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For the record: Donald Trump tweeted what?

“This was one of the most degrading and racially prejudiced things I’ve ever experienced in life and wouldn’t wish this on anyone. You have no right to profile someone because of their race and nationality.”

— JOHN HENSON, who plays basketball for the Milwaukee Bucks, writing on Instagram about an incident in which employees of Schwanke-Kasten Jewelers locked him out and called police when he attempted to enter the Whitefish Bay store. Henson is black.

“Ben Carson is now leading in the polls in Iowa. Too much Monsanto in the corn creates issues in the brain?”

— A tweet sent out by DONALD TRUMP after a poll revealed that Ben Carson is now leading him in the state by 28 percent to 20 percent. A backlash over the tweet prompted Trump to delete it and blame it on an unnamed intern. 

“There is no war on women. There may be a war on what’s inside of women, but there is no war on women in this country.”

— BEN CARSON speaking on the campaign trail.

“I think the reason that the organizers used the phrase ‘black lives matter’ was not because they were suggesting nobody else’s lives matter. What they were suggesting was there is a specific problem that is happening in the African-American community that’s not happening in other communities. And that is a legitimate issue that we’ve got to address.”

— PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA explaining, during a criminal justice panel discussion in late October, on why the phrase “black lives matter” is important.

“Hiding everything away is so painful, I mean you’re constantly lying and you’re constantly feeling like you’re being deceitful. I’m at that point where I’m ready to open up and let everyone see me for me, and I hope they accept it.”

—  Olympic ski star GUS KENWORTHY, who won a silver medal in Sochi and was part of an historic U.S. victory in the first Olympic ski slopestyle, coming out in a video on ESPN.

“Blah, blah, blah. That’s my answer: blah, blah, blah.”

— JEB BUSH’s response to a reporter asking whether his campaign’s cost-cutting  is a sign it’s in crisis.

“If Speaker Ryan can unify the Republican caucus, which has been hindered by a small contingent of obstructive tea party members that have essentially been the ‘tail that’s wagged the dog’ for the last 5 years in Congress, I think we can really do some work on behalf of the American people. That’s my hope for Ryan’s speakership and I look forward to him bringing some commonsense Wisconsin values to his new leadership position.”

— U.S. REP. MARK POCAN, D-Wis., in a statement congratulating Paul Ryan on his election as Speaker of the House.

“I want to say this to this country’s friends around the world: Many of you have worried that Canada has lost its compassionate and constructive voice in the world over the past 10 years. Well, I have a simple message for you on behalf of 35 million Canadians: We’re back.”

— Canada’s newly elected Prime Minister JUSTIN TRUDEAU, whose Liberal Party swept the nation’s Oct. 19 elections.

Who said what? | Oct. 8 issue

“(The) LGBT community … are like the gay white KKK’s. Get them some pink hoods and unicorns and let them rally down Rodeo Drive.”

— Rapper AZEALIA BANKS tweeting one of her latest homophobic remarks. Her lengthy anti-gay Twitter tirade began some weeks ago when she sent out a comment calling a flight attendant a “f**king faggot.”

“The only thing that separates women of color from anybody else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.”

— VIOLA DAVIS accepting her Emmy Award. She was the first black woman to win an Emmy for best drama series actress.

“Somebody once asked me, ‘What’s the difference between business and politics?’ And here’s the difference: Politics is a fact-free zone. People just say things.”

— CARLY FIORINA speaking at a town hall hosted by the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association. Fiorina has come under repeated attacks for spinning or contradicting the truth.

“Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping.”

— U.S. REP. KEVIN McCARTHY bragging to Fox News’ Sean Hannity about spinning the tragic attack on a U.S. embassy in Benghazi into a smear campaign against Hillary Clinton. “I give you credit for that,” Hannity responded. 

“I really want to believe that the kind, sweet person who was there when my mom passed away is still there. I was friends with Kim in the past, but I don’t know this woman I’ve been seeing.”

— DALLAS BLACK, a gay resident of Morehead, Kentucky, telling The Daily Beast that he and anti-gay Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis used to be close friends, but she’s changed over the years. 

“It probably would have been better for me if I didn’t come out, I would be on a roster. But, as I said, I have no regrets whatsoever.”

— MICHAEL SAM telling the Hollywood Reporter that coming out when he did probably hurt his career in professional football.

