▪ “The guy is Hitler. And by that I mean that we are being Germany in the 30s. Hitler was just some hilarious and refreshing dude with a weird comb over who would say anything at all.” — comedian Louis C.K. on Donald Trump.
The funny man commented on Trump in an email to his fans. He pushed centrism and insisted that Trump was not a real conservative. “Really I don’t mean to insult anyone,” Louis C.K. wrote. “Except Trump. I mean to insult him very much.”
▪ “We’ve got this Enquirer magazine mentality. We are subject to this reality TV voyeurism that is taking place. Fast-food headlines, no substance, all flash.” — Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert bemoaning the political culture that’s given rise to Trump.
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Herbert’s word of caution: “We’ve got to wake up, America.”
▪ “Rules regarding decorum will be strictly enforced from this day forward.” — Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard.
Richard of Joplin has grown frustrated with a breakdown in adherence to Senate rules and put his foot down the other day. That includes, he said, a ban on personal attacks.
▪ “Missouri has been almost like a test state for abortion restrictions. These regulations are not about protecting patient health and safety. They are designed to close abortion clinics.” — Pamela Merritt of St. Louis, co-director of the abortion rights group Reproaction.
Texas abortion laws that also are in place in Missouri are under review at the U.S. Supreme Court. One of those rules: Since 2005, Missouri has required that doctors performing abortions have privileges at a nearby hospital. Needless to say, abortion-rights advocates like Merritt are watching closely.