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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.

  • June 14, 2021

    ....Rep. Lauren Boebert on the media: "Needs to quit acting like cicadas are the worst creatures in DC. I can list several that are worse, starting with the Speaker of the House."....Donald Trump Jr. on Biden: "The world sees him as feeble."....Sean Hannity: "The Squad runs Joe Biden."....Rick Perry on VP Harris: "She's finished."....US Capitol Police officer James Blassingame on 1/6 rioters: "[Looked like] a horde of zombies, just people as far as you could see just salivating..."....Fox News contributor Miranda Devine: "That's the way [Joe Biden] operates with his entire family; white privelege, Biden privilege. And he has projected his whole racism onto America. He has sullied us all with his own sins."....CA Gov. Gavin Newsom on US District Judge Roger Benitez: "A wholly-owned subsidiary of the gun lobby and the NRA."....Sen. Rand Paul on Dr. Fauci: "Continuously and deliberately misleading the public at every turn."....Sean Hannity: "Flip-flop Fauci."....Judge Judy on CBS: "We had a nice marriage. It's going to be a Bill and Melinda Gates divorce."....MSNBC's Joy-Ann Reid: "Donald Trump Jr. selling birthday greetings for $500 a pop is one of the saddest and most hilarious unexpected outcomes of our prior four years of hell."....former GOP Rep. Barbara Comstock on Trump: "The patron saint of sore losers."....former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner on Trump: "A runaway criminal president."....Frank Bruni on Trump: "A glutton yanked away from the buffet...No good comes from an ego as ravenous as his. He will make a meal of the Republican Party -- and of American democracy itself -- if he can."....Trump: "Our country is being destroyed before our very eyes."....Kid Rock: "If Kid Rock using the word 'faggot' offends you, good chance you are one."....

  • June 3, 2021

    ....NY Post on Sen. Mitch McConnell blocking Jan. 6 probe: "Spineless McWorm."....Michael Steele on McConnell and GOP: "Pathetic cowards."....CNN's Don Lemon: "They're trying to throw the truth of what happened into a big old memory hole so they never have to think about it again."....David Corn: "It's kind of amazing that you can watch in real-time the Republican Party betraying the nation."....Fox News' Sean Hannity: "The left's obsession with being 'woke' is turning America into a nation of weak wimps."....Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on AOC: "O'Crazyo-Cortez."....WaPo on Trump's website: "Has attracted fewer estimated visitors than the pet-adoption service Petfinder and the recipe site Delish."....Roger Stone on Zachary Petrizzo: "Is this not the most punchable face you have ever seen? What a little a**hole."....Eric Trump: "The Washington Post is a joke."....Trump on Madoff family, 2011: "For these people who sit there and claim they had no idea what was happening with their father, who was right next to them in offices and everything else -- don't believe it, folks! It's a scam."....Michael Cohen on Trump: "Reality doesn't exist in Donald Trump's world."....Joy Reid on Tucker Carlson: "A male Karen."....Piers Morgan on Naomi Osaka: "World sport's most petulant little madamn...A petulant brat who can't handle criticism."....Fox Sports commentator Skip Bayless on LeBron James: "The Drama King."....

