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.
August 12, 2020
........maskless man, subsequently carried out of Tucson store, on fellow-shoppers: "You're a bunch of idiots wearing masks, you know it's not real! Look at you fools. You got a f***ing doily on your face!"....Trump on Kamala Harris: "She was very, very nasty. She was probably nastier than even Pocahontas to Joe Biden...It's hard to pick somebody that's that disrespectful."....Amy Klobuchar on Trump: "Went before the country and called Kamala Harris 'nasty.' I think that's crap."....Tucker Carlson on Harris: "Transparently one-dimensional...There are timeshare salesmen you would trust more...You could find payday lenders who are more sincere."....Donald Trump Jr.: "We all know phony Kamala and her radical leftwing friends will be calling all the shots in a 'Biden Administration,' not slow Joe!"....Trump campaign on Kamala Harris: "She is proof that Joe Biden is an empty shell being filled with the extreme agenda of the radicals on the left."....Fox News' Laura Ingraham on Biden: "Viewed the whole thing as a box-checking exercise for the 'woke' crowd. He should have made his choice just on merit but now he's stuck with Harris."....Trump senior campaign adviser Katrina Pierson: "Wouldn't it be nice to focus just on qualifications instead of identity politics?"....Trump: "If I don't win the election, China will own the United States. You're going to have to learn Chinese, you want to know the truth."....Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates on Trump: "Has been the weakest president in American history with respect to China."....Sen. Ben Sasse on Trump executive orders: "Unconstitutional slop."....Trump on Sasse: "RINO...Gone rogue, again."....Sasse in response: "America doesn't have kings."....Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Trump: "Ignored science, fanned the flames of racism, and employed tactics from the playbook of fascists and dictators."....Trump on former national security adviser John Bolton: "One of the dumbest people I've met in government."....former Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Trump: "The king of cheap shots."....MSNBC contributor Joyce Alene on Trump: "Has shown more outrage in the last few days about Americans voting by mail during a pandemic that he has ever shown about Russian efforts to interfere with our elections."....Bill Gates on US COVID-19 testing: "It's mind-blowing because you can't get the federal government to improve the testing because they just want to say how great it is...[We are] paying billions of dollars in this very inequitable way to get the most worthless test results of any country in the world."....Gail Collins: "One thing I have to give Trump credit for is a general lowering of expectations."....Trump: "With Universal Mail-In Voting...2020 will be the most inaccurate and fraudulent election in history. It will be an embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election...?"....Steven Calabresi, former Trump supporter and co-founder of the conservative Federalist Society: "I had taken as political hyperbole the Democrats' assertion that President Trump is a fascist. But this latest tweet is fascistic and is itself grounds for the president's immediate impeachment by the House of Representatives and his removal from office by the Senate."....Trump on former WH Director of Communications Anthony Scaramucci: "A loser who begged to come back."....Scaramucci to Trump: "The Loser is you. 162,000 dead, 40 million American jobs lost on your watch. We are tired of all the losing."....Trump adviser Peter Navarro on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: "Goes out every day with her scarves flying and just beats the heck out of us for being cruel people."....Steve Schmidt on Trump Bedminster event: "An utter f***ing disgrace."....Ken Olin: "I'm sorry that Kanye West has serious psychological issues. But we've just spent three and a half years living with a President who has serious psychological issues, and frankly I'm all out of tolerance for anyone using the White House as a substitute for a mental hospital."....Paul Krugman: "Payroll tax cuts are the hydroxychloroquine of economic policy."....Trump on German Chancellor Angela Merkel: "Stupid."....Rush Limbaugh on Dems: "Folks, you cannot be an American leftist today, and also be religious in the traditional sense. You just can't be. They are not pro-God type people, certainly not pro-Christian."....Trump on Biden: "[Will] take away your guns. Destroy your second amendment...Hurt the Bible. Hurt God. He's against God."....Kevin M. Kruse on Trump: "The president's campaign themes: 1. Joe Biden is very weak and feeble...2. Joe Biden is so powerful he will hurt an omnipotent deity and somehow hurt a holy book as well."....CNN's Brianna Keilar, interviewing Trump campaign senior adviser Mercedes Schlapp: "This is just pointless. I get it. You're just saying a bunch of crap. Okay, you're saying a bunch of crap."....VP Mike Pence on SC Chief Justice Roberts: "Has been a disappointment to conservatives."