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“Look, having nuclear—my uncle was a great professor and scientist  and engineer, Dr. John Trump at MIT; good genes, very good genes, OK, very smart, the Wharton School of Finance, very good, very smart —you know, if you’re a conservative Republican, if I were a liberal, if, like, OK, if I ran as a liberal Democrat, they would say I’m one of the smartest people anywhere in the world—it’s true!—but when you’re a conservative Republican they try—oh, do they do a number—that’s why I always start off: Went to Wharton, was a good student, went there, went there, did this, built a fortune—you know I have to give my like credentials all the time, because we’re a little disadvantaged—but you look at the nuclear deal, the thing that really bothers me—it would have been so easy, and it’s not as important as these lives are (nuclear is powerful; my uncle explained that to me many, many years ago, the power and that was 35 years ago; he would explain the power of what’s going to happen and he was right—who would have thought?), but when you look at what’s going on with the four prisoners—now it used to be three, now it’s four—but when it was three and even now, I would have said it’s all in the messenger; fellas, and it is fellas because, you know, they don’t, they haven’t figured that the women are smarter right now than the men, so, you know, it’s gonna take them about another 150 years—but the Persians are great negotiators, the Iranians  are great negotiators, so, and they, they just killed, they just killed us.”

—Donald Trump, apparently off his meds, in a July 2016 campaign speech in South Carolina.

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(Today’s installment of Notable Quotables is dedicated especially to those of you who accuse me of bias against Donald Trump. You have called me and those who offer their comments traitors, haters, socialists and even communists, which I find rather ironic given Trump’s infatuation with Putin. Today’s Notable Quotable is provided to show that bias and hatred is not limited to the so-called “Never Trumpers.”):

“So I’m thinking of replying to the guy, ‘Okay, I’ll send you a response…I hope he fails.”

“I would be honored if the Drive-By Media headlined me all day long: ‘Limbaugh: I hope Obama fails.’ Somebody’s gotta say it.”

—Rush Limbaugh, recent recipient of the Congressional Medal of Freedom (a symbol of patriotism and devotion to American ideals, ostensibly awarded for “especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors”), on Barack Obama becoming president, Jan. 16, 2009.

(And before Fairness, Outlaw or Zoe jump in, let’s be perfectly clear: No one here has ever once said he or she wanted Trump to fail. Not once.)

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“I am in control here.”

—Alexander Haig, President Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of State, immediately after Reagan was shot on March 30, 1981, because Vice President George H. W. Bush was not in Washington that day. (WRONG: The U.S. Constitution designates both the Speaker of the House and the president pro tem of the Senate ahead of the secretary of state in the line of succession when both the president and vice president are unavailable or incapacitated.)

“I’m actually, I guess, the chief law enforcement officer of the country.”

—Donald Trump, Feb. 18, 2020. (WRONG AGAIN: That would be news to William Barr; the Constitution designates the attorney general as the chief law enforcement officer in the U.S.)

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“It’s a clemency process for the well-connected, and that’s it. Trump is wielding the power the way you would expect the leader of a banana republic who wants to reward his friends and cronies.”

—Rachel Barkow, professor and clemency expert at New York University School of Law, following Trump’s issuing pardons to 11 people, including former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who had attempted to sell Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat after he was elected president.

 

“Extortion by a public official is a very serious crime, routinely prosecuted throughout the United States whenever, as here, it can be detected and proven. That has to be the case in America: a justice system must hold public officials accountable for corruption. It would be unfair to their victims and the public to do otherwise. While the president has the power to reduce Mr. Blagojevich’s sentence, the fact remains that the former governor was convicted of very serious crimes.”

—Chicago attorneys Reid J. Schar, Chris Niewoehner and Patrick J. Fitzgerald and Cook County Judge Carrie E. Hamilton, in a statement in response to Trump’s pardon of Blagojevich.

 

“There are plenty of issues that we are concerned about.”

—U.S. District Judge Cynthia Rufe of Philadelphia, on the emergency meeting called by the Federal Judges Association to address concerns over Trump’s and Justice Department officials’ intervention in politically sensitive court cases.

 

 

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[Instead of posting a quote by Dear Leader Trump, today I’m going to cut and paste a question and response from Quora, an online service that posts questions and answers about just about any topic one could imagine. I believe the question and answer speak for themselves and the answer tells us all we need to know about POTUS.]

If Trump or his family invited you to work for them in any capacity, why would you accept or decline? And how would you do so?

Reader’s response:

“The husband of a good friend of mine started a marketing/advertising business in midtown Manhattan years ago. He immediately got a small printing job from the trump organization. He met a very tight deadline that they had imposed and before he even got the first bill out they hired him for 4 other jobs in quick succession. He was working 16 hours a day to make sure that he got everything out on time. Shortly after he finished the fifth job he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. My friend was a principal in a large Manhattan school at the time. They had two young children in school in Brooklyn. My friend sent multiple bills and invoices to the trump organization. She called multiple times. She finally went up to the office. Her husband was dying. She had two little kids. As trump is known to do, he ignored her. Her husband had done over $100,000 worth of marketing and printing work for the trump organization and they hadn’t paid them a penny. At one point they told her to go to the remote Queen’s office which turned out to just be a way of getting rid of her. The Queen’s office didn’t even have an accounting department and had no idea why she was there. At one point she was removed by security from the Manhattan office. She eventually got a check for $15,000 marked paid in full. When she called the accounting office to dispute the amount, they told her to sue them.

“I know builders and architects in Atlantic City who were also scammed by trump. The company I worked for years ago hired a number of people from the trump organization. We have been in meetings with these people and no one who has ever worked for him has anything good to say about him.

“I remember when my friend’s husband got the first job from trump, he was so excited that such a large organization had given him an opportunity. He quickly realized that the trump organization can’t get anyone in New York to work for them because everyone knows he doesn’t pay his workers.”

[Now, the first question is: if he would do that to a terminally-ill vendor, what do you think he is capable of doing to social security/Medicare/Medicaid recipients—or, for that matter, anyone who disagrees with him? The second question: Do you really think he gives a damn about you? There is no third question.]

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