Say What? Archive
What a long, strange strip it's been
Welcome to the Doonesbury Say What? Archive
December 25, 2016"[The CIA. FBI and the Director of National Intelligence have reached a] strong concensus among us on the scope, nature, and intent of Russian interference in our presidential election."-- CIA Director John Brennan memo"Where is the evidence? [They should turn] over evidence to we, the American people."-- Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway"They should stand in front of a camera and make the case."-- RNC chair Reince Priebus"[Intelligence agencies] are talking to the media. That undermines our national security, our intelligence operations."-- Kellyanne Conway"
December 24, 2016"Let it be an arms race. We will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all."-- Trump to MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski"There is not going to be [an arms race]."-- incoming Trump press secretary Sean Spicer"We have in incoming president who has the kind of maturity of a five-year-old, wrapped in a massive ego. And to have that just a second away from a nuclear trigger is very, very scary."-- Sen. Jeff Merkley"Nobody believed he would win except for us."-- Vladimir Putin"
December 23, 2016"Drain the swamp!"-- Donald Trump, pre-election"Funny how that term caught on, isn't it? Somebody said, 'Drain the swamp,' I said 'Oh, that's so hokey. That is so terrible.'"-- Trump, post-election"If you had to put [Trump's promises] in a chronological order, drain the swamp is probably somewhere down at the bottom."-- Corey Lewandowski, Wednesday"He now says it was cute, but he doesn't want to use it anymore."-- Newt Gingrich, Wednesday"Someone incorrectly stated that the phrase 'DRAIN THE SWAMP' was no longer being used by me."-- Trump, Thursday"He intends to drain the swamp."-- Gingrich, Thursday"
December 22, 2016"The Electoral College is a disaster for democracy."-- Trump, before election"The Electoral College is actually genius."-- Trump, after election"
December 21, 2016"It's largely a rigged system."-- Trump, before election"You've been hearing me say it's a rigged system, but now I don't say it any more, because I won. Now I don't care."-- Trump, after election"
December 20, 2016"Funny how that term caught on, isn't it? I told everyone I hated it. Somebody said 'Drain the swamp,' I said 'Oh that's so hokey. That is so terrible.' I said 'All right I'll try it.' So a month ago I said 'Drain the swamp' -- place went crazy...Then I started saying it like I meant it... I started loving it."
– Trump at "thank you" rally
December 19, 2016"You people were vicious, violent, screaming 'Where's the wall? We want the wall!' Screaming 'Prison! Prison! Lock her up!' I mean you were going crazy...You were nasty and mean...But now, you're mellow and you're cool and you're not nearly as vicious or violent, right?...Now you're sort of laying back...You're basking in the glory of victory."-- Trump at "thank you" rally in Orlando"Lock her up! Lock her up!"-- crowd, in response"Oh, that's so terrible."-- Trump"
December 18, 2016"Why did they only complain after Hillary lost?"-- Donald Trump on Russian hacking"The Obama administration officially accused Russia of attempting to interfere in the 2016 election, including by hacking the computers of the Democratic National Committee and other political organizations."-- Washington Post, October 7, 2016"I guess Putin is going to have to do it."-- radio host and Fox analyst Monica Crowley, in June, upon hearing the State Dept. would not be releasing Clinton emails for another 27 months; she has been chosen for a position on the National Security Council"
December 17, 2016"One of the biggest Electoral College victories in history."
– Trump transition team, on a victory margin that actually ranks 46th among the 58 presidential elections in Electoral terms, and 56th based on the popular vote
December 16, 2016"President-elect Donald Trump issued a single tweet blasting defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. at 8:30 a.m. on Monday. By lunchtime, he had wiped $4 billion off the company's market value."-- from Politico story"Everyone now has to keep their Twitter feed right next to their Bloomberg terminal."-- Jack Ablin, CIO at BMP Private Bank"