• “Look, don’t be a cutie pie, OK.” Donald Trump responding testily to a reporter who pressed him on the lack of ventilators in the nation’s hospitals." (Source: Video of Trump making the statement.)
  • "To my view, the most important thing we do as elected officials is to preserve life and that is far more important than anything else, and it's spelled out in so many places in state law." Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele in a virtual press conference about Gov. Tony Evers' executive order shutting down polling places on April 7 to lessen the chance of spreading COVID-19. Republican leaders sued over the order and the state's majority Republican Supreme Court sided with them. 
  • “What he believes in, we believe in.” The Imperial Wizard of the Rebel Brigade Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in a sit-down interview with a Richmond, Va., news station. Source: Talking Points Memo.
  • “Every premature death is a tragedy, but death is an unavoidable part of life.” Republican Sen. Ron Johnson from Wisconsin, in an op-ed for USA Today in which he called for lifting some of the measures in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Johnson said the economic damage of prevention is worse than the disease and will lead to suicides." Source: USA Today
  • “They had levels of voting, that if you ever agreed to it you'd never have a Republican elected in this country again." Donald Trump sharing with Fox News his outrage over provisions for voting rights protections that Democrats included in the $2.1 trillion stimulus bill. Source: Fox News
  • “Even prior to the dire global health crisis, these facilities have a proven record of high health and safety standard violations, and Amazon has failed to provide any substantive response or solutions to those violations."
    Bernie Sanders and other lawmakers in a letter demanding that Amazon protect its warehouse workers from COVD-19. Amazon workers have tested positive and the company is hiring 100,000 new workers without an adequate plan to protect workers from infection at its increasingly more crowded warehouses, according to the letter’s signers."
  • "Instead of showing the strength and resilience of our community during this difficult time, Mr. Spell has chosen to embarrass us for his own self-promotion." Police Chief Roger Corcoran of Central, Louisiana, at a press conference announcing the arrest of megachurch pastor Tony Spell. Flouting a stay-at-home order, Spell held a service attended by more than 500 followers. The area has been hit hard by the epidemic.
  • "It is important to save lives. And I think a lot of the efforts that have been taken on social distancing were painful but necessary. But at some point we have to say, 'OK, we've got to look at what happens to our state financially. And worry about our financial health as well as our public health.'" Scott Manley, speaking for the group Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce with on News Talk 1130 WISN.

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