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“That is the dumbest shit I have heard in a long time. This is a day-by-day crisis. Italy damn near saw 1,000 people die in one day, and there are people proclaiming we got this and have it solved in 15 days?”
— Florida state Sen. Oscar Brayon (D). “While New York, California and other states shutter their economies to keep the coronavirus at bay, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is refusing to follow the herd,” Politico reports.“His cure-can’t-be-worse-than-the-disease approach has put the Republican governor under a glaring spotlight locally and nationally as cases of the virus in Florida surge past 1,400.”
“If you’re healthy, you and your family, it’s a great time to go out and go to a local restaurant, likely you can get in easy. Let’s not hurt the working people in this country … go to your local pub.”
— Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), on Fox News, telling people to ignore the advice of public health experts.
“When I go to meet God at the pearly gates I don’t think he’s going to ask me, ‘Why didn’t you convict Trump?’ I may be wrong, but I don’t think that’s gonna be at the top of the list.”
— Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), in an interview with Fox News.
“It’s Trumpian. It’s authoritarian.”
— Hillary Clinton told The Atlantic that she’s horrified and alarmed by what she views as Mark Zuckerberg’s unwillingness to battle the spread of disinformation and propaganda on Facebook.
“There is no doubt that there were a series of imminent attacks that were being plotted by Qassem Soleimani. We don’t know precisely when, and we don’t know precisely where, but it was real.”
— Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he didn’t know of any specific targets for planned attacks that justified President Trump’s decision to kill Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani, CBS News reports.
“I think it’s never a good practice for us to ask a foreign country to investigate an American. It’s just not a good practice. Having said that, there’s no insistence on that call. There are no demands on that call. It is a conversation between two Presidents that’s casual in nature.”
— Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, in an interview on the Today Show.
“There is a process to become states for the United States. Clearly 30 million Mexican illegal immigrants want to be United States citizens, probably half the country wants to be United States citizens.”
— Daniel McCarthy (R), who is challenging Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) in the Republican primary, suggesting the United States annex Mexico, RealClearPolitics reports. McCarthy also suggested that adding some “beachfront property” to U.S. territory might be nice.
“Let me just put this in context for the American people. Perhaps the most famous invasion in the history of the world — D-Day — 73,000 American troops landed in the D-Day invasion. We have 76,103, according to my numbers, apprehensions along our southern border last month. We have D-Day every month on our southern border.”
— Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA), quoted by ABC News.
“The idea that we force someone to give up their liberty for the sake of the collective is not based on American values but rather, Communist.”
— Arizona state Rep. Kelly Townsend (R), quoted by the Arizona Republic, arguing against mandatory vaccinations. She signed her Facebook post “live free or die.”
“Unfortunately you haven’t been taught about photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is where plants take carbon dioxide to produce oxygen. That’s a problem in today’s world. We haven’t taught kids exactly what’s going on in America and in science.”
— Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), offering an interesting explanation for why he thinks climate change isn’t real, Axios reports.