This past week began with a horrifying massacre in a Buffalo, New York, supermarket that led to accusations some Republicans were enabling white nationalism. Then, on Tuesday, a big night in the midterm election primaries saw several key races decided, including controversial Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) being ousted. It ended with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) being denied Communion for her abortion rights. And amid all that, the John Durham case against Michael Sussmann was being played out in court. Here are the quotes of the week.
“The House GOP leadership has enabled white nationalism, white supremacy, and anti-semitism. History has taught us that what begins with words ends in far worse. @GOP leaders must renounce and reject these views and those who hold them.”
- Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) takes aim at Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and her history of promoting the Great Replacement theory.
"I believe anybody who echoes replacement theory is to blame, not for this particular crime — but it's for no purpose, no purpose except profit and/or political benefit. And it's wrong."
- President Joe Biden when asked if Fox News host Tucker Carlson "deserves some blame" for the Buffalo shooting.
"I share the fundamental belief that women and men are equal but also acknowledge that there are biological differences and circumstances in which these differences need to be recognized."
- Sen. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) apologizes after she was booed by graduates at the University of Wyoming for saying that male and female were the only sexes while delivering the school's commencement address.
"I have voted overwhelmingly for Democrats historically, overwhelmingly. Like, I'm not sure — I might never have voted for a Republican, just to be clear. Now, this election, I will"
- Elon Musk during a virtual appearance on an episode of the All-In podcast Monday. He said Twitter’s left-wing bias is part of the reason he’s making a switch.
"This hearing and our oversight work has a simple idea at its core: Unidentified aerial phenomena are a potential national security threat, and they need to be treated that way."
- Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN), chairman of the Subcommittee on Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence, and Counterproliferation, during the historic first congressional hearing on UFOs in over 50 years.
"Now, this sounds really bizarre, but I could smell that he was freshly laundered. He wasn't wearing cologne, but it was almost like he had stepped out of some special preparatory bath or something into the moment."
- Fiona Hill, onetime adviser on Russia to former President Donald Trump, recalls a "bizarre" dinner she had with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Nina Jankowicz has been subjected to unjustified and vile personal attacks and physical threats.”
- A Homeland Security spokesperson tells the Washington Post that DHS’s controversial disinformation board is being shelved for now.
“Congratulations to @ChuckEdwards4NC on securing the nomination tonight. It’s time for the NC-11 GOP to rally behind the Republican ticket to defeat the Democrats’ nominee this November.”
- Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) concedes after losing his primary to North Carolina state Sen. Chuck Edwards following a scandal-plagued freshman term in office.
“The thinly veiled racism here is profoundly disappointing. A black man is ideologically ill suited to represent a Westchester County District that he represents presently and won decisively in 2020? Outrageous.”
- Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-NY) raises the specter of race as New York’s redistricting leads to tensions boiling over between Democrats in the Empire State.
"The time for [genteel] politics as usual has come to an end. It's time for the rise of the new right, it's time for Dark MAGA to truly take command. We have an enemy to defeat, but we will never be able to defeat them until we defeat the cowardly and weak members of our own party. Their days are numbered. We are coming.”
- Cawthorn, a couple of days after his loss, seems to not be taking it well.
“I'm hopeful that she's the next president of the United States.”
- Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) says he wants Vice President Kamala Harris to be the next president and hasn’t even thought about 2024.
“After numerous attempts to speak with Speaker Pelosi to help her understand the grave evil she is perpetrating, the scandal she is causing, and the danger to her own soul she is risking, I have determined that she is not to be admitted to Holy Communion.”
- Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has been barred from receiving Holy Communion in the Archdiocese of San Francisco because of her stance on abortion rights.
"You are absolutely correct. That tweet is a Clinton campaign hoax for which their campaign lawyer is undergoing a criminal trial."
- Musk responds to a user who criticized and claimed to have reported the tweet, which peddled unsubstantiated claims that former President Donald Trump had a secret server for covert communications with Russia