- Views & Opinions
“I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.” — Former House Speaker JOHN BOEHNER sharing his feelings about GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz in a talk hosted by Stanford University. Boehner referred to Cruz as “Lucifer in the flesh.”
“Nothing is more stunning than having the words ‘serial child molester’ and ‘speaker of the House’ in the same sentence.”
— JUDGE THOMAS DURKIN in sentencing former House Speaker Dennis Hastert to 15 months in federal prison for paying hush money to a man he allegedly abused. Prosecutors allege Hastert molested at least four boys during his time as a wrestling coach in west suburban Chicago.
“We’re just thrilled that Andrew Jackson has had a removal of his own. The constant reminder of Andrew Jackson being glorified is sad and sickening to our people.”
— Country singer/songwriter BECKY HOBBS commenting on the U.S. Treasury’s decision to replace Jackson, who owned slaves and displaced Native Americans from their land, with African-American abolitionist Harriet Tubman on the face of the $20 bill.
“Prince was very proudly black and a lot of the music that he played — you’ve got to remember the rock ‘n’ roll that some people said that was the ‘white’ side — no, rock ‘n’ roll was black music. Funk is black music. Ballads is black music. Prince was playing music that was true to his soul and true to his core.”
— STEPHEN HILL, president of programing for Black Entertainment Television, talking about Prince’s legacy as an African-American entertainer.
“I’ve never seen such a combo of simplistic slogans and contradictions and misstatements in one speech.”
— Former Secretary of State MADELINE ALBRIGHT assessing Donald Trump’s foreign policy vision, which he laid out in a speech in Washington.
“If Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get 5 percent of the vote. The only thing she’s got going is the woman’s card and the beautiful thing is, women don’t like her.”
— DONALD TRUMP in a speech following his five-state win April 26.
“The other day, Mr. Trump accused me of playing the woman card. Well, if fighting for women’s health care and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the woman card, then deal me in.”
— HILLARY CLINTON responding to Donald Trump’s critique of her on the campaign trail.
“This seems to be a solution in search of a problem.”
— Fox News host CHRIS WALLACE sharing his assessment of North Carolina’s so-called “bathroom bill,” which essentially prevents transgender people from using public restrooms.