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“They condemn law breakers while breaking the law.“
— Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) noted the contradiction of President Trump giving his Republican convention speech on the White House lawn last night.
“But so I think, I think it would be, I think it would be very, very, I think we’d have a very, very solid, we would continue what we’re doing, we’d solidify what we’ve done, and we have other things on our plate we want to get done.”
— President Trump, in an interview with the New York Times, when asked about his second term agenda if re-elected.
“It’s a sign that the rhetoric doesn’t remotely match the record.”
— John Avlon notes that President Trump will have put three times as many African Americans on stage at the Republican National Convention as he has appointed to his West Wing, Cabinet and US Attorney’s offices … combined.
“The more chaos and anarchy and vandalism and violence reigns, the better it is for the very clear choice on who’s best on public safety and law and order.”
— Kellyanne Conway, making the case on Fox News that the killings of peaceful protesters will benefit President Trump politically.
“I don’t think there should be any debates … I wouldn’t legitimize a conversation with him, nor a debate in terms of the presidency of the United States.”
— Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Politico that she doesn’t think Joe Biden should agree to debate President Trump.
“QAnon is batshit crazy.”
— Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), quoted by Axios, adding that he believes the conspiracy theory is “very much a threat.
“The GOP stands for Grand Old Party, but there is no past on display at the 2020 Republican National Convention: No previous Republican presidents, or previous Republican presidential nominees, are speaking. History, for this Republican Party, began on June 15, 2015, when Donald J. Trump descended a golden escalator. That suits both sides just fine. The Bush family, and the Republicans who admire them, view Trump and his followers with horror. In turn, Trump and his allies look upon the Bush wing of the party with contempt.”
If you rearrange the letters in “Republican National Convention” it also spells “Con Vulnerable Nation Into Panic.”
“Welcome to a parallel universe.”
— The Los Angeles Times‘ succinct description of the first night of the GOP convention.
“I’m here to tell you he can’t be trusted — and you shouldn’t believe a word he utters. So, when you watch the President this week, remember this: If he says something is huge, it’s probably small. If he says something will work, it probably won’t. And if he says he cares about you and your family, he certainly does not.”
— Michael Cohen will appear in a series of ads for the Democratic group American Bridge in the coming days, telling voters that Trump “can’t be trusted” and that they “shouldn’t believe a word he utters” during the Republican National Convention this week, CNN reports.