“We’ve constructed an idea of masculinity in the United States that doesn’t give young boys a way to feel secure in their masculinity, so we make them go prove it all the time.”

— Sociologist DR. MICHAEL KIMMEL speaking in a trailer for the masculinity documentary The Mask You Live In.

“When I look at cities around me that have a Planned Parenthood clinic … usually in those cities, as a guy, I could go to many clinics locally that have all the machines that one would need, all these clinics as far as I know take Medicaid dollars, so you could go to any of those clinics to get any medical service you could.”

— U.S. REP. GLENN GROTHMAN telling Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards that her organization’s clinics are unnecessary for him “as a guy.” Grothman shared his opinion during a House hearing.

For the record: Sarah Palin said what?

(Editor’s Note: It’s come to our attention that the Sarah Palin quote comes from a parody someone posted online as true, and we were fooled. Sorry for the error)

“There’s a connection between vaccinations and homosexuality. Anybody with eyes can see that. It doesn’t take a doctor to figure that out.”

— SARAH PALIN, former GOP vice presidential candidate and half-term governor of Alaska, speaking on the air with Glenn Beck.

“We don’t do that in front of each other. The Fartman has yet to fart in front of his wife. … We don’t go to the bathroom in front of each other, we don’t do that. Some things are left for private.”

— BETH STERN telling Huffington Post that neither she nor her husband Howard Stern has farted in front of the other during 15 years of marriage.

“I’ll just tell you one thing. After three elections for governor in four years in a state that hasn’t gone Republican since 1984 for president, I wouldn’t bet against me on anything.”

— GOV. SCOTT WALKER talking about the odds of his presidential campaign to Martha Raddatz, host of ABC’s This Week.

“My third-grade teacher called my mother and said, ‘Ms. Cox, your son is going to end up in New Orleans in a dress if we don’t get him into therapy.’ And wouldn’t you know, just last week I spoke at Tulane University, and I wore a lovely green and black dress.”

— LAVERNE COX, transgender star of Orange is the New Black, speaking at the University of Kentucky last fall.

“It would be more than ironic if (Brian) Williams is punished for Iraq falsehoods while Dick Cheney is not.”

— WILL BUNCH, a senior writer at the Philadelphia Daily News, blogging about NBC news anchor Williams’ falsification of being aboard a chopper that took enemy fire in Iraq. 

“Beck needs to respect artistry, and he should’ve given his award to Beyoncé. If the Grammys want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us. We ain’t fixing to play with them no more.”

— KANYE WEST ranting at reporters backstage at the Grammy Awards about Beyoncé’s loss for best album.

“Opposition to gay marriage was particularly strong in the black church, and as (Obama) ran for higher office, he grudgingly accepted the counsel of more pragmatic folks like me and modified his position to support civil unions. … (But Obama) never felt comfortable with his compromise.”

— DAVID AXELROD, Democratic political adviser, writing in his book Believer: My Forty Years in Politics.

“You get into this business with the idea that maybe you have a point of view or have something to express, and to receive feedback for that is the greatest thing you can ask for. And I thank you for that.”

— JON STEWART, host of the Daily Show on Comedy Central for 16 years, announcing he will be leaving the show in 2015.

For the record: who tweeted what?

“This is a deeper laceration in this country. If you think that this is going to blow over, this is going to be the longest hangover in race relations, ever.”

Singer/songwriter PHARRELL WILLIAMS commenting to CNN’s Don Lemon on the aftershocks of last month’s events in Ferguson, Missouri.

“If birth control pills fixed boners, you’d get them free with your driver’s license.” 

— Popular TWEET making the rounds on Twitter.

“Every American president in the past quarter century has now gone on television during prime time to tell the nation and the world that he has decided to bomb Iraq. Last night was Barack Obama’s turn, and it was a vexing performance.”

—PHILIP GOUREVITCH writing in The New Yorker about Obama’s televised announcement of his plans to send 475 service members to Iraq as part of an effort to destroy the barbarously militant Islamic group ISIL. 

“The question is, ‘Will the gays behave?’ Gays have been known to take their clothes off in the parade. They can’t keep their pants on sometimes when they march in the gay Pride parade.” 

— The Catholic League’s BILL DONAHUE commenting on the decision to allow LGBT people to march in New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 2015.

