STICKS, STONES, BROKEN BONES
During the 2000 Bush-Gore presidential race, we began collecting negative soundbites and posting them weekly on a MUDLINE ticker, as a temporary election feature. But in the aftermath of that tumultuous contest we realized that the tone of public discourse was unlikely to improve, and elected to continue the feature. Unfortunately, we were right; two decades later, incivility is hotter than ever. If you just can’t get enough snark on social media, this mud’s for you.
October 13, 2020
........Trump on Biden: "Wouldn't be president for two months...He's not mentally capable."....Trump on Harris: "A gaffe machine....A monster....She's a communist."....Trump on Pelosi: "Should be under observation."....Trump on Dems: "Scum."....Tommy Vietor on Trump: "High as a giraffe's ass and evasive."....Pence on Biden: "A cheerleader for communist China since day one."....Trump on Biden: "Owned by radical globalists."....Rush Limbaugh on The Rock and Lebron James endorsing Biden: "It is the ChiComs who own them, and it is the Chinese to whom they are loyal."....Tomi Lahren on Biden: "Might as well carry a purse with that mask, Joe."....WaPo's Alexandra Petri on Trump: "There is no one he would not sacrifice."....Secret Service agent to WaPo on Trump's joy ride: "He's not even pretending to care now."....MSNBC's Joy Reid: "A Mussolini moment."....Ron Perlman on Trump: "Needs to have the keys to the country taken away."....Sen. Ted Cruz on NBA support for BLM: "#GetWokeGoBroke."....Mavericks owner Mark Cuban in response: "You are so full of s***."....radio host Mark Levin on Dems: "Have multiple plans to destroy the Republic and our economic system."....WaPo's Dana Millbank on Trump: "Repaying our compassion with reckless disregard and callous contempt for the well-being of anybody but himself...Has set a new standard for selfishness."....Pence aide Karine Jean-Pierre on using a plastic barrier at VP debate: "If Sen. Harris wants to use a fortress around herself, have at it."....Chris Cuomo: "This President is a walking lie."....CNN's John King on Hunter Biden: "A swamp creature...Trading in his family name to make money around the world."....Robert Reich: "Please stop calling undocumented people who pay taxes 'freeloaders.' A freeloader is a trust-fund billionaire who pays $0 in federal income taxes for 10 out of 15 years and then receives top-notch government-funded health care when he gets sick."....Steve Schmidt: "There is no person in America who has done more to spread COVID-19 than Donald Trump, and no one has tried harder to catch it."....CNN's Jake Tapper on Trump: "You have become a symbol of your own failures. Failures of recklessness, ignorance, arrogance. The same failures you have been inflicting on the rest of us."....Fox News' Chris Wallace: "The president of the United States is in the most secure bubble in the world...and he still got it. So, wear the damn mask!"....George Conway on Trump: "He failed to protect the country. He couldn't even protect himself."....Michael Gerson: "The first debate...was clarifying. One candidate earned the grade of B, maybe a C. The other burned down the schoolhouse...Trump is a once-in-a-lifetime threat to the future of the republic."....NYT editorial board: "Mr. Trump doesn't care if you think he's corrupt, incompetent and self-centered. He just wants you to think everyone else is just as bad, and that he's the only one brave enough to tell it to you straight. It is an effort to dull Americans' sense of right and wrong."....AOC on GOP: "Drinking their own Kool-Aid...An anti-everybody agenda."....Trump: "Bad things happen in Philadelphia. Bad things."....CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield on coronavirus task force adviser Dr. Scott Atlas: "Everything he says is false."....David Brooks on Trump: "Shredding every norm of decent behavior and wrecking every institution he touches...The stench of national decline is in the air."....Stephen Colbert on Trump: "The least wise person in history."........
