“He’s now president for life, president for life. And he’s great. And look, he was able to do that. I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll have to give that a shot someday.”
— DONALD TRUMP praising Chinese President Xi Jinping after the ruling Communist party eliminated term limits so he could serve indefinitely as a virtual dictator.
“I think there’s a bunch of guys waiting for this to be over. It’s never going to be over.”
— NINA SHAW, a founding member of the Time’s Up campaign, speaking on a panel at SXSW.
“I think I’m better-looking than (Conor Lamb). I do. I do. I do. And he’s slightly younger than me. He’s OK. He’s all right. … Personally, I like Rick Saccone. I think he’s handsome.”
— DONALD TRUMP delivering a rambling speech on behalf of Rick Saccone, who ended up losing a special congressional election in a Pennsylvania district that Trump won by 20 points over Hillary Clinton in 2016.
“I really have no opinion on that one.” — U.S. Rep.-elect CONOR LAMB responding to Donald Trump’s assertion that he’s the better looking of the two.
“Maybe they’re not even Russians. Maybe they’re Ukrainians, Tatars, Jews, just with Russian citizenship. Even that needs to be checked. Maybe they have dual citizenship. Or maybe a green card. Maybe it was the Americans who paid them for this work. How do you know? I don’t know.”
— VLADIMIR PUTIN suggesting to NBC News’ Megyn Kelly that Jews and other Russian minorities could be responsible for his country’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
“In the end, we’re a blue state and, at best, we made it purple.”
— SCOTT WALKER, in an interview with The Associated Press, walking back his boasts of turning Wisconsin red.
“We are last in the nation in startups — 50th. You can’t get any worse.”
— Democratic gubernatorial candidate and state Sen. DANA WACHS speaking on The Devil’s Advocates radio show in Madison. PolitiFact rated the statement true.
“Fox has degenerated from providing a legitimate and much-needed outlet for conservative voices to a mere propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous administration . ... Today, I feel that Fox News is assaulting our constitutional order and the rule of law, while fostering corrosive and unjustified paranoia among viewers. Over my decade with Fox, I long was proud of the association. Now I am ashamed.”
— LT. COL. RALPH PETERS in a statement announcing his resignation from Fox News.
“An American president does not lead the Free World by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections. And by doing so with Vladimir Putin, President Trump insulted every Russian citizen who was denied the right to vote in a free and fair election to determine their country’s future, including the countless Russian patriots who have risked so much to protest and resist Putin’s regime.”
— U.S. SEN. JOHN McCAIN on Donald Trump’s congratulatory phone call to Putin for winning a fourth term as president.