....Trump adviser Steve Cortes on Politico: "A fake publication...'Nattering nabobs of negativity.'"....Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway's daughter Claudia: "You know what WE are sick and tired of? Our racist, homophobic, tyrannical, golfing idiot of a president."....Pelosi on Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx: "The worst...I don't have confidence in anyone who stands there while the president says, 'Swallow Lysol, it's going to cure your virus.'"....Trump on Pelosi: "Said horrible things about Dr. Birx because she was too positive on the good job we are doing on combating the China Virus.".... Trump on Birx: "Pathetic."....WH trade adviser Peter Navarro on coronavirus testing czar Brett Giroir: "Doctors' opinions are a dime a dozen."....Tucker Carlson on Biden-Harris: "The first entirely hollow presidential ticket in American history."....Paul Krugman on Republicans: "They've sacralized selfishness, hurting their own political prospects by insisting on the right to act selfishly even when it hurts others."....Wade Davis: "Those who flock to beaches, bars, and political rallies, putting their fellow citizens at risk, are not exercising freedom; they are displaying, as one commentator has noted, the weakness of a people who lack both the stoicism to endure the pandemic and the fortitude to defeat it."....Fox News host Jeanine Pirro on Biden: "What is the point of the mask?...To basically kind of dehumanize, it's to frighten people...He's always in that black mask."....Ann Coulter on Nevada sheriff who told BLM-supporting library not to call 911 for help: "Good for him! I hope the library is inundated with masturbating homeless people and pants-wetting psychotics."....Jess Zweck on Trump: "Not impotant but why does he sit on every chair like it's a toilet?"....CA GOP congressional candidate James P. Bradley on "WAP": "Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion are what happens when children are raised without God and without a strong father figure...Made me want to pour holy water in my ears."........
August 3, 2020
........Trump: "It would be truly sad if it wasn't so scary that Joe Biden could be in charge of the nuclear football."....Sen. Lindsey Graham on FBI: "They lied their asses off to the Congress."....Trump on 2020 election: "Everyone knows mail-in ballots are a disaster...This will be catastrophic for our nation. You'll see it. I'm always right about things like this. I guess I must be, or I wouldn't be sitting here."....House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn on Trump: "He doesn't plan to have fair and unfettered elections. I believe that he plans to install himself in some kind of emergency way to continue to hold on to office."....Trump on Biden and Dems: "Are strongly against Oil, Gas, Guns, and God."....Laurence Tribe on Trump: "A dangerous fool."....Trump: "Joe Biden and the far-left want to abolish borders, fully support sanctuary cities and incentivize illegal alien child smuggling."....Sen. Tom Cotton: "Susan Rice was the 'Typhoid Mary' of the Obama-era foreign policy, and Joe Biden and his Secretary of Defense Bob Gates have been wrong about every foreign policy decision of the last 40 years."....Trump on Biden: "Just a Trojan Horse for the Radical Left Agenda. He will do whatever they want!"....Paul Blumenthal on Trump's most fervent supporters: "Wanted him to erase the legacy of the first Black president and wage war against the unfavored groups haunting their minds...Trump's last hope for reelection is fomenting disorder and division -- this time, using the power of the presidency."....Trump on Portland demonstrators: "They're anarchists. They're radical crazy people."....Rep. David Jolly on Trump: "There's a saying in politics that fish always flop around before they die. You see candidates engage in erratic behavior when they know they're going to lose...Clearly this is someone who's reaching to justify a loss or to look for someone to blame."....Republican consultant Stuart Stevens on GOP: "What others and I thought were bedrock values turned out to be mere marketing slogans easily replaced. I feel like the guy working for Bernie Madoff who thought they were actually beating the market."....Trump on Portland, Oregon: "The governor and the mayor are weak."....Meghan McCain on Rep. Ted Yoho: "If you're not emotionally mature enough to handle working with strong women, then resign."....RNC spokesman Steve Guest on Hunter Biden: "Has abused his dad's elected position to get rich off the Chinese Communist Party."....Sen. Ron Wyden: "I wish the President was out there attacking Coronavirus rather than attacking our cities."....activist Maya Wiley on Trump deployment of federal forces: "Is pulling a page out of some Bible that dictators read."....Rep. Chip Roy on Trump's well-wishes for Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell: "Unacceptably obtuse for a woman accused of the most morally depraved of crimes."....Stephen King: "Even if you're a supporter, you must see by now that if Donald Trump was your uncle, the family would be discussing how to gently take away his car keys."........