October 1, 2020
........NBC’s Savannah Guthrie on debate: “That was crazy. What was that?”….CNN's Dana Bash: "I'm just going to say it like it is: that was a s***show."....CNN host Jake Tapper: "That was a hot mess, inside a dumpster fire, inside a train wreck."....MSNBC's Rachel Maddow: "A monstrous cavalcade of increasingly wild and obscene lies."....James Fallows: “This was a disgusting moment for democracy. Donald Trump made it so, and Chris Wallace let him.”….NBC’s Lester Holt: “If hearing this debate is over was music to your ears, you may not be alone. I’m at a bit of a loss for words here to describe what we’ve just witnessed.”….CNN's Van Jones: "We are in an immoral swamp of misbehavior. This was not a normal night."....ABC's George Stephanopoulos: "As someone who's watched for 40 years, that was the worst presidential debate I have ever seen."....NYT's David Brooks: "I'm the most horrified I've been in my career as a political journalist."....NBC's Chuck Todd: "A train wreck of the making of one person. We know who did this."....Thomas L. Friedman: “Trump sent a warning. Let’s take it seriously…The most dishonest, dangerous, mean spirited, divisive and corrupt person to ever occupy the Oval Office.”….MSNBC's Nicholle Wallace: "Donald Trump was the abuser and Chris Wallace was among the abused...It felt like an assault on our presidential campaign process."....Heather Digby Parton: "His sweaty face and angry grimace formed the surreal picture of every woman's worst nightmare -- the domineering boss, the cruel boyfriend, the violent father, the abusive husband."....Adrianna McIntyre on Trump: "I can't believe I was ever told that women are too emotional to be president."....historian Jon Meacham: "The incumbent's behavior this evening is the lowest moment in the history of the presidency since Andrew Johnson's racist state papers."....Carl Bernstein on Trump: "Has created the first grifter presidency in the history of the United States, in which his purpose in running for the presidency and exercising the powers of the presidency -- the fundamental reason -- is to bail himself and his family out."....CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale on Trump's debate performance: "An avalanche of lying...A serial liar who keeps serially lying."....MSNBC's Joe Scarborough on Trump: "Set himself on fire in front of 100 million people."....former DHS chief of staff Miles Taylor: “I think I speak for the majority of people who served under Trump when I say: he demonstrated his unfitness for office tonight. He’s unhinged, untrustworthy, and un-presidential.”….MSNBC's Chris Hayes: "The whole debate is a microcosm of our national nightmare. A complete sociopath barking at everyone as everyone tries their best to kind of work normal."....Steve Silberman on moderator Chris Wallace and Fox: "The Frankenstein his network created bit his head off and s*** it out all over the stage."....Trump on the election: "This is not going to end well."........
September 25, 2020
........Trump on a Biden presidency: "There will be no oil. There will be no God. There will be no guns."....Michelle Goldberg on Trump: "An aspiring fascist who would burn democracy to the ground to salve his diseased ego."....Bob Woodward on Trump: "Madness and organizational sickness...He failed himself, he failed the country, he failed the Republican Party, he failed the concept of the office of the president."....Trump on Woodward's book: "Very boring."....Woodward on Trump: "Putting a dagger in the Constitution."....Sen. Bernie Sanders: "This is an election between Donald Trump and democracy."....Gail Collins: "Most Senate Republicans were actually born in the exact same county, a woodsy place called Chutzpahina. You'll find it on the map tucked between South Cynicalassas and North Hypocritian."....AG William Barr on journalists: "They don't care if they're not telling the truth, because they don't believe the truth is a meaningful concept. It's about the pursuit of power."