  • May 20, 2021

    ....Sen. Ted Cruz on the U.S. military: "Woke, emasculated..."....NY Daily News on Sen. McConnell: "Trump's Li'l Mitch."....Rep. Tim Ryan on GOP: "We need two political parties in the country that are both living in reality. And you ain't one of them!"....Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene to Rep. AOC through mail slot in door, in recently-posted 2019 video: "If you want to be a big girl, you need to get rid of your diaper, and come out and be able to talk to the American citizens."....Meghan McCain on Greene: "You're behaving like an animal...This is just abusive and abhorrent behavior from anyone, let alone a sitting member of Congress."....Rep. Liz Cheney on GOP: "We cannot let the former president drag us backward and make us complicit in his efforts to unravel our democracy. Down that path lies our destruction, and potentially the destruction of our country."....Rep. Lauren Boebert on Cheney: "Seems to be auditioning for a job with the Lincoln Project."....Fox News' Sean Hannity on Cheney: "You were removed from leadership because you put your selfish agenda ahead of the party's agenda."....Rep. Madison Cawthorn: "Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey, goodbye Liz Cheney."....Rep. Adam Kinzinger on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy: "Gave his proxy card to Donald Trump."....MSNBC's Joy Reid on McCarthy: "Might be the weakest man I've ever seen in politics."....The Lincoln Project on Rep. Elise Stefanik: "The perfect standard-bearer for a party that bears no standards."....Michael Steele: "Donald Trump brought the gold toilet into the RNC and everyone thinks it's a pool, and they're just diving in."....Trump on Liz Cheney: "A warmongering fool."....Trump on Mitch McConnell: "Weak and pathetic."....Trump on 2020 election: "Will go down as THE CRIME OF THE CENTURY."....Proud Boys sergeant-at-arms Ethan Nordean, in custody since February for his actions on Jan. 6: "Alright I'm gonna say it. F*** TRUMP. F*** him more than Biden. I've followed this guy for four years and given everything and lost it all...So glad he was able to pardon a bunch of degenerates as his last move and sh** on us on the way out."....Joanna Weiss on Twitter: "It's essentially a ping-pong match held over a viper pit."....

  • May 10, 2021

    ....GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger on his party: "Right now it's basically the Titanic...We have a band on the deck telling everyone it's fine. Donald Trump's running around trying to find women's clothing and get on the first lifeboat."....MD Gov. Larry Hogan on his party: "It just bothers me that you have to swear fealty to the dear leader or you get kicked out...It's sort of a circular firing squad."....Maureen Dowd on Liz Cheney and the GOP: "Suddenly seems like a Valkyrie amid halflings."....Sean Hannity: "On the left, you're allowed to lie and make crazy, ridiculous, totally untrue statements, and you can get a free pass, and you can even say racist things or racial things, sexist things, xenophobic, homophobic, and you'll even get a pass."....Trump: "Free speech has been taken away from the President of the United States."....Steve Silberman: "How dare Big Tech try to silence the man whose lies dominated every news cycle for five years, whose every tantrum was a headline, whose words were poison in the American bloodstream, whose face loomed over our dreams, who ordered a coup with his iPhone."....Laura Ingraham on teaching kids "they" and "them" pronouns: "The goal is to break the bond with the nuclear family."....MSNBC's Jason Johnson on Sen. Lindsey Graham: "Has about as much political integrity and stability as a weather vane."....Fox News' Tucker Carlson: "Joy-Ann Reid, the race lady over at MSNBC, took a quick break from haranguing whitey yesterday."....Reid on Carlson: "I'm not the one who spools over my neighborhood 'changing' like I'm some segregationist housewife from the 1950s! That would be you, Tuckums."....

  • May 3, 2021

    ....CNN anchor Jim Acosta on Fox News: "The bull**** factory."....Fox News' Tucker Carlson: "The next time you see someone in a mask on the sidewalk or the bike path do not hesitate, ask politely but firmly, 'Would you please take off your mask?...It's repulsive. Don't do it around other people.'"....CNN's Jim Acosta on Carlson: "A Doctor of Disinformation who sounds like he went to medical school at Trump University."....Frank Bruni on Carlson: "The new Trump."....Timothy Egan on former Sen. Rick Santorum: "Mr. Santorum's pockets are so full of ignorance there isn't room to stuff a tissue of truth in there."....Sen. Ted Cruz on Trevor Noah: "I wear your scorn with pride. I remember when 'The Daily Show' was funny."....Donald Trump Jr. on Rep. Liz Cheney: "'Republican' warmonger."....Stephen Miller on Biden speech: "No outreach, no bipartisanship, no surprises, no warmth -- a lifeless and dry address."....House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Biden: "He wants to control your life."....Sen. John Kennedy: "If you hate cops just because they're cops, then feel free to call a criminal -- call a meth head -- the next time you get in trouble."....Sen. Josh Hawley writing on Twitter to promote his book 'The Tyranny of Big Tech,' which is available on Amazon: "The corporate media and the woke mob don't want you to read this book. They tried to cancel it. They failed."....Sen. Ted Cruz: "Go woke, go broke."....conspiracy theorist Alex Jones: "Most of the people taking the vaccine will be dead within ten years."....Stephen Colbert on Jones: "No one else has as much fun while making the world a worse place to live in."....