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“The gun people, they think about nothing else. And they never change their minds, never change their attitudes and never change the frickin’ subject. How do you keep an interest among normal people that keeps up with that intense, almost, well, obsession that the gun people have?
…[D]o you think there might be a soupcon of ethnic gaming in this, the pictures they put in there? Obama and Bloomberg? Maybe a soupcon, a little spoonful of throwing in the ethnic part? It might just turn off people in West Virginia. I mean, I’m just thinking what game they’re playing there?”
“[T]hey’re trying to stay focused on the things that really matter to this presidency, and only trying to spend a small amount of time putting out these little fires.”
“I think [Ted Cruz] fits in the tradition of Father Coughlin and McCarthy and of course, and maybe to a lesser extent, Pat Buchanan and of course, O’Reilly. These guys are hard right-wing guys. They look a lot alike. They have that — we call it the black Irish look to them. They don’t smile much. It’s quite a tradition here, but it does run to the right of the regular Republican Party.”
“He’s talking about Republican Senator Ted Cruz, the guy who once called President Obama the most radical President we’ve ever seen. He tweeted, “If supporting real immigration reform, not path to citizenship, is ‘Obamaphobia,’ guilty as charged. Re-tweet if you’re a fellow ‘Obamaphobic.’”
Bragging about being Obamaphobic. Now, I know he was responding to a Democratic Senator, but the fact is, this is who they are. They are scared because the party is built on fear and obstruction. And no matter how hard they try, it`s not working.”
“Where should a transgender schoolgirl be allowed to pee? To some, this may sound like a minor, insignificant question, but not to Nicole Maines, a 15-year-old transgender girl who attended Maine public schools. Born a boy biologically, Maines now self-identifies as a girl, dressing in girls’ clothing and sporting a typical 15-year-old girl’s hair and makeup.
[I]t’s imperative that courts like the one in Maine see cases like Nicole Maines’s for what they are: acts of discrimination no different from those that prohibited black people from entering white bathrooms until the 1960s.”
“We’ve put a spotlight on the people and the organizations taking the brunt of this arbitrary, across-the-board, spending cuts known as sequester. It’s still going on, by the way. And as you might imagine, it’s the most vulnerable among us taking the hits. Today, we focus on something pretty scary. It’s cuts to funding of victims of domestic violence.\
…How do you get the members of Congress to say, “look, some women are going to die this week because these shelters are closing their doors to them”?”
“That old story’s getting new again. To hear some Republicans tell it, President Obama used the office to target his political enemies. But the man in charge of dealing with those non-profit groups for the IRS says now that the White House had nothing to do with it. And by the way, the guy’s a conservative Republican. He’s the guy that was calling the shots. So it could be this whole thing was a big nothing burger.”
“I will leave the office at some point. Sometime in the next three and a half years and after that I will be a private citizen. And I suspect that on a list of people who might be targeted so that somebody can read their emails or listen to their phone calls, I might be high on that list. So it’s not that I personally don’t have an interest in insuring that my privacy is protected.”