....Jennifer Rubin on Barr: "Seems to have gone overboard with his audition for a Bond villain."....Donald Trump Jr. on CNN: "Nothing more than a Super PAC for the Biden campaign."....Sean Hannity on Dems: "Do not care about our great system of justice. They want to burn down the system."....Trump on Sen. Kamala Harris: "If a woman is going to become the first president of the United States, it can't be her. That would rip our country apart."....former Homeland Security chief of staff Miles Taylor: "The president has done a very effective job of creating a culture of fear."....Trump on Biden: "Joe feels very safe in a mask. Maybe he doesn't want to expose his face. I don't know what's going on. There's no reason for him to have masks on."....former RNC spokesperson Tim Miller on large maskless Trump rally: "F***ing appalling."....Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak: "Reckless and selfish."....Trump on Sisolak: "Will cheat on the ballots, I have no doubt about it."....MSNBC host Joy Reid on Trump: "A baby Putin.".... Gov. Nikki Haley in 2016: "Donald Trump is everything we teach our kids not to do in kindergarten."....Trump on Biden: "Wants to quadruple your taxes and go to socialized healthcare. Depression!"....Rep. Bill Pascrell: "'We win, the hell with you.' That should be the GOP's permanent slogan.".....MSNBC analyst Malcolm Nance: "Trump is not joking about a third term. Ignore it at your peril."....Trump-appointed HHS assistant secretary Michael Caputo: "When Donald Trump refuses to stand down at the inauguration, the shooting will begin...If you carry guns, buy ammunition, ladies and gentlemen, because it's going to be hard to get."....Jared Kushner in March: "Cuomo didn't pound the phones hard enough to get PPE for his state...His people are going to suffer and that's their problem."....Sarah Cooper "Why does every photo of Jared Kushner look like he's about to take the last slice of pizza?"....Trump on watching TV "Sometimes I have to turn it off. I can't watch me. I can't watch me."........
September 14, 2020
........maskless attendee at Trump rally: "There's no COVID. It's a fake pandemic."....GOP strategist Stuart Stevens: "Watching the Republican Party is like watching your friend drink himself to death."....epidemiologist Larry Brilliant, who helped eradicate smallpox, on COVID: "The administration made every single mistake you could possibly make. We could have beaten it back."....Trump on Biden: "You ever see him with his little circles?...You know why he puts the circles?...Because they can't get anybody to fill up a room...Nobody wants to go."....Laurence Tribe: "Trump's dismissive attitude has shaped the course of this deadly disease. He's a killer."....Nicholas Kristof: "Because of COVID-19, Trump called himself a wartime president, but he didn't heed his generals and never ordered ammunition."....Sen. Chris Murphy on Trump: "His plan is to kill people. Let's just say it."....Biden on Trump COVID response: "The virus is not his fault, but the deaths are his fault. Because he could have done something about it...He waved a white flag. He walked away...It's almost criminal."....Trump on Biden: "I think there's probably, possibly, drugs involved. That's what I hear."....Donald Trump Jr. on Biden: "Are they giving him something so that he can appear even a little bit lucid or coherent at times for the few seconds that they put him on air?"....Sen. Ted Cruz: "Many liberal males never grow balls."....Trump: "My f***ing generals are a bunch of pussies."....Michael Cohen: "Trump has stated to me that he believes anybody who went to Vietnam was stupid. He had no interest in going, he wasn't going, and anyone that went, he deemed to be stupid."....Gen. James Mattis, former defense secretary, on Trump: "Dangerous...Unfit...Has no moral compass."....chant for Obama at Nevada Trump rally: "Lock him up!"....Biden on Trump: "An absolute fool."....Maureen Dowd: "Trump desperately wants approval even as he seems relentlessly driven to prove he's not worthy of it."