Notably Quotable: “It’s an absolute certainty that Americans will hide…”

“It’s an absolute certainty that Americans will hide their sniffles, drown their symptoms in over-the-counter drugs, and try to “tough it out” because they can’t afford health care. Besides, they have no paid sick leave, no paid child care, and no guarantee that missing a day’s work won’t mean being cast to the curb. All that “socialist” crap.”

“It’s complete chaos. Everyone is just trying to get a handle on what the [expletive] is going on.”

— Senior Trump administration official, Top Trump aides admit White House is botching the coronavirus response


“Part of what fascist politics does is get people to disassociate from reality. You get them to sign on to this fantasy version of reality, usually a nationalist narrative about the decline of the country and the need for a strong leader to return it to greatness, and from then on their anchor isn’t the world around them — it’s the leader.”

— Jason Stanley, How fascism works


“Never thought part of my job would be pleading with a national news network to stop likening the campaign of a Jewish presidential candidate whose family was wiped out by the Nazis to the Third Reich. But here we are.”

— Jim Naureckas, The Media Doesn’t Know How to Process the Fact That Bernie Sanders Is Winning


“He’s the only guy in the world who’s less prepared than I am. Rudy goes on TV and doesn’t know what the fuck he’s talking about.”

— Donald Trump describing personal attorney and errand minion Rudy Giuliani, “A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump’s Testing Of America (p. 363)


“Trump visits Taj Mahal – the one he didn’t bankrupt”

— MSNBC headline.


“Trump’s pose as an anti-establishment populist was one of the biggest cons in American political history. Since elected he’s given the denizens of C-suites and the Street everything they’ve wanted and hasn’t markedly improved the lives of his working-class supporters, even if his politically-incorrect, damn-the-torpedo’s politics continues to make them feel as if he’s taking on the system.”

— Robert Reich, It’s Not Bernie But the So-Called “Moderates” That the Democratic Establishment Should Be Freaking Out About

“I prefer peace. But if trouble must come, let it come in my time, so that my children can live in peace.”

— Thomas Paine