▪ “Punk-ass, little thuggery.” — Sarah Palin describing protesters who disrupt Donald Trump’s rallies.
Palin, who has endorsed Trump, said the protesters are “doing nothing but wasting your time and trying to take away your First Amendment rights.”
▪ “We’re only looking at four years...” — Ben Carson explaining his support for Trump.
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Hardly a ringing endorsement. Carson was saying that Trump was still the way to go because the country is on the brink of seeing “the loss of the American dream forever.”
▪ “I'm resigning from the House of Representatives effective midnight tonight.” — Kansas state Rep. John Rubin, a Shawnee Republican, after he was stripped Tuesday of the chairmanship of the House Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee.
Rubin was attempting to restore horse and dog racing to the state. Rubin was a champion of transparency and was working on a major reform of juvenile justice. House Speaker Ray Merrick said he took the action after “there was an attempt to manipulate the House rules.” Rubin said later he would not resign after all.
▪ “How often is that going to continue to be the playbook?” — Missouri state Sen. Jason Holsman, a Kansas City Democrat, signaling that Democrats remained miffed at Republicans for killing a filibuster last week over a gay marriage measure.
Holsman said he was frustrated because Republicans refused to compromise and basically ramrodded the bill through the chamber. That’s not, he said, how the Senate is supposed to operate.