....John Heileman on Trump: "Everything that comes out of this man's mouth is either confession or projection."....Trump on The Lincoln Project: "I would have them change the name to 'The Losers Project.'"....Trump at rally, on CNN anchor Jake Tapper: "I know, you don't like him. Who likes him? Who the hell can like him?"....Michael Cohen on Trump: "He actually thinks it's a positive quality to skirt the law. He thinks that's how to really get s*** done, to be above it all and be able to do whatever you want."....Trump on The Atlantic article about his disdain for the military: "It's a terrible magazine. I don't read it...They made it up."....Rep. Matt Gaetz: "The Atlantic is Fake News. They make things up."....First Lady Melania Trump on former aide Stephanie Winston Wolkoff's book: "Delusional and malicious gossip."....Donald Trump Jr. on Biden: "It's truly sad that someone in his family hasn't stepped in and said enough is enough. At what point is this sham basement campaign considered elder abuse?"....GOP strategist Stuart Stevens: "Why do all these people around Donald Trump keep getting arrested? It is because they are crooks...The campaign manager, deputy campaign manager, the foreign policy adviser, the national security adviser, the chief political adviser -- all those guys are felons...Donald Trump is a wannabe gangster. Gangsters hire other gangsters."....Mary Trump: "When a family system arranges itself or organizes itself around the most deeply damaged person in the family, nothing good comes of that."....Trump on niece Mary Trump: "Unstable...Was rightfully shunned, scorned, and mocked her entire life, and never even liked by her own very kind and caring grandfather."....Joe Scarborough on maskless gathering to hear Trump's acceptance speech: "The Woodstock of germs."....Rep. Eric Swalwell: "Remember when Donald Trump said he was going to drain the swamp, and then held his re-election convention in DC?"....Robert Reich: "There is no longer a Republican Party. There is the Trump Party. No platform, no principles, no ideals, no vision. Just Donald J. Trump. GOP, R.I.P."....Mary Trump: "Almost every single participant in this convention was willing to lie, and knew they were lying, and didn't care...breathtaking."....Eugene Robinson on Trump: "Is running the most openly racist national campaign since that of George Wallace in 1968."....Tucker Carlson: "I think Black Lives Matter is poison...Black Lives Matter wants to run the country...Is definitely not about black lives...Remember that when they come for you."....Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler: "Do you seriously wonder, Mr. President, why this is the first time in decades that America has seen this level of violence? It's you who have created hate and division."....Ann Coulter on accused Kenosha shooter: "I want him as my president."....Rush Limbaugh: "It's time to choose. You are either with the mob or you are with the police."....Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts on Kenosha response: "Ann Coulter, Tucker Carlson, and Fox News are encouraging Americans to murder one another."....Trump: "Biden's plan for the China virus is to shut down the entire U.S. economy...wants to surrender our country to the virus...wants to surrender our families to the violent left-wing mob...wants to surrender our jobs to China...would immediately collapse the economy."....Michael Cohen on Trump: "All of the drama, my book included, is making him unravel, which you see on a daily basis in his psycho tweeting. The fact that he has absolutely no self-control is a testament to where his mind is at. It's dangerous."....Trevor Noah: "Since when is Donald J. Trump concerned about creating a panic? That is literally his favorite thing...His campaign slogan is basically, 'Look out behind you!'"....Seth Meyers: "The choices aren't lie or panic. There's a third option where you tell people the truth and then do something about it, which would reassure everyone. But no, we elected the guy who puts a piece of duct tape over the check-engine light."........
