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
Donald Ray Surrett Jr.
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“Equality and democracy are under assault. We do ourselves no favor to pretend otherwise. … Too much of what’s happening in our country today is not normal. Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic. … There is no question that the Republican Party today is dominated, driven, and intimidated by Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans, and that is a threat to this country.”
President Joe Biden
“The extreme MAGA Republicans have made their choice: to go backwards, full of anger, violence, hate, and division. We’ve chosen a different path: forward, the future, unity, hope, and optimism. We choose to build a better America.”
“What we’re seeing now is either the beginning or the death knell of an extreme MAGA philosophy. It’s not just Trump; it’s the entire philosophy that underpins the — I’m going to say something: It’s like semi-fascism. … I respect conservative Republicans. I don’t respect these MAGA Republicans.”
President Joe Biden
“This is coming from the man who said Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan were going to put black Americans ‘back in chains.’”
“Not even a week ago you declared you didn’t ‘respect’ Americans who support America First policies and said the movement is similar to ‘semi-fascism.’ Is that what unity looks like to you?”
Congressman Andy Biggs
President Joe Biden thinks millions of Americans are part fascist and borderline terrorists. It would be laughable if it weren’t so disturbing.
Having worn out the label of ‘racist,’ which Biden and his political allies have applied to just about any political opponent, the dotard president has moved on to new baseless and dangerous insults.
Last week, while campaigning amid stunningly negative poll ratings, Biden remarked in Maryland: ‘It’s not just [Donald] Trump, it’s the entire philosophy that underpins the — I’m going to say something — it’s like semi-fascism.’
To compound matters, in a jaw-dropping White House press briefing on Wednesday, spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre appeared to up the ante as she previewed the president’s prime time address Thursday night, during which he hammered these themes home.
‘The MAGA Republicans are the most energized part of the Republican Party,’ she haltingly read off prepared remarks. ‘That is an extreme threat to our democracy, to our freedom, to our rights. . . this is the most active base of the Republican Party.’
Let’s be clear: The White House isn’t calling lawmakers fascists and extremists — which is troubling enough — they’re talking about American citizens.
This is appalling.
Christian Whiton is a former senior advisor in the Trump and George W. Bush administrations
“After listening to the president’s speech, I really understand why it’s an unassailable fact that age does not guarantee wisdom. The President Biden we saw last night was really every inch Joe Biden the politician.
“His speech was a very cynical attempt to fill our heads with stupid. I thought to myself, what a missed opportunity to talk to the American people — straight up — about the reasons when they lie down to sleep at night they can’t. He could have talked about crime, inflation, learning loss by our children, the mountains of fentanyl coming across the border killing our teenagers.
“Instead, he chose to say to the American people: ‘If you don’t agree with me about higher taxes, more government, if you don’t agree with me that moms are ‘birthing people,’ if you don’t agree with me that government has a constitutional right to talk to your five-year-old about sexuality — you’re a bad person and you’re not even an American.’”
“After it was over I said to myself, you know it’s really true — I’ve said this before — the water’s not gonna clear up in Washington until we get the pigs out of the creek. And no one is coming to save us but ourselves.”
Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana
“[B]ecause of their [FBI’s] suppression, they absolutely interfered in the 2020 election far greater than anything Russia or China could ever do. We have seen polls that show that, had the American public known the corruption of the Biden family and Hunter Biden, Joe Biden would not be president. We wouldn’t have open borders. We wouldn’t have 40-year-high inflation, record gas prices, rising crime. All these disastrous results, the Biden administration, Democratic governance, wouldn’t have happened but for the FBI’s politicization, their partisanship, and their suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop. Again, they had it [laptop] in December 2019, and did nothing with it.”
Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), ranking member of the Senate Permanent Committee on Investigations
“It’s all a coordinated attack with the FBI. Do you think that the FBI director is going to raid the former president’s house … without getting the approval of President [Biden]?”
Eric Trump, son of former President Donald Trump
“[‘Russia hoaxers’] have now been promoted into the Biden administration. … They’re definitely targeting [former] president Trump because they don’t want him to run for president.”
“Half the country believes that when it comes to President Trump there are no rules. They have lost faith in the system.”
Lindsey Graham, Chairman, US. Senate Judiciary Committee
“It’s clear that the Biden Administration knows it has a big problem on its hands. Attorney General Merrick Garland just put his finger in the dike. He fired off a memo warning everyone at the Justice Department against communicating with members of Congress. Well, that sounds like a violation of the Whistleblower Act, like an attempt to intimidate and silence the agents who are coming forward to expose corruption and abuse. In what world are we supposed to believe that there are no problems or just minor problems at the FBI? Who is watching the watchers? That’s the age-old question for every free society.”
“I’ll say this: If there’s a prosecution of Donald Trump for mishandling classified information after the Clinton debacle … there’ll be riots in the streets.”
Senator Lindsey Graham
“Biden says the second amendment is obsolete because you need F-15s, meanwhile he claims an insurrection can be carried out with water bottles, flag poles, and bike racks. Neither is true!”
Congressman Thomas Massie
“What do automobiles, guns, and home-schooling all have in common that makes the liberals hate them? All these things reduce individual dependence on the government and on the grandiose schemes for other people’s lives created by liberals and imposed by government.”
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
Americans at 30-year high for taking on second jobs
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
Records found at Mar-a-lago
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK