A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…
HEROES OF THE WEEK
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“As I have been saying for a long time, Twitter has gone further and further in banning free speech, and tonight, Twitter employees have coordinated with the Democrats and the Radical Left in removing my account from their platform, to silence me—and YOU, the 75,000,000 great patriots who voted for me.
“Twitter may be a private company, but without the government’s gift of Section 230 they would not exist for long.
“I predicted this would happen. We have been negotiating with various other sites, and will have a big announcement soon, while we also look at the possibilities of building out our own platform in the near future. We will not be SILENCED!
“Twitter is not about FREE SPEECH. They are all about promoting a Radical Left platform where some of the most vicious people in the world are allowed to speak freely. STAY TUNED!”
President Trump after being banned by Twitter
“I hope Mike Pence comes through for us, I have to tell you. I hope that our great vice president, our great vice president comes through for us. He’s a great guy, because if he doesn’t come through, I won’t like him quite as much.”
President Trump at a rally in Georgia prior to a joint session of Congress to certify the tally of the Electoral College, which met last month and voted 306-232 in favor of Joe Biden
“It is my considered judgment that my oath to support and defend the Constitution constrains me from claiming unilateral authority to determine which electoral votes should be counted and which should not.”
VP Mike Pence prior to certifying the Electoral College votes for Joe Biden
“Vice President Pence was a profile in courage [Wednesday]. He understood that his oath was to the Constitution not to a party, policy, or person. He did what he believed was right and he did so under enormous pressure.”
“I know your pain. I know your hurt. But you have to go home now.”
President Trump to protesters in a video message
“A new administration will be inaugurated on January 20th. Now tempers must be cooled, and calm restored. We must get on with the business of America. My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power.”
President Trump conceding
“Our mandate moving forward has to be for a single national voting day, with the sole exceptions for early or mail-in voting being those that are truly, strictly necessary (active-service military, bed-ridden elderly, etc.). Republicans must pound this every day until it happens.”
Newsweek Opinion editor Josh Hammer
“Simply put, Congress needs to act in a bipartisan fashion to examine the missteps—intentional or not—made this year in state legislatures across the country. My bill will establish an Election Integrity Commission that would study the merits and administration of the November 2020 election and make recommendations to State legislatures to improve the security, integrity, and administration of federal elections. It is absolutely critical that every American has faith in our electoral system and that their vote is counted. As President Reagan said, ‘Freedom is never more than a generation away from extinction,’ and now more than ever before is it our duty to regain the trust of the American voter.”
South Carolina Republican Senator Tim Scott has introduced election integrity legislation in an effort to thoroughly investigate and recommend ways to rectify irregularities during the 2020 presidential election
“He’s not saying I want you to create the vote. He’s not saying I want you to manufacture or concoct the votes. He’s saying, and he’s been saying this for months, on Twitter and his statements and his campaign’s, he thinks that people voted for him and those votes weren’t counted. He’s entitled as a citizen, as a candidate, to say, ‘I want you to find those votes, I want you to find the votes that will pass for me and what weren’t counted, I want you to find votes that were cast against me that shouldn’t have been counted—by people who are dead people, who are out of state.”
News outlets took President Trump’s comments to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger out of context during a phone call that was later leaked to the press, said Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz. He added there was no apparent crime being committed on the phone call by the president. Mainstream outlets initially interpreted Trump’s remarks to Raffensberger as an attempt at a shakedown to “find 11,780 votes” in Georgia for the Nov. 3 presidential contest. But the full transcript of the call showed that Trump asserted that he won the state and asked the election official to probe election irregularities—something he has been saying publicly for weeks.
“Our media class wants you to know that what happened [on Wednesday] at the capital was domestic terror. It was a MAGA terror insurrection. So we thought we had to replace cops with social workers, but not at Capitol Hill because that’s where the politicians live. The media didn’t always think that violent political protests were a big deal, in fact last year when BLM was destroying our cities, torching places like Kenosha and Minneapolis, riots were positively romantic, they were ‘the language of the unheard.'”
“What we need right now is to come together, as we have been able to do during turbulent times in the past, as Americans, united in our commitment to the Constitution, and seeking national healing.
“House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, however, misreads the situation. She is less interested in a moment of national healing than she is in scoring political points by satisfying her party’s far-left base with a new call for a second impeachment of President Donald Trump.
“Impeachment is a grave remedy, not to be taken lightly, and certainly not to be undertaken as a rushed political stunt. An impeachment proceeding should occur only after careful deliberation of facts. The impeachment of last year was driven by political pressure from radical leftists, and this latest impeachment stunt by the Democrats is based again on whims and passions, rather than facts and evidence.”
Ken Buck is a member of Congress from Colorado. He is on the House Judiciary Committee.
“Pandemics are primarily urban diseases. If you want to minimize your health risks, get out of the big cities like Chicago or New York.”
Economist Stephen Moore
“If people blindly allow politicians to violate our rights in the name of ‘public health emergency’ on COVID, they’ll brand EVERYTHING a public health emergency…climate change, gun control, defund the police. So they can force it on us.”
Conservative political commentator Liz Wheeler
“Kamala Harris is a pathological liar and mediocre political talent who slept her way to power, flunked out of the primaries after garnering close to zero support, and was given the VP nod thanks solely to her race and gender. Other than that, she’s an inspiration.”
Matt Walsh, writer, speaker, author. Harris was accused this week of plagiarism, involving a story she has told frequently, and it’s very similar to one told by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a 1965 Playboy magazine article.
“It’s the height of hypocrisy for people who claim to be the champions of rights for women to deny the very biological existence of women. … It’s mind-blowing because it shows just how out of touch with reality and the struggles of everyday Americans people in Congress are.”
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard regarding Nancy Pelosi’s bizarre House rules
“Hey democrats, I have a few more for ya: Mentos and womentos. Antarctica and unclearctica. Cement and cewoment. German and gerwoman. woMEN and woWOMEN.”
American actor Kevin Sorbo
“We are falling further away from God and becoming more reliant on ourselves than we ever have in the history of this country. We observe the decay of our social institutions; it’s not hard to see why. Man is not all-knowing: God is. While man can manipulate life’s creation, it is God who creates life, and it would behoove us never to forget it. Men who have ambition and power have one ultimate goal in mind, whether they or we want to admit it or not, and that is to replace God and forget His existence.”
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
Chaos at our Capitol
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
Others beside Trump supporters were part of Capitol chaos
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Trump made a phone call.
Trump is responsible for the Capitol chaos
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK
Cows on the loose stop traffic at WI school