August 28, 2020
........Trump on Obama: "They say he was a great president, but you can't be a great president when much of what he's done we've undone.".....Mike Pence: "The hard truth is, you won't be safe in Joe Biden's America."....Eric Trump on Biden: "Has been a total pushover for Communist China...Has pledged to defund the police and take away our cherished Second Amendment."....Tiffany Trump on 2020 election: "This is a fight for freedom vs. oppression."....Donald Trump Jr. on Biden: "The Loch Ness Monster of the Swamp."....Molly Jong-Fast on Donald Trump Jr.: "A disgusting racist trying desperately to get a narcissist to love him."....Ann Coulter: "Imagine a world where you get a prime time speaking slot at a major party's convention simply by being related to the president!"....Jennifer Rubin "75% of people speaking at RNC are employees or stand to inherit money from him."....Trump on Biden: "He is the destroyer of America's jobs, and if given the chance he will be the destroyer of America's greatness."....Dan Rather: "The Trump re-election strategy seems to be to argue that only Donald Trump can save America from Donald Trump's America."....Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz on Biden: "Catholic in name only."....Sen. Joni Ernst on Biden-Harris: "They would essentially ban animal agriculture and eliminate gas-powered cars. It would destroy the agriculture industry."....former Sen. Claire McCaskill: "I am furious at this little, small man trashing the people's house with his narcissism and his ego. Using those people that were becoming American citizens as props."....former Office of Government Ethics director Walter Shaub on using White House as setting for convention event: "This abomination may be the most visible misuse of official position for private gain in America's history."....former FL AG Pam Bondi on Biden: "Has been writing the textbook on abuse of power for over 50 years."....Trump on Sen. Chris Coons: "A very weak and pathetic Schumer puppet."....former NFL safety Jack Brewer on Black Lives Matter: "Calls for the destruction of the nuclear family."....Trump on Biden: "He supports the extreme late-term abortion of defenseless babies right up to the moment of birth."....Trump: "If Biden is elected, China will own our country...They own Joe Biden."....conservative activist Charlie Kirk: "This election is a decision between preserving America as we know it and eliminating everything that we love."....Trump: "If you want a vision of your life under Joe Biden, imagine the smoldering ruins of Minneapolis, the violent anarchy of Portland, and the bloodstained sidewalks of Chicago coming to every city and town in America."....Rick Wilson: "Trump is the bad tattoo you get in Cozumel when you're drunk and you're 19."....WaPo editorial board: "History will record Mr. Trump's presidency as a march of wanton, uninterrupted, tragic destruction."....Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Postmaster General Louis Dejoy: "Flat-out lied to the Senate."....Trump on Biden: "A puppet of the radical-left movement that seeks to destroy the American way of life."....Fox News' Andrew Napolitano on AG William Barr: "Stalinistic."....Greg Sargent on GOP convention: "Sheer unbridled messianism."....Rush Limbaugh: "The Democrat Party has been devoted to the apocalyptic future of this country for quite a while."....Al Gore on Trump: "Putting his knee on the neck of American democracy."....Ann Coulter on Kyle Rittenhouse, accused of killing two Kenosha protesters: "I want him as my president."....David Frum on Fox News' Tucker Carlson: "A professionally competent white supremacist."....Robert Reich on Carlson: "Racist, murderous rants."....Sen. Sherrod Brown on Trump call for Goodyear boycott: "Absolutely despicable...He betrays workers in Akron."....Brian Klass on Fox News: "Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and Jeanine Pirro are the modern-day versions of Potemkin, set on ensuring that their leader sees a world constructed for him and not the grim reality that lies beyond the airwaves."....Sen. Tammy Duckworth on Trump: "Coward in chief."....Trump: "If we don't win, it's all gone...It'll be a totally different country."....Trump on Biden: "Mentally shot...Not all there."....Tucker Carlson on Dems and Biden: "The most radical mass political movement in American history has found a front man who seems like he should be feeding pigeons."....Mary Trump on her uncle: "He has been rewarded for bad behavior his entire life."....David Plouffe on a second Trump term: "It will be Moscow's for the taking."....Jim Gaffigan on Trump: "A traitor and a con man who doesn't care about you. Deep down you know it...Trump is a liar and a criminal."....former Breitbart chairman Steve Bannon on Donald Trump Jr.: "A guy who believes everything on Breitbart is true."....Jeffrey Toobin on numerous Trump Administration indictments: "An extraordinary record of sleaze."....Rachel Maddow on Trump and Bannon: "When you are running against an incumbent president, the incumbent president doesn't usually do you the favor of having their third straight campaign chief arrested on the day that the opposition party picks its nominee."....Renato Mariotti on Bannon: "A garden variety fraudster."....Seth Meyers on Bannon: "A baked potato Fabio."....Jimmy Fallon on Bannon: "Looks like someone you'd find sleeping in a bathroom stall at Margaritaville."....Sarah Silverman on Bannon arrest: "We've got to stop the White House-to-prison pipeline."....Stephen Colbert: "The last four years are like Trump is Dorian Gray and we're the picture."........