Quips, quotes, and highlights from podcasts across America 

The Week of June 19, 2021


“The vice president hasn’t called. The only person I’ve talked to are some folks in the Department of Homeland Security. And that was a long time ago. They have a game of pretend going on. They just have this attitude that the Texas border with Mexico does not exist.”
— Governor Greg Abbott (R-TX), Ruthless podcast, on Vice President Harris’s performance as border czar.

“When I first was an assemblyman, they wanted to build a congregate living place for r******* children—the whole neighborhood was against it. These are harmless kids! They just needed some help. We got it done.”
— Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), One NYCHA podcast, using a slur against developmentally disabled children while speaking on housing.

“I don’t understand it. He didn’t do anything wrong. He’s been a Republican all his life. He’s tough on taxes. He’s tough on big government. He’s the classic conservative.”
— Chris Matthews, Utah Politics podcast, on GOP backlash against Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT).

“A lot of people thought that the prudent thing for Justice Ginsburg to do to ensure her legacy would have been to retire. [Breyer] could retire, and we believe he should retire now and make way for the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court.”
— Christopher Kang, co-founder of the progressive group Demand Justice, Politics Weekly Extra podcast, on liberals pushing for Justice Stephen Breyer to retire from the Supreme Court.

“There is a frustration among Democrats that they can’t get through much of any of their agenda because of the filibuster. But today, they’re celebrating the use of minority rights to block a legislative agenda item that they don’t support.”
–NPR Congressional Correspondent Susan Davis, NPR Politics podcast, on Senate Democrats inviting Texas state legislators who used minority tactics to block GOP bills.

“Defunding the police is not the answer. I do not support defunding the police. We need to get serious about addressing mental health.”
–Rep. Val Demings (D-FL), Pod Save America, on police reform.