This Week In Quotes

by John Hawkins | March 18, 2016 3:38 am

The most obvious explanations for the rise of Donald Trump is that nobody fought him. Nobody responded to him in kind. When Donald Trump made fun of Jeb Bush’s wife, Jeb Bush should have said how much he’d enjoy caving in the face of a degenerate casino owner. When Donald Trump said Rand Paul didn’t belong on the stage, Paul should have replied that Trump was a disloyal interloper who would leave his followers hanging just as he left Atlantic City in shambles. When Trump hogged all the free media, the Republican donor class should have bought media and re-defined Trump.

But nobody in the GOP did it. The leadership of the party broke apart like balsa-wood and plate-glass, the collapsing set of an action movie. Trump looks like a hero smashing through a corrupt establishment. What else could the establishment be, but corrupt, if it never bothered to defend its right to rule? — Michael Brendan Dougherty[1]

The idea that a man so proud of the serial abandonment of his wedding vows, his creditors, his customers’ interests, and his past political personas will suddenly find the integrity and strength of will to deliver on campaign promises is not just impossible to believe, it is the kind of fantasy that discredits the person who entertains it. — Michael Brendan Dougherty[2] Arguing with some ardent Trump supporters (I’ve argued with some perfectly rational ones, I should note) can be exhausting simply because they don’t really care about the things we normally care about when measuring a politician’s merits. Consistency is no concern. Temperament is for lesser mortals. Good character is for chumps. Intellectual rigor — or even coherence — is the fixation of “the smart set” that allegedly got us into this mess. Trump is a blind, crazed, bull in a China shop smashing and stomping everything to bits, and his fans stand on the side and salute his genius and care. — Jonah Goldberg[3]

If you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, no one would convict you. — Lindsey Graham[4]

Feminism is always a lecture, never a debate. — Stacy McCain[5]

I am not a token, mammy, or little brown bobble head. I am not owned by Lack, Griffin, or MSNBC. — Melissa Harris Perry[6]

The GOP establishment has an almost-religious attachment to open immigration. It appears to be their only firm principle. — Glenn Reynolds[7]

I saw you repeat yourself five times four seconds ago. (Trump) says five things, everyone’s dumb, he’s going to make America great again; win, win, win; he’s winning in the polls; and the lines around the states. Every night, same thing. — Marco Rubio[8]

Trump has never been told “no.” Ever. This is why he says anything and believes he can get away with it. And he’ll be the same as president. He will defend anyone who pledges loyalty to him; he’ll target anyone who doesn’t. His only animating force is his own self-glorification. He shifts based on the moment, and he never apologizes for his reversals. — Ben Shapiro[9]

Will a Supreme Court without a single Protestant justice rule that an “under-representation” of any group is evidence of discrimination? — Thomas Sowell[10]

What are the chances that the world’s greatest violinist would make a good quarterback? Or that the world’s greatest quarterback would make a good violinist? Why then would anyone think that a successful businessman would make a good president — especially when he is demonstrating almost daily why he would not? — Thomas Sowell[10]

Some countries in Europe have sealed their borders against refugees from the Middle East, as the Soviet Union once sealed its borders against people getting in or getting out. But somehow it is said by some to be impossible to seal our border with Mexico. — especially when he is demonstrating almost daily why he would not? — Thomas Sowell[11]

A lot of people who are backing Trump seem to know on some level that he’s full of it. But they don’t care that he’s an SOB, because they think he’s their SOB. They’re on the verge of accepting a worldview in which there is nothing but a raw scramble for power by strongmen whom we support because they’re on our side, not because of their principles or character. — Robert Tracinski[12]

“I think Islam hates us.” — Donald Trump[13]

Of course, they’re not really traumatized or upset – they’re just upset that someone disagrees with them. In my view, anybody who asks for a trigger warning or a safe space should be immediately expelled. — Milo Yiannopoulos[14]

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