“Look, I think for Gov. Walker, this is the first time he’ll be running for governor with the political climate and the political winds in the face of the Republicans. He’s running uphill, and he’s trying to run for a third term. I don’t care how popular you are: getting a third term in any office anymore, in this day and age where we want change, where we burn out on people after five or six years, let alone eight. I think that’s just an extra hurdle that it doesn’t matter what his approval rating is, that’s going to be tough for some voters.”
— CHUCK TODD, moderator of NBC’s Meet the Press, commenting to a national audience about Walker’s re-election prospects.
“It’s just cowardice. A real leader would have been in Washington, D.C., this weekend, not at his penthouse at Mar-a-Lago. He would have had the decency to meet with a group, to see what’s going on, and how important it is, and how important our children should be to us. So for all those politicians involved, it’s just a dereliction of duty.”
— NBA coach GREGG POPOVICH talking with CBS Sports about Donald Trump’s avoidance of the March for Our Lives.
“I think that’s a testimony to what happens when young people are given opportunities, and I think all institutions have to think about how do we tap into that creativity and that energy and that drive. It’s just so often we say: ‘Wait your turn.’ A lot of our problems are caused by old men. No offense, men who are old.”
— Former President BARACK OBAMA praising the March for Our Lives movement. His remarks, made in Tokyo, were shared by ABC News. “How about kids, instead of looking to someone else to solve their problem, do something about maybe taking CPR classes or trying to deal with situations where there is a violent shooter.”
— Former Pennsylvania Senator and frequent presidential candidate RICK SANTORUM chiding kids who participated in the March for Our Lives. The Christian-right politician made the remark on CNN’s State of the Union. In trying to walk back the comment days later, he said he misspoke, and added that we should focus on “the positive things that have come out of these mass shootings.”
“I was sad, but not surprised, to see that such unhinged public attacks on me would continue into my life after my service to the FBI. President Trump’s cruelty reminded me of the days immediately following the firing of James B. Comey . ... The president’s comments about me were equally hurtful and false.”
— Former FBI deputy director ANDREW McCABE in a column for The Washington Post printed days after Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired him, apparently to appease Donald Trump. His dismissal came hours before he was set to retire with a lifetime pension.
“Stand and Fight for our Kids’ Safety by Joining NRA. Today’s protests aren’t spontaneous. Gun-hating billionaires and Hollywood elites are manipulating and exploiting children as part of their plan to DESTROY the Second Amendment and strip us of our right to defend ourselves and our loved ones.”
— The NRA in a membership-drive video posted to Facebook March 24, the day young people held marches against gun violence in 800 cities worldwide.