July 21, 2020
................Rep. Ted Yoho to AOC on steps of U.S. Capitol: "F***ing bitch."....Trump on Biden: "This guy is not there. This guy is owned by the far left and more importantly, he's owned by China."....Kanye West on Harriet Tubman: "Never actually freed the slaves, she just had them work for other white people."....crisis management consultant Eric Dezenhall: "Trump cannot pivot because he views empathy as the equivalent of running down Pennsylvania Avenue in high heels and a tutu."....Rick Wilson on Trump Rose Garden monologue: "What in the actua f*** WAS that?"....game show host Chuck Woolery tweet, retweeted by Trump: "Everyone is lying. The CDC, Media, Democrats, our Doctors, not all but most, that we are told to trust."....Trump: "Dr. Fauci is a nice man, but he's made a lot of mistakes."....Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Fauci: "He doesn't know what he's talking about...He's been wrong every time on every issue. I don't need his advice anymore."....Coronavirus testing czar Adm. Brett Giroir on Fauci: "Doesn't necessarily...have the whole national interest in mind. He looks at it from a very narrow public health point of view."....Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro: "Dr. Anthony Fauci has a good bedside manner with the public, but he has been wrong about everything I have interacted with him on."....Sen. Ben Sasse: "Navarro's Larry, Moe and Curly junior-high slap fight this week is yet another way to undermine public confidence that these guys grasp that tens of thousands of Americans have died and tens of millions are out of work."....Maureen Dowd: "Fauci struggles to drive the data bus as the White House throws nails under his tires."....VP Mike Pence: "We don't want CDC guidelines to be a reason why people don't open their schools."....House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: "Unmarked cars. Kidnapping protesters and causing severe injuries in response to graffiti. These are not the actions of a democratic republic...Trump and his stormtroopers must be stopped."....ACLU: "Usually when we see people in unmarked cars forcibly grab someone off the street we call it kidnapping."....Trump: "The Russia hoax, it was all a hoax. The Mueller scam, it was all a scam. It was all false."....Angela Merkel on COVID-19 response: "We are seeing the moment that the pandemic can't be fought with lies and disinformation, and neither can it be with hatred and agitation. Fact-denying populism is being shown its limits."....Trump's sister Maryann on his 2016 candidacy: "He's a clown. This will never happen."....Rep. Ayanna Presley on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos: "I wouldn't trust you to care for a house plant let alone my child."....Donald Trump Jr.: "If you want to recognize your country in four years you better vote for Donald Trump."....Trump: "So hard to watch Fox News anymore. They are working so hard against the people (viewers) that got them there...The Radical Left has scared Fox into submission...Sad."....Jay Michelson: "Trump may have thought that he was installing puppets in the Supreme Court, but Gorsuch and Kavanaugh just cut the strings."....Trump on recent SC rulings: "It's a political witch hunt, the likes of which nobody's ever seen before. It's a pure witch hunt, just like the Mueller investigation was a hoax that I won, and this is another hoax. It's purely political."....Sen. Ted Cruz on SC's landmark Native American rights ruling: "Neil Gorsuch and the four liberal Justices just gave away half of Oklahoma, literally. Manhattan is next."....Trump on Roger Stone, convicted of seven felonies: "A victim of a corrupt and illegal Witch Hunt."