“It’s something we saw for the first time today, all of us. It changed things, of course. It made things a little bit different.”

— Baltimore Ravens coach JOHN HARBAUGH commenting on a video that shows running back Ray Rice striking his then-fiancée in February. Rice was cut by the team and suspended indefinitely by the NFL for domestic violence. Critics claim that NFL officials actually saw the video months ago but only gave Rice a slap on the wrist before the video went public.

“It’s going to be a hard struggle with the metastization of terrorists groups across Africa, North Africa particularly, into the Middle East … for us to figure out how best to deal with their threats in general and then in particular their special attention to turning the clock back for women and girls.”

— Former Secretary of State HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON urging the United Nations to develop a more robust strategy to combat the growing use of kidnappings of girls and women as a war tactic across the globe.

“How many of you guys, in your own experience with women, have learned that no means yes if you know how to spot it?”

— RUSH LIMBAUGH, in a segment on his radio program about Ohio State’s new definition of sexual consent, which explicitly states that students must voluntarily and knowingly agree to engage in sexual activity. Limbaugh lamented that the policy would “take all the romance out of everything.”

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So they said … Quotes in the news

“Hillary Clinton, whether you agree with her policies or not, whether you want to vote for her — she’s a quality person. She is also a great American, works as hard as anybody and is dedicated to this country. You can’t ask somebody to do more than she has done for her country. I thought his remarks just were outrageous.”

— Former New York Mayor MICHAEL BLOOMBERG responding on Face the Nation to Karl Rove’s suggestion that Hillary Clinton was brain-damaged as the result of a concussion suffered in 2012. Pundits on Fox News Sunday also blasted Rove for what Juan Williams described as a “personal attack.”

 “My loyalty was to the animal kingdom. I vowed to protect them and only them.”

— PAMELA ANDERSON speaking at the launch of her animal welfare federation. Anderson made the remark after recounting a childhood scarred with multiple incidents of sexual abuse that made it difficult for her to form trusting relationships with people. 

“Republican Senate candidates bought and paid for by billionaire special interests are hell-bent on pushing an agenda that’s good for the Koch Brothers but bad for middle-class families across the country.”

— GUY CECIL, executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in announcing the group’s most successful April fundraising effort ever.

“Ninety-nine percent of (mass shootings) have been by Democrats pulling their guns out and shooting people.”

—  Arizona congressional candidate GARY KIEHNE speaking at a Republican primary debate on May 17.

“I believe I did use the ‘N’ word in reference to the current occupant of the White House. “For this, I do not apologize — he meets and exceeds my criteria for such.”

— ROBERT COPELAND, police commissioner of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, acknowledging in an email to The Associated Press that he’d used a racial slur against President Obama — and was proud of it. Copeland resigned several days later.

“Your decision to reject the federal investment in our BadgerCare program put health coverage for thousands of Wisconsinites at risk, and I continue to be concerned that your plan — which covers fewer people at a higher cost to taxpayers — will result in people being uninsured.”

— U.S. SEN. TAMMY BALDWIN, D-Wis., in an open letter to Gov. Scott Walker.

“We are very honored and flattered for the (mayor’s) invitation. However, we prefer a more intimate celebration, which will be at our church.”

— STEVEN SEMINELLI politely declining Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter’s invitation to marry him and his partner Joe Parisi in city hall. Marriage equality came to Philadelphia on May 21. 

So they said… Quotes from the news

“Boycotting a movie made by 99 percent LGBT equality folks in an LGBT equality industry is a waste of our collective energy.”

— Out, Oscar-winning screenwriter DUSTIN LANCE BLACK, writing on his Facebook page in opposition to an LGBT boycott of the recently released feature film Enders Game. The movie is based on a popular Y/A book by homophobe Orson Scott Card. Black removed the Facebook post after he was deluged with criticism.

“I’m anti-gay. I know that’s not politically correct these days, but that’s the way I feel. I’m a Christian and in the eyes of God it’s an abomination.”

— BETTY SCOTT, an 80-year-old resident of Shannon, Miss., explaining why she lobbied to prevent a gay bar from opening in her town of 1,753. P.J. Newton, who applied for a license to open the establishment, was the subject of a 2006 documtary titled Small Town Gay Bar, about a previous bar she owned in the town.

