“This is just so unprecedented and so outrageous that you have to ask the question: would the rightwing be doing this if we had a white president there? The fact that the first African-American president…
I think it’s a very important question because I think that this is the first African-American president, and we’ve never had a white president been told by the opposing party to shut up in the middle of a major address to Congress. We’ve never had a president heckled so disrespectfully. We’ve never had this otherness afforded to any other president.
And I think the rightwing is going to have some explaining to do, because to me, it seems patently obvious.”
“The term illegals, I think, is coded. It’s in a way derogatory, it may be factual, but I think he’s going to have to pivot off of that kind of rhetoric and then say to Hispanic Americans I will represent you too.”
“Jefferson Sessions—I said it right this time. I didn’t say Jefferson Davis. He’s a Confederate Attorney General. And as John Lewis said so aptly the other day, [Jeff Sessions] can be nice and friendly, but we know what his policies have meant and what he’s been up to throughout his tenure, so I think we do have to be very concerned about that.”
“[U]nder our laws, that is not something that exists. The unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights.”
“That stuff is incredible. He [Obama] is their president, Joy [Reid]. I mean, it’s not even thinly veiled racism at this point.”
“Some of the right, even Scott Brown up in N.H. is talking about Islamic terrorism. They always throw in the world Islamic making an ethnic thing. He said I’m not going to let it become an ethnic thing. It’s the terrorism I’m against not Islam. Made that point strong.”
“…their callous indifference to the plight of children streaming across the border, fleeing horrific circumstances in their own country. Republicans are simply strangled by extremism.
There is no more establishment, or middle or moderate wing. You’ve got the Steve King wing of the Republican Party today, who raised the specter of impeachment this weekend.
These people are out of control. It’s stunning.”
“I think the real, fundamental problem that the Republicans have is, ‘How do we get meaner, how do we get nastier with immigrants, so that we can take a smaller group,’ now apparently led by Senator Cruz — I mean, maybe he’s gonna be the next Speaker of the House. Because it’s quite clear that Mr. Boehner has no control over this conference.
…So where are they moving today? They’re going to move to be meaner to immigrants in order to bring their conference together.”