....Rep. Adam Schiff on Stone commutation: "It is hard to imagine a more flagrant attack on the rule of law."...Sen. Mitt Romney on Stone commutation: "Unprecedented, historic corruption: an American president commutes the sentence of a person convicted by a jury of lying to shield that very president."....Newt Gingrich: "Biden promises to declare war on Nuns if elected."....Trump: "The Radical Left will destroy the USA."....Rep. Val Demings on the firing of impeachment witness and NSC Ukraine expert Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman: "The United States lost the national defense expertise of a decorated war hero due to political retaliation from a president who dodged the draft and attacked Gold Star families."....Trump on Dems: "They're trying to take everythng down. And I think they're crazy, but I also think they're evil."....Palm Beach citizens at public meeting, objecting to mandated mask-wearing: "I don't wear a mask for the same reason I don't wear underwear; things gotta breathe."..."Where do you derive the authority to regulate human breathing?"..."They want to throw God's wonderful breathing system out the door."..."Every single one of you is going to get punished by God."....Marc Abrams on masks: "All these old, white, bigoted, science-ignoring GOP dopes should just resign now -- they are literally killing us with their 'values.'"....Tom Hanks: "If you can't wear a mask and wash your hands and social-distance, I've got no respect for you."....NY Daily News cover with Trump wearing mask: "If Only It Were A Muzzle: Don Won't Wear Mask, But Says We All Should."....Nicholas Kristof on GOP: "Refusing to wear a mask is like driving drunk."....CO Gov. Jared Polis on non-mask-wearers: "Selfish bastards."....NBC's Nicolle Wallace: "Do we really have a president, who in his fourth year as the country's commander-in-chief, doesn't understand what 'intel' is?"....Trump on words "Black Lives Matter": "A symbol of hate."....Sen. Chris Murphy on Trump: "No turning back now. He's running as George Wallace. Unapologetic racism and division."....Trump on former NSC adviser John Bolton: "An idiot. All he wanted to do was drop bombs on people."....Newt Gingrich on Joe Biden's Fourth of July statement: "May be the most anti-American speech ever given by an American presidential candidate."....Trump: "If you want your 401Ks and stocks, which are getting close to an all time high (NASDAQ is already there), to disintegrate and disappear, vote for the Radical Left Do Nothing Democrats and Corrupt Joe Biden. Massive Tax Hikes -- They will make you very poor, FAST!"....Carl Reiner on Trump: "A bankrupted and corrupt businessman who had no qualifications to be the leader of any country in the civilized world."....Trump on Obamacare: "A joke...It can be replaced with a far better and much less expensive alternative."....Sen. Tammy Duckworth on Trump: "The incompetence boggles the mind."....Tucker Carlson on Dems: "When you criticize them, they won't engage with you. They don't bother to rebut your point. They attack you."....Carlson on Sen. Tammy Duckworth: "A deeply silly and unimpressive person...Actually hates America."....Duckworth on Carlson: "Walk a mile in my legs and then tell me whether or not I love America."....Samantha Bee on Trump: "An emotional weakling whose entire self-worth is based on how successful he looks to others."....Mary Trump on the White House: "A very expensive and well-guarded padded cell... [Donald has] been institutionalized for most of his adult life. So there is no way to know how he would thrive, or even survive, on his own in the real world."................
