“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.