“I gotta say, watching the Schumer-Pelosi response was one of the most frightening things I’ve seen. You want to talk about a visual? I am pretty convinced that was an actual hostage video.”
— Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), quoted by The Hill.
“I don’t even know if the president wants the wall. I think he just wants a debate on the wall. And he’s having some difficulty with it.”
— Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), asserting that President Trump’s border wall push has nothing to do with border security, but is instead designed to energize his conservative base and distract the country from the various scandals dogging his administration, The Hill reports.
“President Trump’s televised Oval Office address on immigration Tuesday drew a big audience. The response from Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer drew a slightly bigger audience, at least according to preliminary figures,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. “The quarter hour (9-9:15 p.m. ET) containing the president’s speech drew a combined 28.1 household rating in metered markets on ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, CNN, Fox News and NBC. The following 15 minutes, including analysis and the Pelosi-Schumer rebuttal, averaged 29.3 across those same networks, a bump of about 4 percent.”
“Why does everyone want to impeach me, Nancy?”
— President Trump, quoted by CBS News, to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) at a White House meeting on the government shutdown.
“I wouldn’t use that language. I don’t — again establish any language standard for my colleagues but I don’t think it’s anything worse than what the president has said.”
— Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), quoted by NBC News, on a viral video of Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) saying “we’re going to impeach the motherf**ker.”
Reporter: Is there any situation in which you would accept even a dollar of wall funding for this president in order to reopen the government?
Speaker Pelosi: A dollar.