June 30, 2020
................Sen. Claire McCaskill on Trump: "He looks like a weak little baby for refusing to wear a mask."....former Trump aide Sebastian Gorka on masks: "COVID burqas...An act of submission...My body, my choice."....Fox News host Laura Ingraham on NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci: "The medical deep state...Alarmist COVID drivel."....Andrew Yang on Trump calling COVID-19 "kung-flu": "The desperate thrashing around of a losing candidate."....Jon Stewart on Trump: "The greatest agent of chaos in this country today."....Trump: "It seems the entire CNN lineup works for the communist party."....Stevie Wonder to Trump: "It's a sad day when I can see better than your 20/20 vision."....Michael Tomasky on Trump: "A needy, turbulent five-year-old whose life is a nonstop freak show."....Tim O'Brien on Trump: "He will descend further into abuse, alienation, and authoritarianism. That's what he's stewing on most of the time, the triple A's."....former National Security Adviser John Bolton on Trump: "In effect, gave personal favors to dictators he liked...I don't think he's fit for office."....Trump: "Everybody in the White House hated John Bolton...He is a liar...A sick puppy...Wacko...A washed-up Creepster...A lowlife who should be in jail...Never had a clue...A disgruntled boring fool...Incompetent!...What a dope!"....Dan Friedman on Bolton: "Say it under oath, a**hole."....Rudy Giuliani on Bolton: "A classic backstabber...A swamp character."....Seth Meyers: "There's no one -- no one -- to root for in a Trump vs. Bolton fight. They're both megalomaniacs, sociopaths looking out for themselves. It's a real 'Alien vs. Predator' situation."....Trump on Biden: "A helpless puppet of the radical left...Was a total failure in government. He 'bungled' everything that he touched."....Lara Lea Trump on Biden: "This man has done absolutely nothing positive for the African American community."....Newt Gingrich on Dems: "A major question this fall should be if the party of illegal immigrants, illegal anarchists, illegal looters should win."....Trump: "These horrible and politically charged decisions coming out of the Supreme Court are shotgun blasts into the face of people that are proud to call themselves Republicans or Conservatives. We need more Justices or we will lose our 2nd Amendment and everything else."....Rush Limbaugh on LGBT ruling: "Might be the biggest sellout of conservatism by conservative justices in the history of the Supreme Court."....Clyde Haberman on AG William Barr: "You, sir, are the winner: the most disgraceful US attorney general in my lifetime."....Trump on Maine Gov. Janet Mills: "Doesn't know what she's doing. And she's like a dictator. Why isn't she opening up this state?"....David Corn: "Trump's slow, ineffectual, self-serving, and deadly response to the coronavirus has been the most consequential act of corruption in the history of American governance. It eclipses Watergate, Teapot Dome, Iran-Contra, you name it."....nonprofit consumer advocacy group Public Citizen on Treasury Sec. Mnuchin refusing to disclose businesses that received PPP assistance: "Unconscionable, jaw-dropping corruption."....Donald Trump Jr. on media: "They will lie, cheat and steal to make sure Democrats win."....Trump: "Why doesn't the Lamestream Media treat us as they should? Answer: Because they are Fake News!"....BLM Fund co-founder LaTosha Brown on Trump: "He's willing to kill democracy. He is willing to kill any sense of real respect or trust in his government. He is willing to kill America's international and global relationships. He is a destroyer."....Jake Tapper: "There is one group of generals the president is...standing firm with: Dead, racist losers, the Confederate commanders...Before we talk about where all this ends, it does not take much moral clarity to understand that a good place to start would be for the United States to stop honoring traitors and terrorists."....The Lincoln Project ad: "For all intents and purposes, Donald Trump today became the Confederacy's second president."....GOP political consultant Raynard Jackson: "[Journalists Joy Reid, Don Lemon, and Roland Martin] are putting more poison into the black community than any drug dealer...are killing more black folks than any white person with a sheet over their face."....former national security adviser Susan Rice on Trump administration: "Racist to the core...Basically made plain that they prefer to stand by a Confederate legacy than a modern America...Its record on race is just disgraceful."