are a Lot of New Rules

Racist Rice Krispies

He was sunbathing, and then…

Biden and “Despacito”

Couple fined for kissing outside

A man swallowed screws to get into a hospital in hopes of getting a COVID-19 test

From pandemic pickup lines to “Tiger King” discourse, this is what dating looked like in 2020.

A husband went for a 280-mile walk to calm down after an argument with his wife. He then got fined for breaching coronavirus lockdown regulations.

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