Say What? Archive
What a long, strange strip it's been
Welcome to the Doonesbury Say What? Archive
August 24, 2017
"Honestly, these are really, really dishonest people. And they are bad people. And I really think they don't like our country. I really believe that."
-- Trump on the news media, at Phoenix rally
"We are one people with one home and one great flag. We are not defined by the color of our skin, the figure on our paycheck, or the party of our politics. We are defined by our shared humanity, by our citizenship and this magnificent nation, and by the love that fills our hearts."
-- Trump, the following night
August 23, 2017
"The only thing giving a platform to these hate groups is the media itself and the fake news. I really don't think they like our country. I really believe that... By the way, they are trying to take away our history and our heritage."
"Downright scary and disturbing. I really question his ability to be -- his fitness to be -- in this office, and I also am beginning to wonder about his motivation for it."
-- former director of national intelligence James Clapper
August 22, 2017
"All my life I've heard that decisions are much different when you sit behind the desk in the Oval Office -- in other words, when you're president of the United States."
August 21, 2017
"The celebratory nature of the eclipse brings to my mind the Babylonian King Belshazzar who threw a drunken feast the night the Medes and Persians crept under the city gate. While Belshazzar and his friends partied, they were oblivious to the impending danger. Belshazzar wound up dead the next day, and the Babylonian empire was destroyed."
evangelist Anne Graham Lotz, daught of Billy Graham
August 20, 2017
"Sometimes protest is needed in order to heel, and heel we will!"
from Trump tweet
August 19, 2017
"If there's any confusion out there, let me clear it up: I'm leaving the White House and going to war for Trump against his opponents -- on Capitol Hill, in the media, and in corporate America...I feel jacked up. Now I'm free. I've got my hands back on my weapons. Someone said, 'It's Bannon the Barbarian.' I am definitely going to crush the opposition."
-- Steve Bannon
"Winter is here."
-- Bannon associate
August 18, 2017
"A great day for David Duke and racists everywhere. The president of the United States all but declared that he has their backs."
-- The Washington Post editorial board on Trump Charlottesville remarks
"Nothing makes us more proud at the KKK than we see white patriots such as James Fields Jr., age 20, taking his car and running over nine communist anti-fascists, killing...Heather Heyer...It's men like [Fields] that have made the great white race strong, and we'll be strong again."
-- phone message of KKK Loyal White Knights
"Caused racists to rejoice, minorities to weep, and the vast heart of America to mourn...Our allies around the world are stunned and our enemies celebrate....This is a defining moment."
-- Mitt Romney, calling on Trump to apologize
August 17, 2017
"You cannot be against General Lee and be for General Washington, there is literally no difference between the two men."
-- from email forwarded by Trump attorney John Dowd
"Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments...Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson -- who's next, Washington? Jefferson? So foolish!"
August 16, 2017
"You can call it terrorism. You can call it murder. You can call it whatever you want. I would just call it as the fastest one to come up with a good verdict. That's what I call it. Because there is a question. Is it murder? Is it terrorism? Then you get into legal semantics....You have people who are very fine people on both sides."
-- Trump on Charlottesville
"Of course it was terrorism."
-- National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster
August 15, 2017
"It's amazing to see how the media is able to bully the president of the United States into going along with their FAKE NEWS NARRATIVE... President Trump, please, for God's sake, don't feel like you need to say these things. It's not going to do you any good."
-- former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, after Trump called racism evil and criticized the KKK, Neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups
"Made additional remarks on Charlottesville and realize once again that the Fake News Media will never be satisfied...truly bad people."