....Trump on pulling down Confederate statues: "They want to demolish our heritage so they can impose their new oppressive regime in its place."....Fox host Tucker Carlson on murder charges against police officer in killing of George Floyd: "Why doesn't anybody stand up for the rest of us, for civilization?"....Anderson Cooper on WH Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany: "The president's chief apologist and lie teller."....former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell on Trump: "Lies all the time...[His rhetoric is] dangerous for our democracy...dangerous for our country."....Trump on Powell: "A real stiff...Highly overrated...He was weak and gave away everything to everybody -- so bad for USA."....Trump on November: "This will be, in my opinion, the most corrupt election in the history of our nation."....Dan Rather on Trump: "A rule of thumb: If you're lying about nonexistent voter fraud, if you're limiting polling places, if you're forcing people to line up to vote in a pandemic, even the old and the infirm, then it seems you're basically admitting most Americans don't want you to be president."....Trump on WDC Mayor Muriel Bowser: "Grossly incompetent...In no way qualified to be running an important city."...Ann Coulter on George Floyd: "He could breathe. His heart stopped."....Trump: "These Liberal Dems don't have a clue. The terrorists burn and pillage our cities, and they think it is just wonderful, even the death."....George Conway on Trump: "A soulless man with a broken mind."....Trump: "If the Democrats gain power, then the rioters will be in charge and no one will be safe."....Jon Stewart on Trump campaign: "He's going to be the meth-head Nixon...He's basically just sitting in his basement tweeting out fear-based trolling videos...A malevolent Mr. Magoo."....Rep. Maxine Waters on Trump: "Now is the time to save our country before this would-be dictator takes us all down!"....Sen. Ted Cruz on Trump, 2016: "A narcissist at a level I don't think this country has ever seen."....Ron Perlman to Cruz: "Give me 10 minutes with you and Mitch McConnell. Let's see what else yu muthaf***as can obstruct besides justice."....Henry Rollins on a Trump second term: "That should be a Philip K. Dick book, it shouldn't be our lives."................
June 5, 2020
........Meghan McCain on 2020: "An apocalyptic, dystopian hellscape."...Trump in phone call with governors, on George Floyd demonstrations: "It's a movement. If you don't put it down, it will get worse and worse. The only time it's successful is when you're weak, and most of you are weak."....WA Gov. Jay Inslee on Trump remarks: "The rantings of an insecure man trying to look strong, after building his entire career on racism and the lie of birtherism."....Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker: "You can hear in his rhetoric that he is simply trying to make himself sound like a strong man -- almost like a dictator."....Delaware Gov. John Carney: "A rant."....MA Gov. Charlie Baker: "When the country needed compassion and leadership the most, it simply was nowhere to be found. Instead, we got bitterness, combativeness, and self-interest."....Trump on Minnesota: "A laughingstock all over the world."....Houston police chief to Trump: "If you don't have anything constructive to say, keep your mouth shut."....Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot: "I will encode what I really want to say to Donald Trump. It's two words: It begins with 'F' and ends with 'U.'"...Trump to New Yorkers: "Call up the National Guard. Lowlifes and Losers are RIPPING YOU APART!"...GOP operative Caleb Hull: "It would be great if the President of the United States would stop rage tweeting in all caps and actually take decisive action as a leader instead of going MIA as our nation melts down."....George Will on GOP: "A united party, and it is united around someone who is unfit to lead."....Obama: "This pandemic has fully, finally torn back the curtain on the idea that so many folks in charge know what they are doing. A lot of them aren't even pretending to be in charge."....Trump on Obama: "He was an incompetent president, that's all I can say. Grossly incompetent."....Ann Coulter: "Is it possible Trump has resigned and they just haven't gotten around to the press release?"....Charles M. Blow: "We don't have a president. The man who has been pretending to be one is useless right now."....former Labor Secretary Robert Reich: "He is no longer president. The sooner we stop treating him as if he were, the better."