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“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.

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