Upright: “There’s only one thing worse than trying to criminalize political differences and that’s trying to psychiatrize them. These psychiatrists … are trying to diagnose without having even met [Trump]. That’s what they did in Russia. I represented dissidents who they locked up in mental hospitals.That’s what they did in China. That’s what they did in apartheid South Africa. How dare liberals, people on the Left, try to undo democracy by accusing a president of being mentally ill without any basis.” —Alan Dershowitz
Foes, you’ve been warned: “I don’t have concerns. I create them.” —James Mattis
Elitist Bubble update: “I had friends that went to Paris over the holiday. … And they said they were just viscerally embarrassed to be Americans. They said it was the first time that it was sort of chilling. They didn’t even want to share where they were from.” —MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski
Delusions of grandeur? “It’s incredibly frustrating to think to yourself, ‘Wow, if this guy were not in the race, we’d win this thing.’ And I absolutely believe if Trump had not gotten into the race, I think we would have won.” —Chris Christie
Alpha Jackass: “The bigoted world view that Bannon pushed remains at the [White House]. White supremacists still have the ear of Trump and are shaping national policy through their hate-filled lenses. Yes, that means Stephen Miller, who must be removed.” —Nancy Pelosi
Non Compos Mentis: “My evidence is the book. Read the book. If it makes sense to you, if it strikes a cord, if it rings true, it is true.” —Michael Wolff when asked by MSNBS to produce evidence proving the disputed claims in his book are true
And last… “2016: Hillary’s health is totally off-limits despite evidence of a blood clot in her brain, ‘pneumonia,’ and tendency to crumple. 2018: Trump’s health is fair game because he says things we don’t like, and tweets a lot.” —Twitter satirist @hale_razor
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