“I just didn’t want to be a lesbian. I’d never met one for a start and I just thought they were strange and that they hated men and they were very serious and I had these ridiculous images in my head and there were no out celebrities or politicians or anybody that I could look to and go, ‘Oh, I could be like that.’  I just kind of thought I don’t want to live like this. I just shut down the emotional life.’’

— PORTIA De ROSSI on “The Conversation With Amanda De Cadene” talking about the struggle she had accepting her sexual orientation. She’s currently married to lesbian superstar Ellen DeGeneres.

“At #lax Some s-–tbag shot up the place.’’

— JAMES FRANCO tweeting from his plane, which was landing at LAX amid the recent shooting that occurred there. His tweet included a self-portrait of him an airplane window seat.

 “The Moscow authorities are becoming increasingly absurd, and the banning of the rally to denounce the crimes of Hitler and Nazism is more proof of this. The government is approving of Nazi Germany’s genocidal policies.”

— NIKOLAI ALEKSEEV, founder of Moscow Pride, condemning city  leaders for banning a demonstration denouncing Hitler’s persecution of gays.

“A homosexual who can’t rent a room or get a job because of his orientation doesn’t make any sense to anybody. Why some of the politicians are not more sensitive than that — more sensible, I should say than that — beats me.”

— PHIL BATT, the former Republican governor of Idaho, in a speech thanking the Idaho Human Rights Commission for giving him its Lifetime Achievement Award. Batt, 86, endorsed Idaho’s “Add the Words” campaign, which aims to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the Idaho Human Rights Act.

“Tea partier goes down.”

— HUFFINGTON POST headline announcing Republican Ken Cuccinelli’s loss to Democrat Terry McAullife in the Nov. 4 Virginia gubernatorial race. The headline refers to Cucinnelli’s unsuccessful attempt to criminalize oral sex.

So they said… Quotes from the news

“Well, something that shocked me about Russia – and I’m surprised this is not a huge story – suddenly, homosexuality is against the law. I mean, this seems like Germany: Let’s round up the Jews, let’s round up the gays, let’s round up the blacks. I mean, it starts with that. Why is not more of the world outraged at this?”

– JAY LENO speaking with President Barack Obama on the “Tonight Show.”

“It is a shame and it is a sin but it is a personal choice. It is not normal but a person cannot be punished in Russia for being homosexual, or to live with a dog, with a horse, with a sheep, whatever.”

– Russian politician VITALY MILONOV speaking to the BBC about the “sin” of homosexuality. Milonov is behind St. Petersburg’s anti-gay law, which was later adopted by the nation as a whole.

“I applaud the Russians for taking a stand for children!”

– National Organization for Marriage spokesperson REV. BILL OWENS praising Russia’s persecution of LGBT people.

“Our (Russian) problem with homosexuals is that they behave in a provocative, victim-like way. They are aggressively foisting minority’s values on the majority. It is likely that society would counteract this. Naturally, right? In various ways, including brutal ones. … They should be prohibited from donating blood, sperm. And their hearts – in case of a car accident – should be buried or burned as unfit for extending anyone’s life.”

– Russian state television host DIMITRY KISELYVOV during a radio interview. He was promoted shortly after making the remarks.

“You go to jail in Russia for being gay. Someone better arrest those nesting dolls. They’re ladies inside other ladies!”

– STEPHEN COLBERT tweeting a comment about Russia’s crackdown on homosexuality.

“Reince Priebus, when I got engaged, congratulated me at the White House Correspondents’ weekend. Last year, Sean Spicer (RNC communications director) congratulated me on getting married to my husband. Yet they incorporate into the platform of the RNC their stance against marriage equality.”

– MSNBC host THOMAS ROBERTS speaking on “Morning Joe.”

“My mother’s illegal abortion marked a time in America that we have worked long and hard to leave behind. It was a time when women were seen as second-rate citizens who were not smart enough, nor responsible enough, nor capable enough to make decisions about their lives. It was a time that deserved to be left behind.”

– Kenosha native MARK RUFFALO speaking out for reproductive rights in a letter read during a rally outside of Mississippi’s last abortion clinic.

“I believe that exposing children to these health risks without clear evidence of benefits that outweigh these serious risks is not appropriate.”

– New Jersey GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE explaining why he signed a bill on Aug. 19 banning “ex-gay” therapy for children in his state.