“You know, am I mad at God? Yeah I’m mad at him. I wish I had more protection. I wish this stuff didn’t happen.”
— BILL O’REILLY, speaking on his web series, No Spin News, blaming God for not protecting him from his predatory behavior toward women.
“Nobody else was involved. Only three people made a backroom deal. Maybe the budget would’ve failed if we’d known some of those aspects were going to be vetoed, but we never had the chance to know. … You don’t hold somebody hostage for your own personal needs.”
— Assembly Speaker ROBIN VOS, R-Rochester, expressing anger to WISN about being tricked into signing off on the biennial budget without knowing that three hard-right Republican senators — Sens. Chris Kapenga of Delafield, Steve Nass of Whitewater and Duey Stroebel of Saukville — had struck a deal with Gov. Scott Walker to veto items important to him. He also called his betrayers “terrorists,” but later apologized for using that word.
“One aspect of the conflict, by the way, that I will never, ever countenance is that we drafted the lowest income level of America, and the highest income level found a doctor that would say they had a bone spur. That is wrong. That is wrong. If we are going to ask every American to serve, every American should serve.”
— Arizona Sen. JOHN MCCAIN in an interview with C-SPAN about the Vietnam War. Donald Trump received five deferments during the Vietnam War, including one for bone spurs.
“Let me guess: you just had $32 million lying around and decided to give it to a nice lady you totally didn’t sexually assault.”
— JOY REID of MSNBC commenting on the revelation that Fox News paid $32 million to settle a sexual assault suit against Bill O’Reilly, who maintains his innocence. After the settlement, Fox News renewed O’Reilly’s contract for $25 million annually.
“We’ve never been friends. We’ve been colleagues and in some ways it’s a very healthy place to be because then you have a clear line between your professional life and relationship and your personal.”
— KIM CATTRALL, dishing the dirt about her relationship with fellow Sex in the City castmates in an interview with Piers Morgan’s Life Stories. Her refusal to participate forced the cancellation of a third movie based on the popular HBO series.
“Trump Signs New Travel Ban Preventing Republican Senators From Fleeing”
— The headline of a satirical column by The New Yorker’s Andy Borowitz.
“I’ve heard that she’s received substantial death threats and I think she is doing everything she can to ratchet down and let some of us, including me, take over.”
— U.S. Rep. ALCEE HASTINGS telling Roll Call news why fellow U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., missed 19 votes in three days. The death threats followed her public criticism of Donald Trump over his condolence call to the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, who was slain during an ambush in Niger.