....Howard Stern: "It would be extremely patriotic of Donald to say, 'I'm in over my head, and I don't want to be president anymore.'"....Trump on "Republican Voters Against Trump": "These are losers, from day one. Guys like Bill Kristol."....Trump on former FBI director James Comey: "A sick man. He's just a stupid guy. He's dumb as a rock...There's something wrong with him."....former Trump communications director Anthony Scaramucci: "Everybody goes into the Trump relationship woodchipper. You either come out on the other side with your dignity and your personal story intact, or you're re-formed as Trump compost and you're fertilizer under his shoe. You have to make a decision..."....Rep. Maxine Waters on Trump: "He only wants to open up the economy so he can go back to having his white power pep rallies."...."Art of the Deal" co-author Tony Schwartz on Trump and "opening up" the country: "If it's this decision between saving himself and saving others, it is no contest...The deaths don't matter to him."....Max Boot: "If FDR had taken Trump's approach, this column would be in German...[He] has already gotten bored with a war against coronavirus that isn't going his way."....Stephen Colbert: "For a germaphobe, Trump sure is anxious to get the rest of us out in the hot zone."....Maureen Dowd: "Trump is too much of a fake tough guy to wear a mask and Mike Pence is too much of a sycophant to the fake tough guy to wear a mask."....Trump on group that created "Mourning in America" ad: "They should not call it The Lincoln Project. It's not fair to Abraham Lincoln, a great president. They should call it The Losers Project."....Joy Reid on Bible photo: "Trump's Kim Jong Un moment."....Rev. Gini Gerbasi, teargassed at St. John's, on Trump: "You want to be living your life by the words of that book, not toting it around as a photo opportunity...They turned holy ground into a battleground."....seminarian Julia Joyce Domenick on Trump: "We were gassed for a photo op. Is any life valuable to him? Is it all about ratings?"....Evangelical Lutheran Bishop Elizabeth Eaton: "Not only was this manipulative, it was desecration."....Thomas Friedman on Mike Pompeo: "Has been the worst secretary of state in American history...Taxpayers deserve a refund from him for his education at West Point."....Sen. Claire McCaskill on Flynn case: "Ponder this for a moment. The U.S. Department of Justice has now stated that they don't care if you lie to the FBI."....Bill Kristol: "This is a foretaste of what a second Trump term would be like -- the entire executive branch weaponized to help Trump's friends, punish his enemies, and undermine the rule of law."....Rick Wilson: "So a criminal was released by a criminal working for a criminal."....Walter Shaub: "The Flynn travesty tells us they no longer feel they have to keep up the appearance of not being corrupt."....Trump on Dems: "They must pay a price for what they have done to our country."....Rudy Giuliani on Piers Morgan: "You're a disgrace."....Morgan on Giuliani: "You sound completely barking mad."....Steve Silberman: "If Putin had commanded Trump to destroy our democracy and murder Americans in large numbers under threat of blackmail, what would Trump have done differently?"....Michelle Goldberg on NYT: "The journalism industry is in free-fall, and working here often feels like being on the last boat out of a burning harbor."....Trump: "Fox News is doing nothing to help Republicans, and me, get re-elected in November."....Mark Cuban on Trump: "He is the most powerful man in the world and he always plays the victim card. 'The Dems are out to get me, the media is out to get me.'"....Trump: "So pathetic to watch the Fake News Lamestream Media playing down the gravity and depravity of the Radical Left, looters and thugs, ripping up our Liberal Democrat-run (only) cities. It is almost like they are all working together?"....James Poniewozik on Trump: "Is used to having his every whim indulged, his every thought-doodle praised as a Michelangelo."....Roger Cohen: "The president's mantra owes much to the Cosa Nostra. Threaten, threaten, threaten, and to heck with legality...Barr is Trump's hired gun. He is to justice what a hit man is to due process."....Seth Meyers on Trump Bible photo op: "Couldn't have done more damage to the Constitution last night if he'd pulled a Sinead O'Connor and ripped it up live on television and then ate the pieces."....John Oliver on Coronavirus: "It doesn't give a f*** about democracy. Which is one of the ways in which Covid-19 is the Donald Trump of infectious diseases. It's also weirdly shaped and disproportionately harmful to minorities."........